National Book Awards judges Wednesday honored both established and emerging authors, awarding the nonfiction prize to Robert Caro for Master of the Senate, the third volume of his Lyndon Johnson biography, and the fiction prize to Julia Glass for her debut novel, Three Junes. None of the other fiction nominees had written more than two works of fiction.
Other prizes went to Nancy Farmer, who won in the young people's literature category for The House of the Scorpion, and to poet Ruth Stone for her collection In the Next Galaxy.
Winners received $10,000 and finalists $1,000. The awards are sponsored by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization that runs educational outreach programs.
"Quidam' adds more shows
Cirque du Soleil's Quidam has added two performances to its St. Petersburg run, at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and at 5 p.m. Dec. 15, when the show closes. Tickets may be purchased online at www.cirquedusoleil.com, by calling toll-free 1-800-678-5440, or at the box office in the Tropicana Field parking lot.
Columnist Carolyn Hax remarrying
A year ago Washington Post advice columnist Carolyn Hax, whose "Tell Me About It" runs in 200 papers, announced that she and husband Nick Galifianakis were getting a divorce.
Hax, 35, has dropped another bombshell. Today, she's marrying Connecticut educator Kenny Ackerman, 34, whom she has known since grade school in New Haven, Conn., and in March she's scheduled to deliver twin boys.
"A girl gets busy," Hax quipped, adding that Galifianakis, who remains a friend, will continue to illustrate her column, which runs twice a week in the Floridian section of the Times.
Timberlake breaks his foot
'N Sync's Justin Timberlake canceled performances for two weeks after breaking a foot, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.
Timberlake, 21, who recently released his solo album, Justified, had been rehearsing for an awards party sponsored by Smash Hits magazine when the injury occurred. Details weren't available. He had been scheduled to co-host Sunday's T4 Poll Winners Party, but canceled on the advice of his doctor.