Jennifer Egan beats Jonathan Franzen to win the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. The Los Angeles Timesstill leads its story with a picture of the over-hyped Franzen.

3D: It's not just for blockbusters anymore.

Pulitizer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon and his wife, novelist and ex-lawyer Ayelet Waldman (who really, really, really loves her husband), are finally collaborating. They'll write and executive produce a project for HBO, called Hobgoblin, about a group of tricksters who use their wiles to battle the Nazis during World War Two.

Even opera hasn't escaped "American Idol"-style judgment.

Author Maureen Johnson has launched an online fundraiser for Shelterbox, with proceeds going to assist earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. Tweet your donation for a chance to win something -- authors besides Johnson are offering signed copies of their books, too, to encourage giving.

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