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Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos.

The National Book Critics Circle Awards 2013

The winners of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced on March 13th at the New School in New York.

Founded in 1974, the National Book Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor outstanding writing and to foster a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. The awards are open to any book published in the United States in English (including translations). The National Book Critics Circle comprises nearly 600 critics and editors from leading newspapers and magazines providing coverage of books.

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2013

The 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded on Friday, April 11, 2014, in a public ceremony at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. The best books of 2013 were recognized in 10 categories, along with the winners of Innovator’s and Robert Kirsch awards.