The Shallows named PEN Center Award finalist

I’m thrilled to report that The Shallows was today named a finalist for the PEN Center USA 2011 Literary Award in the category of Research Nonfiction. The other finalists in the category are Colossus by Michael Hiltzik and Charlie Chan by Yunte Huang. The winner in the category is Why the West Rules – For Now by Ian Morris.

2 thoughts on “The Shallows named PEN Center Award finalist

  1. Gabi Romeiro

    Hi Nicholas, my name’s Gabriela Romeiro and I’m from Brazil.

    I wrote an chronicle published at (it’s in Portuguese, but Google can help, lol), about the same main subject you mention in your book. I also read your article “Is Google Making Us Stupid” and found it wonderful.

    A person who read my chronicle suggested me your book because I research the relation between new medias and litterature in my Master course and I was really glad to find out about your work.

    I don’t know if you plan to publish something in Portuguese, but I also work as a translator and I would like to say that I’m totally available to translate this wonderful project if you find it interesting.

    Thanks for your attention and keep up the great work.



  2. Drdunckley

    Dear Nicholas, congratulations… (and on being a Pulitzer prize finalist-quite impressive!)

    Ironically I just bought The Shallows as my first Kindle book and I wish I had just bought the paperback (was trying to save space).

    Anyway, I’m a child psychiatrist writing a book on how electronic screens (video games, internet use, texting, etc) create or exacerbate mood, attention, and behavior problems, resulting in misdiagnoiss and unnecessary medication. I put all of my patients on a 3-4 week electronic fast and it works virtually 100% of the time. So while I am in alignment with your arguments, I believe the screens themselves are much more ominous and destructive than anyone realizes.

    In the process of writing my book, I’ve realized that my MIT-graduate husband can’t read a book very easily (or quickly, for that matter). I shudder to think what the next generation of kids will be like (especially the boys), and I pity their teachers.

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