5 Lunchtime Links: National Book Award finalists announced and more

Sonny Figueroa
Sonny Figueroa

1. The finalists for the 2015 National Book Awards have been announced.

The names of the 20 finalists, whose books beat out 1,428 others, to make the shortlists for the National Book Awards were released today. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and winners will receive $10,000 during an announcement ceremony Nov. 18. All of the writers to make the fiction shortlist this year are first-time finalists. Other categories inlcude nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ best-selling “Between the World and Me” made the nonfiction list. You can view the full list of finalists, here.

2. Lamar Odom hospitalized after being found unconscious at Nevada brothel.

Ex-NBA player Lamar Odom, who played for teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, was hospitalized Wednesday after being found unconscious in Nevada. The owner of the Love Ranch, the brothel Odom was staying at, said he had been taking herbal Viagra and drinking heavily since his arrival days earlier. Estranged wife Khloe Kardashian reportedly remains with Odom, who has had a history of drug abuse, at the hospital.

3. Dog & Duck Pub to reopen next week in East Austin.

Beloved Austin bar Dog & Duck Pub, which closed its campus area location last year, will reopen next week at 2400 Webberville Rd., Ste. A. The new location will be open from 7 a.m. till midnight and will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in addition to its selection of 33 beers on tap.

4. Company makes prosthetic arms for children with Disney themes.

New, cheaper prosthetic options designed by Open Bionics are offering child amputees a few more choices — they can choose between an Iron Man, “Frozen” or Jedi themed prosthetic hand. The company has teamed with Disney and its Techstars startup accelerator to design the prostheses, complete with colored LED lights.

5. Widow of GM exec’s estate sale this weekend to sell hundreds of items.

Don’t worry about missing the ranch built by the late Dollie Ann Fechner Cole after exiting Texas 130 at Briarpatch Ranch– it is, after all, the exit’s namesake. The ranch will be home to a giant estate sale this weekend and later again this month in an effort to clear out some of the thousands of items Cole collected and stored in the 15,000-square-foot home. “People from Lockhart lined up to see Mom’s closets,” Cole’s daughter Anne Cole Pierce said. “They’d heard about them for years.”

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