2012 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 2012.

List of years in literature (table)
In poetry


New books

Fiction (literary)

Children and young people



See 2012 in poetry

Science fiction and fantasy

Crime, horror etc.




Mo Yan 14 2012
Mo Yan in Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature

See also


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External links

2002 in poetry

Nationality words link to articles with information on the nation's poetry or literature (for instance, Irish or France).

2012 in Australian literature

This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of Australian literature during 2012.

A Capitalism for the People

A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity is a non-fiction book by the Italian–American writer and economist Luigi Zingales, known for serving as a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He also authored the book Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists in 2003.

In A Capitalism for the People, Zingales writes that he wants to rescue markets and competition from the twin forces that threaten them: over-regulation on the political left and, on the right, a pro-business (as opposed to pro-market) ideology. He sees the great threat to the U.S. economy as being crony capitalism and he lays out what he sees as persuasive evidence, and he suggests to channel populist anger, reverse the movement toward a crony system, reduce the opportunities for rent seeking, and increase the opportunities for competition. He advocates reforms such as greater transparency of economic data as well as restrictions on lobbying.Zingales has answered questions on his book during the Business Daily programme on World Service BBC.He has presented his book at the London School of Economics where he warned that the U.S. economy risks deteriorating into a Berlusconi-style crony-capitalist system—pro-business rather than pro-market, and run by corrupt politicians who are more concerned with lining the pockets of the connected elite than with improving opportunity for the people.The book has received positive reviews from a variety of publications such as EconTalk, Publishers Weekly, and The Sacramento Bee.

How Music Works

How Music Works is a non-fiction book by David Byrne, a musician, writer, and public figure best known for his work with the group Talking Heads. He discusses the form and influence of music in a non-linear narrative fashion, using a variety of experiences from his career to create something part autobiography and part music theory. The book was published through McSweeney's on September 12, 2012, and was named as one of Amazon.com's "Best Books of the Month" in that same month. It has received mainly positive reviews.

List of years in literature

This page gives a chronological list of years in literature (descending order), with notable publications listed with their respective years and a small selection of notable events. The time covered in individual years covers Renaissance, Baroque and Modern literature, while Medieval literature is resolved by century.

Note: List of years in poetry exists specifically for poetry.

See Table of years in literature for an overview of all "year in literature" pages.

Mirror Earth

Mirror Earth: The Search for Our Planet's Twin is a 2012 non-fiction book by Michael D. Lemonick. It discusses the work of "exoplaneteers"—defining the term as a group of scientists looking through various other planetary systems to detect alternate planets that are suitable for possible life.Lemonick has served as a science journalist for Time as well as an author of multiple other books such as Echo of the Big Bang. Positive reviews for his latest book appeared in publications such as Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and The Wall Street Journal.

Splendors and Glooms

Splendors and Glooms is a 2012 children's novel written by Laura Amy Schlitz. The book was awarded a 2013 Newbery Honor for excellence in children's literature.

The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up

The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up is a 2012 satirical novel by the American writer Jacob M. Appel. "Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, in the United States," the author explained, "I knew I wanted to write a book against the backlash of those events. It took me three years to complete…. At the time, I did not think it would take me another eight years to find a publisher. I came close many times, but American publishers appeared to fear the political content of the work and several of them admitted this candidly or even asked me to 'sanitize' the novel." In 2012, it won the Dundee International Book Prize, one of the UK's most lucrative prizes for an unpublished debut novel, and was published by Cargo Publishing.The title refers to the protagonist, a middle-aged botanist named Arnold Brinkman, who takes his nephew to Yankee Stadium for a baseball game. During the seventh-inning stretch, fans are asked to rise for the singing of "God Bless America" in honor of two Bronx soldiers killed in the line of duty. Arnold remains seated. "When the stadium cameras inevitably find him," wrote reviewer Steve Donoghue, "and put his picture up on the jumbo-tron for the fans and all the home viewers to see, Arnold does the unforgivable: he sticks out his tongue."

The New New Deal

The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era is a 2012 book about the Obama administration and its response to the world financial crisis written by journalist Michael Grunwald. He describes the discussions and debates that led to the government's anti-recession measures such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Taking a positive review of the President's efforts, Grunwald defends the economic measures as full of important, long-term investments while charging Republican Party opponents as being hypocritical and self-serving. The book was published by Simon & Schuster on August 14, 2012.Grunwald had previously served as a journalist for Time as well as the author of the 2007 non-fiction work The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise. The title of his new book intentionally refers back to the 'New Deal' policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a matter also much discussed in the book itself. Supportive reviews ran in publications such as Bloomberg View, The Economist, and Kirkus Reviews, while negative reviews appeared in publications such as Reason.com and City Journal.

The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2012

This is a list of adult fiction books that topped The New York Times Fiction Best Seller list in 2012.The most popular book of the year was Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James with 28 weeks at the top.

The Sermon on the Fall of Rome

The Sermon on the Fall of Rome (French: Le Sermon sur la chute de Rome) is a novel by the French writer Jérôme Ferrari, published in 2012. The book received the Prix Goncourt in 2012. It was translated to English from the original French by Geoffrey Strachan.

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