November 18: United States National Book Awards

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Wednesday selection: The National Book Awards in the USA, a mobile congress in Hong Kong, the Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden, among other events.

November 18 – 19
Hong Kong

Under the banner "Inspiring the Mobile Future," the 2009 Mobile Asia Congress will bring together the leadership of Asian mobile operators and key players in the broader mobile ecosystem in a forum for sharing the visions and strategies that will shape the mobile future.

United States
National Book Awards
November 18
New York City, USA

The National Book Foundation will announce the winners of the 2009 National Book Awards in a November 18 ceremony in New York City. Awards will be given in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people's literature. The National Book Awards have recognized excellence in American literature since 1950.

Stockholm International Film Festival
November 18 - 29
Stockholm, Sweden

The 20th anniversary of the Stockholm Film festival will celebrate French film director Luc Besson with the Stockholm Visionary Award, present five outdoor screenings (including a screening on a ten-ton ice screen) and feature 180 films from all over the world.

Salon du Livre de Montréal
November 18 - 23
Montreal, Canada

The Salon du Livre de Montréal is an annual event bringing together writers, publishers, booksellers, and agents from around the world. The 2008 fair attracted nearly 120,000 visitors and more than 1,450 authors. Held at Montreal's Place Bonaventure, the fair features an extensive program of readings, launches, seminars, and social events. It is one of the three largest French-language book fairs in the world.