Tina Fey, Jane Fonda and William Shatner are now award winners in the book world. On Tuesday night, Fey received Audie Awards for Audio Book of the Year and best iography/Memoir for her narration of her million-selling “Bossypants.” Fonda won in the Personal Development category as the reader of her own “Prime Time.” Shatner was cited in Humor for “Shatner’s Rules.” Hope Davis’ narration of Ann Patchett’s “State of Wonder” won for literary fiction and Will Patton’s reading of James Lee Burke’s “Feast Day of Fools” won for mystery. The awards, in more than 25 categories, were sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association. … First editions of all 93 Pulitzer Prize-winning works of fiction will be offered for sale at a New York auction next week. Sotheby’s says the novels will be sold as one lot at its June 15 books and manuscripts sale. They’re estimated to bring $50,000 to $70,000. The seller is a private collector. Notable titles in the collection include “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck and “Humboldt’s Gift” by Saul Bellow. The collection begins with the first Pulitzer for fiction in 1918 for “His Family” by Ernest Poole. It ends with Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit From the Goon Squad” in 2011. No prize for fiction was awarded this year. … Queen Elizabeth II visited her husband, Prince Philip, at the hospital Wednesday after officials said he will likely remain there for a few days to treat a bladder infection, an ailment that has already forced him to miss much of the celebration of his wife’s 60 years on the throne. Buckingham Palace said Philip’s condition had “improved considerably,” adding that the prince, who turns 91 on Sunday, “is in good spirits.”
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Posted June 06, 2012, at 4:59 p.m.