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Kazuo Ishiguro wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded by the Swedish Academy to the English author Kazuo Ishiguro “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” The author commented: “This is amazing and totally unexpected news. It comes at a time when … Read more

Jhumpa Lahiri is 2017 PEN/Malamud Award Winner

Jhumpa Lahiri has won the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. She will receive the $5,000 award and give a reading December 8 at the Folger Shakespeare Library.   Lahiri is the author of two short story collections: Interpreter of Maladies and Unaccustomed Earth, a pair of acclaimed novels: The Namesake, and The Lowland; as well … Read more

2017 Pulitzer Prizes to Penguin Random House titles

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday and four Penguin Random House titles received the distinguished medal honoring excellence in Arts and Letters. Fiction  THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, by Colson Whitehead, “a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks … Read more

Debut Novelist Imbolo Mbue Wins PEN/Faulkner Award

We are pleased to share that Imbolo Mbue has been awarded the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s highest honor, the award recognizes a piece of exceptional American fiction as selected by a panel of judges who themselves are representative of the most preeminent literary writers … Read more

Blood in the Water wins 2017 Bancroft Prize

Heather Ann Thompson, an historian at the University of Michigan has won the 2017 Bancroft Prize in History for Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy. Blood in the Water is the first definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising, the state’s violent response, and the victims’ decades-long quest for … Read more

Bryan Doerries, Theater of War Director Named New York City Artist in Residence

The New York City Department of Veterans’ Services and Department of Cultural Affairs named Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions, as their Public Artist in Residence (PAIR). Doerries was selected for his work as founder of Theater of War Productions, which presents programs that address the enduring impact of war as well … Read more

Maya Jasanoff receives 2017 Windham Campbell Prize in Nonfiction

The Nonfiction Windham Campbell Prize was awarded to Maya Jasanoff for her “brilliant historical writing [which] brings to life forgotten worlds and characters in richly textured narratives.” Jasanoff is the Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard College and author of Liberty’s Exiles and Edge of Empire. The Windham-Campbell prizes are global English-language awards that call … Read more

NBCC awards to Margaret Atwood and Yaa Gyasi

The National Book Critics Circle will present awards to Margaret Atwood and Yaa Gyasi on March 16, 2017 at the New School. Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books, novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. She will be honored with the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Her … Read more

John Berger, Influential Art Critic and Author, Dies at 90

John Berger, the British art critic, intellectual and prodigious author whose work redefined the way a generation saw art, died on January 2nd. He was 90. The author of criticism, novels, poetry, and screenplays Berger explored the traditional interpretations of art and society and the connection between the two.  His pioneering books include: Ways of … Read more

Brothers at Arms awarded the Journal of the American Revolution’s 2016 Book of the Year

The Journal of American Revolution Book of the Year Award, which “honors meticulous, ideally ground-breaking research combined with a well-crafted narrative,” has been bestowed this year on Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It. Written by Larrie D. Ferreiro, it is the remarkable untold story of how the … Read more