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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

Robert A. Caro, 2016 National Book Foundation Medalist

The National Book Foundation presented Robert A. Caro the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 2016 National Book Awards. He is the author of THE POWER BROKER and The Years of Lyndon Johnson biographies.  “Robert A. Caro is an American treasure,” said Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. The … Read more

Knopf Doubleday Finalists for 2016 National Book Awards

The finalists for the 2016 Book Awards were announced and two were published by Knopf Doubleday. Colson Whitehead’s THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is a finalist in fiction and BLOOD IN THE WATER, the first definitive account of the 1971 Attica prison uprising, was named a finalist for nonfiction. Winners will be presented by the National Book … Read more

2015 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to Knopf Doubleday writers

President Obama awarded Sandra Cisneros and Moises Kaufman a National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States government. The NEA Chairman said: “These National Medal of Arts recipients have helped to define our nation’s cultural legacy through the artistic excellence of their creative traditions Sandra Cisneros, the author of … Read more

Sharon Olds Honored with the Wallace Stevens Award

Poet Sharon Olds received the Academy of American Poets’ 2016 Wallace Stevens Award. Given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry, the award was established in 1994, and carries a $100,000 stipend. Recipients are chosen by the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors. Mark Doty, a member of the … Read more