Literary Prizes

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I was at a dinner of publishing professionals recently when a book came up that I said I hadn't enjoyed. The response was: "It won the Pulitzer."
Every year since 2004 the Library of Michigan has publicized as many as 20 Notable Michigan books "reflective of Michigan's diverse ethnic, historical, literary, and cultural experience."
Elizabeth Strout's new novel, My Name is Lucie Barton, returns to the mother-daughter turf of her debut, Amy and Isabelle, published a decade and a half ago.
(You can see all of the charts on Griffith's blog.) As the VIDA count has effectively demonstrated over the past few years
Paul Burston, the creator of the Polari Literary Salon in London, has, through sheer charm, hard work and diligence, transformed the possibilities of what a literary event should be: a space crackling with energy, ideas, excitement, raucousness and just plain ole fun.
But each of us is given a unique thread, a point-of-view, a message to contribute to the story of humankind. Somewhere deep down, we know what it is, but we sell out for one reason or another.
In reality, neither of the two categories of writers necessarily deserve the distinction of being better writers. Different writers is a better word choice.
Two books positively straining at their bindings are in your local bookstore right now; pick them up, and you'll be glad you did.
Alice Munro's writing, like all great writing, teaches us to be human. It engages big questions in small spaces: What does it mean to be regional? What does it mean to be Canadian? What does it mean to be a mother? What does it mean to be betrayed?
extreme frontier of Latin America and the only Latin American country conquered twice, a place to which the Spanish colonial
My Little Publishing Company plans to single-handedly bring back the prestige of literary prizes.
This summer, I found myself re-reading Alice Walker's The Color Purple, a book that is both wonderful and awful. After finishing, I asked myself, "Why do some books by great authors (or parts of books by great authors) work so well, while others fail?"
Gender distinctions in literature are arbitrary and often ass-backwards. Can women, for example, write "men's fiction"? Why not?
An incredible number of literary heavyweights have been insulted with spots on the Bad Sex shortlist over the past 19 years. Which begs the question: Has sufficient attention been paid to the art of writing sex scenes?
Part of the project of leading American poets today is to purge public memory of all excitement. If and when the external
The Man Booker longlist, announced last week, included four first-time novelists. This week we talk to all four about the
One of the most difficult aspects of being a judge for the Man Booker Prize, as I discovered in 2008, becomes apparent when
The Man Booker Longlist was announced today, and the books offer a surprising variety, from past award-winners to first-time
The 2011 Forward prize shortlist has been announced. It's an anniversary year: the prize is celebrating its 20th birthday