Pulitzer prize winners
An Espionage Thriller Set in World War I Era: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Olen Butler on His New Novel The Star of Istanbul
I caught up with Butler, shortly after he'd received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. We talked about his views on the place of popular culture in his literary fiction, on journalists and espionage, on his cats and hobbies, and on why the genre of the thriller speaks so readily to our contemporary imagination.
The Denver Post won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for its coverage of the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., while The New York Times captured four awards for reporting on a harrowing avalanche, the rise of a new aristocracy in China and the business practices of Apple and Wal-Mart.
Junot Díaz Gives Advice to Young Writers at the 12th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival
This weekend young writers swarmed Dominican-American and Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.. At the Q&A preceding his reading, he favored their questions. Here are the tips he gave young writers:
Poets and Writers implies that simply by submitting to a large number of contests, a writer with a high-quality manuscript would eventually prevail. Based on my experience as a judge for some of these competitions, I'm not so sure.
The winners of other fiction awards, all chosen by qualified panels, will be in a charmed circle among this year's best. The pity is that none of the three fine books nominated by this year's hard-working Pulitzer panel will be found in that circle.