Prizes

October 7, 2004

The Nobel 0

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Confirming speculation that it would be given to a woman, the 2004 Nobel Prize has been awarded to Elfriede Jelinek, an Austrian author who is probably unknown to most American readers. Her books are dark and often disturbing. She is best known for her book, The Piano Teacher, which was made into an award-winning film. […]

September 23, 2004

Booker Shortlist Excerpt Extravaganza 0

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The Booker frenzy is reaching a fevered pitch. I’ve scoured the web for the words of the shortlisted authors. Place your bets accordingly. The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall — excerpt Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst — profile Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell — excerpt The Master by Colm Toibin — excerpt I’ll Go […]

September 13, 2004

Booker Season 0

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We are swiftly approaching the announcement of the Booker Prize. Britain’s highest award for fiction, the award is fussed over endlessly by the gossip-hungry British press, and, for the winner, the rewards are plentiful, often turning a book into a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. Take Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, […]

May 5, 2004

Another Brit Prize 0

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The shortlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize was announced today. The prize, run by the BBC, “aims to reward the best of non-fiction, from biography, travel and popular science to the arts and current affairs.” The winner will be announced on June 15th. Here are the shortlisted titles: A Short History of Nearly Everything by […]

April 6, 2004

Pulitzer Followup 0

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The Washington Post has a good roundup of all the books that were recognized by the Pulitzer judges yesterday. Also, it turns out that Franz Wright, who received the poetry Pulitzer yesterday, is the son of the late poet James Arlington Wright, who won the Pulitzer in 1972 for his Collected Poems.

April 5, 2004

Pulitzer Day! 0

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I’m back from Vegas just in time for the announcement of the winners of the Pulitzer Prize. Here are the winners and finalists in all of the book categories: NOVEL The Known World by Edward P. Jones Winner! American Woman by Susan Choi Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins DRAMA: I Am My Own […]

March 23, 2004

The People’s Choice 0

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Back in January I briefly made mention of something called the WHSmith Award. It’s a British award that is determined by public opinion. People vote from a list of nominated finalists to determine the best book of the year. After 148,000 votes cast, they have announced the winners in eight categories, including the latest Harry […]

March 7, 2004

Award Winner, New Book, Big Book 0

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Edward P. Jones continues to receive accolades for his National Book Critics Circle Award. This AP article gives some more insight on Jones and his book, The Known World. Could a Pulitzer be around the corner? In the San Francisco Chronicle, a considerable profile of T. C. Boyle. It looks like Boyle’s next book will […]

March 5, 2004

Award Season 0

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Now that Hollywood’s “award season” is over, the book world’s is getting started, and, in what may be a preview of the Pulitzer, Edward P. Jones’ much lauded novel, The Known World, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. It took him so long to write this book that he was too embarrassed […]

November 18, 2003

Interesting Award 0

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The Guardian has a story on an interesting literary award. The International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award starts out with nominations from 162 libraries all over the world, which makes for a huge and eclectic longlist. The list of nominations includes everything under the sun. Or you can check out which libraries in which countries like […]