Prizes

January 21, 2012

2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced 2

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As we’ve noted in the past, the NBCC seems to do a better job of catching the zeitgeist than other major prizes like the National Book Award and the Booker, which like to play kingmaker by annointing less well known titles.

January 13, 2012

The Story Prize 2011 Shortlist 0

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The Story Prize has announced its nominees for the 2011 prize, We Others by Steven Millhauser, Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman, The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo. Our review of the latter was published today.

January 10, 2012

Your Guide to the Man Asian Literary Prize Shortlist 7

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It’s a broad, engaging list, and probably all the better for not being dominated by such a powerful figure as Haruki Marukami.

November 16, 2011

2011 National Book Award Winners Announced 1

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A novel that’s “gritty, loamy and alive” takes home the fiction prize.

November 15, 2011

On Spinach and the National Book Awards 12

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I want to live in a world – and I believe we’re closer than we think – where “the reading public” consumes, likes, and engages with many different kinds of literary nourishment; and where writers, teachers, and critics trust and even expect readers to do so.

November 8, 2011

Digging into the 2012 IMPAC Longlist 0

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Because of the IMPAC award’s global reach and egalitarian process, it’s always interesting to dig deeper into the longlist.

October 18, 2011

The Favorite Takes Home the Booker 0

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We called Barnes’s book one of our Most Anticipated for the second half of 2011.

October 12, 2011

2011 National Book Award Finalists Announced 8

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Women dominate the fiction finalists again, and small presses are well represented.

October 6, 2011

Swedish Poet Wins Nobel Prize 10

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“Because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.”

September 20, 2011

2011′s Literary Geniuses 2

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The MacArthur grant awards $500,000, “no strings attached” to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”