Prizes

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.”

September 6, 2011

Two Debut Novelists on the 2011 Booker Shortlist 4

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Julian Barnes leads a shortlist that includes a pair of newcomers.

August 3, 2011

Why Do We Care About Literary Awards? 15

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Getting worked up about the fact that really interesting, innovative fiction so often gets ignored by awards judges is, when you think about it, a little bit absurd.