Literary events

August 05, 2020 - 2:46 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shirley Ann Grau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer whose stories and novels told of both the dark secrets and the beauty of the Deep South, has died. She was 91. Her daughter Nora McAlister said Wednesday that Grau died Monday in a memory care facility of complications...
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Author Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks during the Celebration of the Life of Toni Morrison, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in New York. A stage production of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," his prize winning book about racism and police violence against Blacks, is being adapted by HBO for a special this fall. HBO announced Thursday that the program will feature readings from Coates' book and will be directed by Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamila Forbes. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
July 23, 2020 - 1:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A stage production of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," his prize winning book about racism and police violence, is being adapted by HBO for a special this fall. HBO announced Thursday that the program will feature readings from “Between the World and Me” and will be...
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This illustration shows the logo for the newly established Gotham Book Prize. The literary award with a $50,000 cash prize will honor those best at telling a New York story. The Gotham literary prize, announced Thursday, came out of a conversation between businessman-philanthropist Bradley Tusk and political strategist Howard Wolfson. Starting next spring, the prize will be given to a book, fiction or nonfiction, published in a given calendar year that is about New York City or takes place there. (Gotham Book Prize via AP)
July 23, 2020 - 1:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A new literary award with a $50,000 cash prize will honor those best at telling a New York story. The Gotham Literary Prize, announced Thursday, came out of a conversation between businessman-philathropist Bradley Tusk and political strategist Howard Wolfson, who told The Associated...
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This image released by Alfred A Knopf shows executive director of the National Book Foundation, Lisa Lucas, who has been named senior vice president of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group imprints Pantheon and Schocken. (Beowulf Sheehan/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group via AP)
July 15, 2020 - 9:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the organization which presents the National Book Awards is joining the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation since 2016, has been named senior vice president of the Knopf imprints Pantheon and Schocken Books. “I...
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This image released by Doubleday shows Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Nickel Boys." On Monday, the Library of Congress announced that Whitehead had won its Prize for American Fiction. Whitehead, 50, is the youngest winner of the lifetime achievement prize, which the library has previously given to Toni Morrison, Philip Roth and Denis Johnson. (Madeline Whitehead/Doubleday via AP)
July 13, 2020 - 7:37 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already this year's recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library of Congress. On Monday, it announced that he had won the Library of Congress Prize for...
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This combination photo shows the cover of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Nickel Boys," left, and a portrait of author Colson Whitehead. Whitehead became the first fiction writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for back to back novels. “The Nickel Boys,” his followup to “Underground Railroad,” won the Pulitzer in April and comes out in paperback this week. He also managed to finish a crime novel, with the working title “Harlem Shuffle,” that he began more than a year ago. (Doubleday, left, and Madeline Whitehead/Doubleday via AP)
June 30, 2020 - 8:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Even sheltering in place, Colson Whitehead has had an eventful year. Whitehead became the first fiction writer to win Pulitzers for back to back novels, “Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys,” which won the Pulitzer in May and comes out in paperback this week. He also managed...
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In this Thursday, June 25, 2020, photo, novelist Ann Patchett, right, and her business partner, Karen Hayes, left, pose in their independent bookstore, Parnassus Books, in Nashville, Tenn. Their bookstore that opened and thrived while others were closing their doors is once again defying the odds during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
June 26, 2020 - 12:04 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville bookstore that opened and thrived while others were closing their doors is once again defying the odds, thanks, in part, to its famous novelist co-owner. Throughout the pandemic, Ann Patchett has appeared on the Parnassus Books Instagram account, often in a...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2008 file photo, author Don DeLillo speaks at "The Time of His Life", A Celebration of the Life of Norman Mailer tribute at Carnegie Hall in New York. DeLillo, known for imagining disaster in “White Noise,” “End Zone” and other works has a novel "The Silence" coming in October that takes place in 2022 amid a digital shutdown in New York City. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, file)
June 24, 2020 - 1:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Don DeLillo will have something to say this fall about fear and isolation. The 83-year-old author known for imagining disaster in “White Noise,” “End Zone” and other works has a novel coming in October that takes place in 2022 amid a digital shutdown in New York City. The book is...
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June 23, 2020 - 11:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The author and educator Danielle Allen has received a $500,000 prize from the Library of Congress. Allen has won John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. Allen is a Harvard University professor whose initiatives include the Democratic Knowledge Project for...
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This cover image released by Riverhead Books shows "Deacon King Kong," a novel by James McBride. Oprah Winfrey has chosen McBride’s “Deacon King Kong” for her book club. McBride’s novel is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969. It pays tribute to community and to McBride's own childhood in a Brooklyn project. (Riverhead Books via AP)
June 16, 2020 - 8:46 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has chosen James McBride's “Deacon King Kong” for her book club. McBride's novel is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969 and centers on the shooting of a drug dealer by an aging and tipsy church deacon. But it also pays tribute to community and to McBride's own...
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