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Doerr, Powers on fiction longlist for National Book Awards

Sep. 17, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Doerr, Richard Powers and Lauren Groff are among this years nominees on the National Book Awards' fiction longlist, which also includes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' epic debut novel “The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois,” already an Oprah Winfrey selection and...

Louis Menand among nonfiction National Book Award nominees

Sep. 16, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Menand's Cold War cultural history “The Free World” and Hanif Abdurraqib's meditation on Black artistry “A Little Devil in America” are among the works on the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards. On Thursday, the National Book...

National Book Award longlists announced in 2 categories

Sep. 15, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories ranging from retellings of the myths of Paul Bunyan and of Hans Christian Andersen's “The Snow Queen” to a look back at the Black Panther Party are among the 10 nominees on the longlist for the National Book Award for young people's literature. ...

In Sandra Cisneros' new book, an overdue letter to a friend

Sep. 14, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With her new book, “Martita, I Remember You," Sandra Cisneros feels like she's finally answered a long overdue letter. The author of the best-selling novella “The House on Mango Street” is back with her first work of fiction in almost a decade, a...

US authors Lockwood, Powers, Shipstead up for Booker Prize

Sep. 14, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Novels that explore historical injustices, the nature of consciousness and the dizzying impact of the internet are among six finalists for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. Three books by American authors are on the shortlist announced Tuesday for...

Poet Patricia Smith wins $100,000 lifetime achievement award

Sep. 14, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Patricia Smith has won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement, a $100,000 honor presented by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. Previous winners include W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan and the current poet laureate, Joy Harjo. Smith is known for...

Whitehead's 'Harlem Shuffle' among Kirkus Prize nominees

Sep. 13, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest novels from Colson Whitehead and Joy Williams, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' debut work, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” are among this year's finalists for the Kirkus Prize, $50,000 awards presented by the trade publication. ...

West Virginia Book Festival will be virtual event

Sep. 13, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — This year's West Virginia Book Festival has decided to go virtual due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, officials said. The free event will still be held Oct. 22-23 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, but events will be...

Karen Tei Yamashita to receive honorary National Book Award

Sep. 10, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Karen Tei Yamashita, this year's recipient of a National Book Award for literary achievement, is in some ways a departure from previous winners. The National Book Foundation announced Friday that Yamashita has been awarded its medal for Distinguished...

Mankato professor named Minnesota's 1st Native poet laureate

Sep. 09, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Dakota scholar, author and artist has been named Minnesota's poet laureate, the first time the honor has been bestowed upon a Native American, the governor's office announced Thursday. Minnesota State University, Mankato English professor Gwen...