Latest Literary awards News

LSU professor's Civil War book wins awards from 2 groups

Jul. 18, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University professor Nathan Kalmoe’s book about the Civil War has won awards from two professional associations. “With Ballots and Bullets: Partisanship and Violence in the American Civil War” has awards from both the...

Author Joy Williams honored by Library of Congress

Jun. 30, 2021 07:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Library of Congress awarded a lifetime achievement prize to Joy Williams, a fiction writer known for her spare prose and dark and incisive worldview. Williams is this year's recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, an honor...

Nobelist Wole Soyinka to honor Henry Louis Gates at PEN gala

Jun. 23, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka will be attending this fall's PEN America literary gala, flying in from his native Nigeria to help present an award to the author, scholar and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr. “It means a great deal to Skip Gates and to PEN...

'The Night Watchman,' Malcolm X biography win arts Pulitzers

Jun. 11, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories of race, racism and colonialism in the U.S. swept the Pulitzer Prizes for the arts, from Louise Erdrich's novel “The Night Watchman” to a Malcolm X biography co-written by the late Les Payne to Katori Hall's play “The Hot Wing King.” The...

The Latest: 2021 Pulitzer Prizes honor journalism, arts

Jun. 11, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes: RICHMOND — Michael Paul Williams of Virginia's Richmond Times-Dispatch won this year’s prize for commentary for a series of “penetrating and historically insightful columns” about the process of dismantling...

French non-fiction author Carrere wins top Spanish award

Jun. 09, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — French author Emmanuel Carrere, popular for his non-fiction books in a high literary vein, has been granted this year’s Spanish Princess of Asturias Literature Award. The award is one of the eight prestigious prizes by the foundation named after the heir...

Luiselli's prize-winning novel responds to migratory crisis

Jun. 07, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Valeria Luiselli is pleased to have passed the libraries’ test with her first novel written directly in English, “Lost Children Archive” (“Sound Desert”), which received the Dublin Literary Award. The 100,000-euro ($122,000) award, sponsored...

Rowling, Pilkey among authors mourning Scholastic CEO

Jun. 07, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — J.K. Rowling is praising the longtime head of the U.S. publisher of her "Harry Potter” books as an ally and early defender of the beloved fantasy series. Richard Robinson, who led Scholastic Inc. for more than 40 years, died on June 5 at 84. “Dick...

Fiction, memoirs, poems spring from 1,000-word challenge

Jun. 07, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A. Stella Oloye, a Washington, D.C-based writer working on an Afrofuturism novel, was at a low point this spring when she learned of an online challenge she likens to a “gift from God": #1000wordsofsummer. The rules: Set down 1,000 words a day for 14...

Richard Robinson, longtime Scholastic CEO, dead at 84

Jun. 06, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Robinson, who as the longtime head of Scholastic Inc. shaped the reading habits of millions of young readers through such bestsellers as J.K. Rowling's “Harry Potter” novels and through a wide range of educational materials, reading clubs and book fairs, has...