Latest Literary awards News

Barbara Ehrenreich among winners of PEN literary awards

Apr. 09, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Ehrenreich, Ross Gay and Michael X. Wang are among the winners of prizes from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. During a virtual ceremony Thursday night, Gay's “Be Holding: A Poem” received the $75,000 Jean Stein Award...

Kemi Alabi wins First Book Award from poets academy

Apr. 08, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Chicago-based writer and activist has received the First Book Award from the Academy of American Poets. Kemi Alabi's “Against Heaven” is scheduled for publication in Spring 2022. Alabi, chosen for the honor by the acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine,...

McBride's 'Deacon King Kong' wins inaugural Gotham prize

Apr. 06, 2021 22:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James McBride's latest honor for the novel “Deacon King Kong” is a real New York story. McBride's fictional snapshot of a Brooklyn neighborhood in late 1969 has won the inaugural Gotham Book Prize, given for outstanding writing about New York City....

McBride, Trethewey among winners of Anisfield-Wolf awards

Apr. 05, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist James McBride, former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey and science fiction great Samuel R. Delaney are among this year's winners of Anisfield-Wolf awards for books that confront racism and help promote diversity. McBride's “Deacon King...

Writers from 4 continents up for International Booker Prize

Mar. 30, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Chinese writer Can Xue and Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o, both long-favored contenders for the Nobel Prize for literature, are among nominees for the International Booker Prize for fiction. Can Xue’s “I Live in the Slums” and Ngugi’s “The...

O'Farrell's 'Hamnet' wins book critics award for fiction

Mar. 25, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Maggie O'Farrell's “Hamnet,” an imagined take on the death of Shakespeare's son from the bubonic plague, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. “Hamnet,” an unfortunately well timed story for the current pandemic, explores...

Books on slavery and immigration among Lukas project winners

Mar. 24, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Books about slavery, immigration and drug treatment are among this year's winners of awards presented by the J. Anthony Lukas Project. Jessica Goudeau's “After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America” won the Lukas Book...

Rona Jaffe award for emerging writers is discontinued

Mar. 23, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A literary prize that provided vital support to Tracy K. Smith, Eula Biss and more than 100 other women early in their writing careers has been discontinued. Administrators of the Rona Jaffe Writers' Awards cited “significant” costs in running the program, founded in...

George C. Wolfe, Anne Carson win PEN achievement awards

Mar. 23, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe and Canadian poet-translator Anne Carson are among this year's winners of PEN America awards for career achievement. Wolfe, whose credits range from writing the musical “Jelly's Last Jam” to directing “Angels In...

Acclaimed Polish poet Adam Zagajewski dies at age 75

Mar. 22, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Adam Zagajewski, the celebrated Polish poet whose melancholy reflections on the erosion of the world came to express an unfathomable moment of shock and loss after the 9/11 attacks in the U.S., has died in Krakow. He was 75. Zagajewski’s death on...