Latest Literary fiction News

Wilbur Smith, prolific author of adventure tales, dies at 88

Nov. 14, 2021 17:34 PM EST

Wilbur Smith, a bestselling author who wrote dozens of adventure novels, has died at age 88. Smith died unexpectedly at his home in Cape Town, South Africa, on Saturday, his office said in an obituary posted on the website wilbursmithbooks.com. A cause of death was not...

Booker winner Damon Galgut laments South Africa's gloom

Nov. 09, 2021 09:30 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — South African author Damon Galgut has mixed feelings. This has been a great week for him, a good month for African writers — and a terrible year, he says, for his country, blighted by pandemic and corruption. Galgut won the Booker Prize for fiction on...

Omar El Akkad wins Canadian literature award

Nov. 08, 2021 23:15 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Omar El Akkad, an Egyptian-Canadian author and journalist, the author of a story of the global refugee crisis through the eyes of a child, has won Canada’s richest literary award. El Akkad won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his book “What Strange...

S African Damon Galgut wins Booker Prize for 'The Promise'

Nov. 03, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — South African writer Damon Galgut won the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction on Wednesday with “The Promise,” a novel about one white family’s reckoning with South Africa’s racist history. Galgut had been British bookmakers’ runaway favorite to...

Review: Denis Villeneuve's doom-laden, dynamite 'Dune'

Oct. 20, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

A cool wind sweeps through the sands of “Dune,” Denis Villeneuve’s chilly, majestic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 science-fiction novel. Hot as it may be on Arrakis, the desert planet that draws the universe’s most powerful interests to its...

Tanzanian Abdulrazak Gurnah awarded Nobel literature prize

Oct. 07, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.K.-based Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose experience of crossing continents and cultures has nurtured his novels about the impact of migration on individuals and societies, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday. The Swedish Academy...

Nobel Prize for literature awarded to Zanzibar-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah

Oct. 07, 2021 07:06 AM EDT
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prize for literature awarded to Zanzibar-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah.

Winfrey chooses Richard Powers' 'Bewilderment' for book club

Sep. 28, 2021 08:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey’s new book club pick is Richard Powers' “Bewilderment,” his first novel since the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Overstory" and already on the fiction longlist for the National Book Awards. “My next selection is from one of our...

Review: Anthony Doerr dreams big with 'Cloud Cuckoo Land'

Sep. 27, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

“Cloud Cuckoo Land,” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) How do you follow up a Pulitzer Prize-winning work of fiction? If you’re novelist Anthony Doerr (“All the Light We Cannot See”) you write a story that consists of five separate stories, spans millennia, and all...

Review: 'Echoes of the Dead' is a fast-paced thriller

Sep. 21, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

“Echoes of the Dead,” by Spencer Kope (Minotaur) When four wealthy men, one of them a congressman, disappear on their annual fishing trip to the Upper Kern River near Bakersfield, California, Magnus “Steps” Craig of the F.B.I. Special Tracking Unit senses real...