Latest Literary awards News

Review: 'Less Is Lost,' a funny and affecting U.S. road trip

Sep. 19, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

“Less Is Lost,” by Andrew Sean Greer (Little, Brown) Andrew Sean Greer's “Less Is Lost” is the highly anticipated follow up to his 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Less,” a satire about an American abroad who travels the globe from Mexico to Germany to Japan to avoid...

Poet Marilyn Nelson wins $100,000 lifetime achievement prize

Sep. 19, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Marilyn Nelson has won the $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award, a lifetime achievement honor presented by the Academy of American Poets for “proven mastery in the art of poetry.” “For decades Marilyn Nelson has written a poetry that is insightful, moving, and...

Novelist Gayl Jones is among National Book Award finalists

Sep. 16, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Gayl Jones is a fiction nominee for the National Book Award, the rare established name on a list of 10 that features eight debut works of fiction. Jones was cited Friday for “The Birdcatcher,” an exploration of race, art and marriage in which a Black...

George Floyd biography among National Book Award nominees

Sep. 15, 2022 20:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A biography of the late George Floyd and poetry by Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds were among the works included Thursday on long lists for the National Book Awards. “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” by...

Olympics medalist Tommie Smith is up for National Book Award

Sep. 14, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A picture story co-authored by Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and a novel by Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk were among the nominees Wednesday on long lists for the National Book Awards. The National Book Foundation, which presents the awards, released lists of...

Spanish novelist Javier Marías dies at age 70

Sep. 11, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Javier Marías, Spain’s most prestigious novelist of the past half century, has died, his publisher said Sunday. He was 70. Spanish news agency EFE reported that Marías passed away in a hospital after not recovering from a lung infection. Marías was...

Art Spiegelman to receive honorary National Book Award

Sep. 09, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — This fall, Art Spiegelman will receive an honorary National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He feels honored, and a little worried. The unexpected pleasure of being cited by the National Book Foundation comes months after the jarring...

Michelle Zauner, Gayl Jones receive American Book Awards

Sep. 08, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Crying In H Mart” memoirist Michelle Zauner, novelist Gayl Jones and author-journalist Francisco Goldman are among the winners of the 43rd annual American Book Awards, presented by Ishmael Reed's Before Columbus Foundation. The awards, which Reed helped found...

'1619 Project,' 'Books of Jacob' are among Kirkus nominees

Sep. 08, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fiction by Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk and the book-length edition of the “1619 Project” are among the nominees for Kirkus Prizes, $50,000 honors given in three competitive categories. The nominees were announced Thursday by the trade publication Kirkus...

Griffin Poetry Prize merges, and expands, annual awards

Sep. 08, 2022 09:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the world's most generous poetry awards is both consolidating and expanding. Officials of Canada's Griffin Poetry Prize announced Thursday that they are combining their international and Canadian honors into a single award, worth $100,000. The prize's...