Latest Literary awards News

Handke takes Nobel Literature Prize amid protest

Dec. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Author Peter Handke received his Nobel Literature Prize on Tuesday amid criticism of him in Sweden and abroad as an apologist for Serb war crimes in the 1990s. Handke accepted the 9 million-kronor ($948,000) award from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm with the winners of...

Kosovo, Albania to boycott Nobel Literature award ceremony

Dec. 9, 2019 7:23 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo and Albania say they will boycott the Nobel Literature Prize ceremony Tuesday to protest the award being given to Austrian writer Peter Handke who both countries link to the war in the former Yugoslavia. Handke was an opponent of NATO's airstrikes against Serbia in the Kosovo...

Nobel literature winner dreams of a new narrative style

Dec. 7, 2019 2:36 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Literature Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk says she thinks a new sort of fiction may be needed to counteract the modern era's tendency to isolate and divide people. In her Saturday lecture in Stockholm ahead of receiving the prize next week, the Polish author complained of the...

Woman tells of being raised as Pearl S. Buck's daughter

Dec. 7, 2019 8:45 AM EST

HILLTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Julie Henning has told her life story at churches, schools, civic groups and conferences, sharing about coming from poverty in her native Korea to Bucks County and being raised as Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning author Pearl S. Buck's daughter. Now, Henning has written about it in a...

Nobel laureate Handke strikes out at questioners

Dec. 6, 2019 10:07 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Literature Prize laureate Peter Handke has lashed out against journalists asking about his views on the wars in former Yugoslavia. Handke has been widely criticized as an apologist for Serbian war crimes during the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In a news conference Friday ahead of...

Five finalists announced for William C. Morris book award

Dec. 4, 2019 12:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Phillippe's “The Field Guide to the North American Teenager” and David Yoon's “Frankly in Love” are among the finalists for the William C. Morris Award, given for young adult books by a debut author. The finalists were announced Wednesday by the Young Adult...

Poland’s Nobel-winning writer to support art, civil rights

Dec. 2, 2019 12:34 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Nobel Prize winning writer Olga Tokarczuk said Monday she is starting a foundation to promote literature as well as human rights and environment awareness. Tokarczuk is an outspoken critic of Poland’s right-wing government and of its policy of supporting mainly...

Susan Choi, Sarah M. Broom win National Book Awards

Nov. 21, 2019 11:07 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Choi’s novel “Trust Exercise,” in which a high school romance is spun out into a web of memories and perspectives, has won the National Book Award for fiction. Sarah M. Broom’s family memoir “The Yellow House” won in nonfiction and Martin W....

Susan Choi, Sarah M. Broom win National Book Awards

Nov. 20, 2019 10:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Choi’s novel “Trust Exercise,” in which a high school romance is spun out into a web of memories and perspectives, has won the National Book Award for fiction. Sarah M. Broom’s family memoir “The Yellow House” won in nonfiction and Martin W....

Book about Jack the Ripper’s victims wins nonfiction prize

Nov. 19, 2019 5:16 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A book that seeks to restore the humanity of the women murdered by Jack the Ripper has won Britain’s leading nonfiction literary award. Historian Hallie Rubenhold was awarded the 50,000-pound ($65,000) Baillie Gifford Prize on Tuesday for “The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women...