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Author Jesmyn Ward wins Library of Congress fiction prize

Jun. 30, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has gone to Jesmyn Ward, who at 45, is the youngest person to receive the library’s fiction award and is being honored for her lifetime of work examining racism and social injustice. Ward's “Salvage the Bones” earned the...

George Chauncey wins $500,000 Library of Congress award

Jun. 22, 2022 05:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Historian George Chauncey has received a $500,000 lifetime achievement award from the Library of Congress, the John W. Kluge Prize, the first time the honor has gone to a scholar in LGBTQ studies. The prize is given for achievement in the study of humanity....

Letters sent to García Márquez to be shown in Mexico City

Jun. 15, 2022 22:06 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — While reviewing the photo archives left by Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, one of his granddaughters came across a mysterious plastic box with the word “grandchildren” written on its label. At first, Emilia García Elizondo was...

Ruth Ozeki's 'Book of Form and Emptiness' wins Women's Prize

Jun. 15, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Canadian-American writer Ruth Ozeki won the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction on Wednesday for “The Book of Form and Emptiness," a playful, philosophical novel that explores people's relationship to possessions. Ozeki was awarded the 30,000 pound ($36,000)...

A.B. Yehoshua, Israeli author and peace activist, dies at 85

Jun. 14, 2022 06:55 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A.B. Yehoshua, a prominent Israeli author celebrated for his mastery of the Hebrew language and a leading peace activist, died on Tuesday. He was 85. His death was confirmed by a Tel Aviv hospital, which said the cause death was cancer. Abraham B....

Brian Selznick's 'Big Tree' to be published next spring

Jun. 09, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Selznick's next book was inspired in part by a famous friend, Steven Spielberg. Billed by publisher Scholastic as a “love letter to the natural world,” Selznick's “Big Tree” tells the story of two sycamore seeds and their quest across time and space...

Award-winning 'Tomb of Sand' to be published in US in 2023

Jun. 02, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's winner of the International Booker Prize, Geetanjali Shree's novel “Tomb of Sand,” will be released in the U.S. this winter by an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. “Tomb of Sand,” the story of an elderly widow thinking back on the 1947...

Spanish dramatist Juan Mayorga wins Asturias prize

Jun. 01, 2022 07:09 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Juan Mayorga, one of Spain's most popular and respected playwrights, has won this year’s Princess of Asturias Award for literature, the Spanish foundation that organizes the prizes said Wednesday. The Princess of Asturias Award jury praised the Madrid-born dramatist...

Indian novel 'Tomb of Sand' wins International Booker Prize

May. 26, 2022 19:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Indian writer Geetanjali Shree and American translator Daisy Rockwell won the International Booker Prize on Thursday for “Tomb of Sand,” a vibrant novel with a boundary-crossing 80-year-old heroine. Originally written in Hindi, it’s the first book in any Indian...

PEN America honors activists, artists and dissidents

May. 24, 2022 00:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — From an imprisoned Ukranian journalist to a high school activist in Florida, PEN America paid tribute Monday night to democracy and free expression and warned about the dangers faced in the U.S. and abroad. "Instead of being able focus on menial responsibilities...