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N. Scott Momaday remembers 1969 Pulitzer, promises memoir

Nov. 15, 2019 12:30 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his groundbreaking novel “House Made of Dawn,” said he’s not done writing and vows to finish his long-anticipated memoir. In a rare interview at his Santa Fe home, the 85-year-old author told The...

Catalan poet Joan Margarit wins Spain’s Cervantes Prize

Nov. 14, 2019 12:02 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government announced Thursday that Catalan poet Joan Margarit won the 2019 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. Margarit, who is also an architect, has published more than 20 volumes of poetry — mainly in Catalan but also in Spanish. The...

Nobel Prize winner Handke admits having Yugoslav passport

Nov. 8, 2019 1:20 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Nobel laureate Peter Handke has admitted that he had a Yugoslav passport in the 1990s but said he never had Yugoslav citizenship, his response to an investigation of whether he legally held on to his Austrian citizenship after obtaining the travel document. Handke, who won the Nobel...

Octavia Spencer to receive honor from Producers Guild

Nov. 8, 2019 1:17 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Producers Guild of America will honor Octavia Spencer for her work behind-the-camera at its 2020 awards show. Spencer, who was among the producers of last year's best picture Oscar winner "Green Book," will receive the Visionary Award at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 18. The...

Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines dies at 86

Nov. 5, 2019 6:12 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal tales of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which sponsors a literary award in Gaines' honor, confirmed he...

Bosnian war survivors protest Peter Handke's Nobel prize win

Nov. 5, 2019 9:52 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian war survivors, including mothers who lost husbands and sons in the Srebrenica massacre, protested Tuesday in Sarajevo, urging the Nobel Committee to reverse its decision to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature to Austrian writer Peter Handke. Protesters...

Queen Elizabeth honors Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood

Oct. 25, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Shortly after winning her second Booker Prize, Margaret Atwood has received a rare honor from Queen Elizabeth II for her services to literature. The Canadian novelist and poet was presented with an Order of the Companions of Honor in a ceremony at Windsor Castle Friday. She said the...

Colson Whitehead novel wins $50,000 Kirkus Prize

Oct. 24, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's novel "The Nickel Boys" and Saeed Jones' memoir "How We Fight for Our Lives" are among the winners of the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor. On Thursday, Whitehead won in the fiction category for his narrative of a brutal boys academy in Florida. Jones' coming-of-age book was...

Evaristo says Booker win a landmark for black British women

Oct. 15, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Winning the Booker Prize is one big step for Bernardine Evaristo — and, she hopes, a giant leap for British women writers of color. This week the London-based writer shared the prestigious prize for English-language fiction with Margaret Atwood after the five-person panel of judges...

3 economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize

Oct. 14, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research into what works and what doesn't in the fight to reduce global poverty. The award went to MIT's Abhijit Banerjee...