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Patrick Modiano Wins the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature

Patrick ModianoFrench writer Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. According to the press release, “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.”

Here’s more from The Atlantic: “Many of Modiano’s novels, like his debut La Place de L’Etoile, examine the moral struggles of those living under the Nazi occupation—and the dreamlike experience of navigating time and loss…For those unfamiliar with Modiano’s work, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy Peter Englund recommended Missing Person, a novel about a detective who has lost his memory and traces ‘his own steps through history to find out who he is.’”

Several of Modiano’s books have been translated into English including La Ronde de nuit (English title: Night Rounds), Rue des Boutiques obscures (English title: Missing Person), and Du plus loin de l’oubli (English title: Out of the Dark). Previous winners include Dear Life author Alice Munro, Red Sorghum author Mo Yan, and The Art of Procrastination author John Perry. (Photo Credit: Catherine Hélie)

Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Prize For Peace

malalaMalala Yousafzai, 17-year-old advocate for girls’ education worldwide and author of the bestseller I Am Malala, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The youngest recipient of the prize since its inception in 1901, she was quoted in the New York Times as saying at a press conference in Birmingham, England:

“I’m proud that I’m the first Pakistani and first the young woman, or the first young person, who is getting this award.”

According to USA Today, Malala was in chemistry class when she heard the news, and said she was honored to share the award with Kailash Satyarthi of India, who fights the exploitation of children, adding:

“We should all consider each other as human beings, and we should respect each other. It is my message to children all around the world that they should stand up for their rights.”

Her book I Am Malala, which was banned in private schools in Pakistan, was released in 2013 by Little, Brown.

Carl Hiaasen on Bringing Skink to Teens

SkinkCover#1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen talked recently to Newsday about bringing Skink — the beloved vigilante ex-gov of Florida whose unique brand of swamp-justice has made him a star of six Hiaasen adult novels — to YA readers “before he got too old and cranky.”

Long listed for the 2014 National Book Award, Hiaasen’s first book for teens, Skink No Surrender, features the ragged, one-eyed renegade helping 14-year-old Richard rescue his teenage cousin Malley, who has run off into trouble with an older guy she met on the Internet.

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National Book Foundation Unveils 5 Under 35 Honorees

279-300x300From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant author Alex Gilvarry, Faces in the Crowd author Valeria Luiselli, Panic in a Suitcase author Yelena Akhtiorskaya, Redeployment author Phil Klay, and Night at the Fiestas: Stories author Kirstin Valdez Quade have been named this year’s 5 under 35 authors at the National Book Awards.

According to the press release, each honoree will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The National Book Foundation will celebrate these authors at an event at Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena on November 17, 2014.

Musician and author Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will play the host. The New Yorker editor Ben Greenman will jump behind the turntables to serve as DJ. Memoir writer Rosie Schaap will handle the drinks and shakers as the guest bartender for the evening. (via BuzzFeed)

Debut Novelist John Kenney Wins Thurber Prize for American Humor

johnkenneyGuest post written by Kelsey Manning (@kelseyMmanning)

Before Thurber Prize winner John Kenney settled in to read a selection from his novel Truth in Advertising, he had a few words for his fellow finalist:

“Dear David Letterman, Please let me win this award. Just this one. We need the money.”

It was one of many hilarious moments during last night’s presentation of the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor. David Letterman attended alongside co-writer Bruce McCall on behalf of their book This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me). In the absence of third finalist Liza Donnelly (Women on Men), her husband Michael Maslin spoke about how much James Thurber means to them, especially as New Yorker cartoonists themselves. The pair’s first date was to see a James Thurber drawing at the Armory on the East Side.

In the true spirit of the night, Truth in Advertising author John Kenney joked, “My first flight wasn’t to the Thurber House or my first date, but I was conceived there.” It was easy to see why the Thurber Prize judges—Meg Wolitzer, John Searles, and Henry Alford—were so taken by the wit in Kenney’s debut. Read more

James McBride Wins the BoBi Award

James McBrideNational Book Award-winning novelist James McBride (pictured, via) has been declared the recipient of this year’s Best of Brooklyn, Inc. (BoBi) Award.

McBride appeared at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival for a conversation event with The Wire TV series actor Wendell Pierce.

Past BoBi winners include The Giver author Lois Lowry, journalist Pete Hamill, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri.

The Rona Jaffe Foundation Unveils 2014 Writers’ Award Winners

2014JaffewinnersThe Rona Jaffe Foundation has announced the 2014 Writers’ Award winners. Each winner received a $30,000 cash prize. The six winning writers include Olivia Clare (fiction), Karen Hays (nonfiction), Danielle Jones-Pruett (poetry), T.L. Khleif (fiction), Mara Naselli (nonfiction), and Solmaz Sharif (poetry).

The award ceremony took place on September 18th in New York City; writer Adrian Nicole LeBlanc served as the evening’s special guest speaker. Past recipients of this award includes Laura Newbern (poetry), Lan Samantha Chang (fiction), and Rachel Aviv (nonfiction). (Photo Credit: Star Black)

Free Samples of NBA’s Longlist for Fiction

The National Book Foundation has revealed its Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

The Fiction Longlist includes one book by a National Book Award Winner, two by former National Book Award Finalists, one by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 author, two by Pulitzer Prize Winners, and one by an author best-known as the lyricist and musician for the band The Mountain Goats. The backdrop of war and imagined dystopia is a focus of five of the ten. Three are collections of short stories, two of which are by first-time authors. Read more

Free Samples of NBA’s Nonfiction Longlist

nbaThe National Book Foundation has revealed its Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

The Nonfiction Longlist includes the first cartoonist to be honored by the National Book Awards in the adult categories (three graphic novels have been Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category), a Pulitzer Prize Winner, and several distinguished historians. Read more

Free Samples of the NBA’s Poetry Longlist

nbaThe National Book Foundation has revealed its Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

The Longlisted books range in style and content: from a single elegiac narrative poem to a provocative examination of race relations told in an experimental fusion of lyric, prose poems, and image. Among the poets on this year’s Longlist are two former National Book Award Finalists, two former Poets Laureate of the United States, a Pulitzer Prize winner, two Bollingen recipients, a Los Angeles Times Book Award winner, and a Whiting Writers’ Award winner.

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