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Philip Roth Will Not Write Another Novel

Salon translated a French article about novelist Philip Roth, uncovering a blunt revelation about his writing career: “Nemesis will be my last book.”

Published in 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nemesis told the story of a 1944 polio epidemic in New Jersey.  HMH’s director of publicity Lori Glazer confirmed the news with Salon. Check it out:

In an interview with a French publication called Les inRocks last month — which does not appear to have been reported in the United States — Roth, 78, said he has not written anything new in the last three years, and that he will not write another novel. “To tell you the truth, I’m done,” Roth told the magazine, in the most definitive statement he has ever made about his future plans. “‘Nemesis’ will be my last book.”

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Philip Roth Wins Man Booker International Prize

Philip Roth has won the £60,000 Man Booker International Prize. Angry about the choice, Booker judge Carmen Callil resigned in protest.

It was the fourth time the bi-annual prize has been awarded–previous winners included Ismail Kadare, Chinua Achebe, and Alice Munro. Roth (pictured via Nancy Crampton) had this comment: “One of the particular pleasures I’ve had as a writer is to have my work read internationally despite all the heartaches of translation that that entails. I hope the prize will bring me to the attention of readers around the world who are not familiar with my work. This is a great honour and I’m delighted to receive it.”

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Ellah Allfrey Named Deputy Editor at Granta

1247759281848.jpgThe literary journal Granta has appointed Ellah Allfrey as deputy editor. Earlier this year, editor Alex Clark stepped down, making John Freeman the journal’s acting editor.

Allfrey is a publishing veteran with five years at Penguin Press and six years at Random House. Most recently, she served as senior editor at Jonathan Cape. Over the course of her career, she has edited Carmen Callil, Bettany Hughes and Julian Barnes. In addition she helmed Cape’s growing list of young African writers. Last week, GalleyCat covered the release party for Granta 107.

Allfrey had this statement: “This is a particularly exciting time to be joining Granta. While I am sorry to be leaving Cape, it’s an irresistible opportunity to work on a magazine that has published many of my favourite writers. I am delighted at the prospect of working with John and the team at Granta–finding the very best of new writing and building on the magazine’s reputation as one at the heart of cultural life.”

Heavy Hitters on James Tait Memorial Prize Shortlists

The James Tait Memorial Prize, Britain’s oldest literary prize, has announced the shortlists for its fiction and biography awards. In fiction, the competition is rather steep with Alice Munro, Cormac McCarthy, Sarah Waters, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, James Lasdun and Ray Robinson competing for the honor. The biography contenders include Carmen Callil, David Cannadine, Gillian Darley, Kate Teltscher, Byron Rogers and Maggie Fergusson.

The winners will be announced at a public awards ceremony on Saturday August 25, 2007.