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Nobel Prize Winning Author Nadine Gordimer Has Died

445976Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer has died. The South African writer was 90 years old.

Gordimer, who was best known for speaking out against apartheid, wrote more than 30 books, including: The ConservationistWhat Happened to Burger’s Daughter Or How South African Censorship WorksSomething Out There and July’s People. She also published a number of short story collections including: No Place Like: Selected StoriesFace to Face: Short Stories and Reflections of South Africa.

Gordimer was the recipient of the Booker Prize in 1974 and the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991. In 2003, she won the Mary McCarthy Award and in 2008, she was shortlisted for the Best of the Booker prize.

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Four Playwrights Win Whiting Writers’ Awards

The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation has given $50,000 to ten promising writers for the 2012 Whiting Writers’ Awards. In a new record for the awards, four playwrights received awards.

We’ve included the complete list of recipients below, along with the foundation’s short biography for each winner and links to free samples of some writers.  In addition, three fiction writers, two poets, and a nonfiction writer also won.  Follow this link to read the keynote address by Jeffrey Eugenides. Here’s an excerpt:

In his 1988 book of essays, “Prepared for the Worst,” Christopher Hitchens recalled a bit of advice given him by the South African Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. “A serious person should try to write posthumously,” Hitchens said, going on to explain: “By that I took her to mean that one should compose as if the usual constraints––of fashion, commerce, self-censorship, public and perhaps especially intellectual opinion––did not operate.” Hitchens’s untimely death last year, at the age of 62, has thrown this remark into relief, pressing upon those of us who persist in writing the uncomfortable truth that anything we’re working on has the potential to be published posthumously; that death might not be far off, and that, given this disturbing reality, we might pay attention to it.

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O. Henry Prize Stories Partners with PEN American Center

9780307280350.gifIn a new partnership with the Pen American Center, the Anchor Books imprint announced that the annual “O. Henry Prize Stories” anthology as the “PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.”

The collection has been published since 1919. This year’s contest will be judged by A. S. Byatt, Anthony Doerr, and Tim O’Brien, culling winners from thousands of short stories.

Here’s more from the release: “The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 is studded with great writers such as Junot Diaz, Nadine Gordimer, Ha Jin, and Paul Theroux, as well as new voices. The winning stories feature locales as diverse as post-war Vietnam, a retirement community in Cape Town, South Africa, an Egyptian desert village, and a permanently darkened New York City.” (Via NYT)