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Posts Tagged ‘Saul Bellow’

E.L. Doctorow Shares Writing Advice at The National Book Awards

eldoctorowE.L. Doctorow is receiving the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contributors to American Letters at the National Book Awards in New York tonight.

The esteemed author chatted with GalleyCat about his early inspirations for writing and shared this advice. “Read,” he urged. “If you want to write books, read books. If you want to write for the movies, watch movies.”

“The best thing you can do as a writer is to read, because it helps you understand your place and how you relate to other writers,” he continued. “When I was a young writer, I read Saul Bellow‘s The Adventures of Augie March and it was a revelation to me. The freedom in that book opened up my mind.”

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Supreme Court Rules on Bookselling Suit

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 6-3 opinion that “ first sale doctrine” applies to books purchased overseas.

The court decided that Supap Kirtsaeng did not violate copyright when he purchased textbooks overseas to sell to friends and families in the United States. Textbook publisher Wiley had sued Kirtsaeng for reselling these books.

You can read the complete Supreme Court decision at this PDF link. First sale doctrine applies to the sale of copyrighted goods, letting the buyer’s copy be “resold or otherwise redistributed without the copyright owner’s authorization.”

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Free Samples of PEN Center USA’s 2012 Literary Award Winners

The PEN Center USA celebrated its 2012 Literary Award winners at a ceremony in Los Angeles. We’ve collected free samples of all the award winning works, follow the links below to explore.

At the ceremony, Joyce Carol Oates received lifetime achievement award. Screenplay winners Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon both thanked Oates for inspiring them, sharing a story about how Oates introduced Gansa to The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow. We interviewed Gordon last year about his writing career–watch him in the video embedded above.

Here’s more about the awards: “Each year, PEN Center USA calls for submissions of work produced or published during one calendar year by writers living west of the Mississippi River. Entries in the eleven categories are reviewed and judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics and editors. Winners are announced the following September and each receives a $1,000 cash prize, a free year of membership with PEN Center USA and an invitation to the Annual Literary Awards Festival in Los Angeles.”

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Bellow Prize to Roth

If you think that Philip Roth has been winning a literary prize every other day, you’re not alone. Now add the first inaugural PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, a $40,000 prize named for the late Nobel laureate and one of Roth’s closest friends and literary heroes, to the list of accolades awarded to the 74-year-old Roth.

“To my mind, Saul Bellow and William Faulkner form the backbone of 20th-century American literature,” Roth said in a statement given to The Associated Press. “The initial selection of Philip Roth sets a very high standard and bodes well for the establishment of this prize as one of the pre-eminent awards of American literature,” historian and recent PEN American president Ron Chernow said in a statement issued by the U.S. center for the international writers organization.