Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel “an enveloping and slightly paralyzing literary experience, such that if you submit to it in the proper spirit your Twitter feed may go unchecked, your Facebook page unrefreshed, for days or perhaps weeks.”
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“Because I am, essentially, a reading addict, my impulse is simply to rip right through a book, fiction or nonfiction, just for the animal pleasure of it. But sad experience has shown that if I abandon myself in this way, I will finish the book without being able to say much except: Boy was that ever good, you should read it.” — BNR columnist Katherine A. Powers, this year’s recipient of the National Book Critic’s Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.
A former NBA judge searches through the final five for a book that could change your life.
Few things better in the world than watching a writer receive an award, if you ask me. Last night in New York, the Whiting Writers Awards were presented, and among the 10 recipients were three Discover writers: C.E. Morgan (2009, shortlisted for the Discover Award -fiction), Amanda Coplin (2012, winner of the Discover Award – fiction), and Jennifer Dubois (2013). Jennifer discusses the inspiration for the new novel; challenging her characters’ — and readers’ – preconceptions, (mis)interpretations, and snap judgments; and a list of the books she’s been reading lately with Discover Great New Writers.
“In my own house, I seemed to be often looking for a place to hide—sometimes from the children but more often from the jobs to be done and the phone ringing and the sociability of the neighborhood. I wanted to hide so that I could get busy at my real work, which was a sort of wooing of distant parts of myself.” That’s the unmistakable voice of Alice Munro, who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
We congratulate the Swedish Academy on its very good taste. If you’ve never read Munro’s work, you’ll find the story I’ve quoted (“Miles City, Montana”) and other splendid works here.
The Orphan Master’s Son takes the title in the 2013 Tournament of Books.
The ringleaders of the annual Tournament of Books unveil the history of the coveted Rooster.
The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced their 2012 award winners Thursday night at a ceremony at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in Manhattan.
Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan has been awarded the John Newbery Medal for “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”
Congratulations to this year’s National Book Award winners: Katherine Boo, Louise Erdrich, William Alexander and David Ferry. In celebration of last night’s ceremony, we wanted to look back at some of our coverage of the winners.
A former National Book Award judge casts an eye over this year’s contenders.
The 2012 Man Booker Prize in fiction was announced on Tuesday night, and the winner made history with her work of historical fiction: Hilary Mantel took the award for her novel Bring Up the Bodies, the second volume in Mantel’s reimagnation of the life and career of Thomas Cromwell, Tudor courtier and ultimately the chief minister to Henry VIII.
Congratulations are due to a host of Discover Great New Writers alums nominated for 2012 National Book Awards and named to the “5 Under 35″ list.
We couldn’t be more thrilled with the news that Junot Díaz was awarded a 2012 “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, to pursue whatever creative project he choses. We can’t wait to see what this storytelling impresario does next; For years Díaz has hinted at wanting to, trying to write a science-fiction epic…but for the moment, we’ll stick to rereading the incandescent stories in This Is How You Lose Her.
If you haven’t yet, do spare a moment for Díiaz’s recent conversation with fellow writer Francisco Goldman about why he writes:
“I guess we all have our covenants with the world (or at least we should have). For people like my mother, it’s her religion. For other people, it’s their children or perhaps their families. For me storytelling is my sacred. About the only covenant I have. As reader and writer I believe in the infinite worldmaking power of stories. I’m with Leslie Marmon Silko when she says in Ceremony: ‘I will tell you something about stories, (he said). They aren’t just entertainment. Don’t be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death.’ If I have a faith, that’s it. Stories are all we have to fight off illness and death.”
The Longlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize was announced on July 25; among the selections was Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, also chosen as a Discover Great New Writers Fall 2012 selection. In an exclusive interview with Miwa Messer, Joyce discusses writing about the things she believes in, ordinary people, and the search for something bigger in life.