Book Buzz December 10, 2013: Nobel Prize gala honours Alice Munro, literature winner

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Nobel Prize gala honours Alice Munro, literature winner

Source: CBC.ca, 12-10-13

The spotlight shines on Canadian short story maven Alice Munro, who though absent from the 2013 Nobel Prize reception alongside this year’s laureates in Stockholm Tuesday, is nonetheless being celebrated worldwide….READ MORE

Book Buzz November 21, 2013: Winners of 2013 National Book Awards announced

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Winners of 2013 National Book Awards announced

Source: CNN, 11-21-13

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • James McBride wins for “The Good Lord Bird”
  • The National Book Foundation presents awards to winners in four categories
  • Established in 1950, the accolade is one of the most prestigious U.S. literary awards

Fiction

Rachel Kushner, “The Flamethrowers

Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Lowland

James McBride, “The Good Lord Bird” (WINNER)

Thomas Pynchon, “Bleeding Edge

George Saunders, “Tenth of December

Nonfiction

Jill Lepore, “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

Wendy Lower, “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

George Packer, “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America” (WINNER)

Alan Taylor, “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

Lawrence Wright, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief

Poetry

Frank Bidart, “Metaphysical Dog

Lucie Brock-Broido, “Stay, Illusion

Adrian Matejka, “The Big Smoke

Matt Rasmussen, “Black Aperture

Mary Szybist, “Incarnadine: Poems” (WINNER)

Young people’s literature

Kathi Appelt, “The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Cynthia Kadohata, “The Thing About Luck” (WINNER)

Tom McNeal, “Far Far Away

Meg Rosoff, “Picture Me Gone

Gene Luen Yang, “Boxers & Saints

Book Buzz April 15, 2013: 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners for Letters, Drama and Music

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2013 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music

Source: NYT, 4-15-13

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FICTION

ADAM JOHNSON

The Orphan Master’s Son” (Random House)

Finalists Nathan Englander, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank”; Eowyn Ivey, “The Snow Child.”

DRAMA

AYAD AKHTAR

“Disgraced”

Finalists Gina Gionfriddo, “Rapture, Blister, Burn”; Amy Herzog, “4000 Miles.”

HISTORY

FREDRIK LOGEVALL

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam” (Random House)

Finalists Bernard Bailyn, “The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675; John Fabian Witt, “Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History.”

BIOGRAPHY

TOM REISS

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” (Crown)

Finalists Michael Gorra, “Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece”; David Nasaw, “The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.”

POETRY

SHARON OLDS

“Stag’s Leap” (Alfred A. Knopf)

Finalists Jack Gilbert, “Collected Poems”; Bruce Weigl, “The Abundance of Nothing.”

GENERAL NONFICTION

GILBERT KING

 “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America” (Harper)

Finalists Katherine Boo, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity”; David George Haskell, “The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature.

MUSIC

CAROLINE SHAW

“Partita for 8 Voices” (New Amsterdam Records)

Finalists Aaron Jay Kernis, “Pieces of Winter Sky”; Wadada Leo Smith, “Ten Freedom Summers.”

Book Buzz April 16, 2012: Pulitzer Prize for history, but not for fiction

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Pulitzer Prize for history, but not for fiction

The late Manning Marable won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for history, honored for a Malcolm X book. But no Pulitzer Prize was awarded for fiction.

Source: CS Monitor, 4-16-12

The late Manning Marable won the Pulitzer Prize for history Monday, honored for a Malcolm X book he worked on for decades, but did not live to see published. For the first time in 35 years, no fiction prize was given.

Another long-term project, John Lewis Gaddis’ “George F. Kennan: An American Life,” won the Pulitzer for biography. Gaddis is a Yale University professor and leading Cold War scholar who began work on the Kennan book in the early 1980s. The project was delayed by Kennan’s longevity. Kennan, a founding Cold War strategist and a Pulitzer winner, was in his 70s at the time he authorized the book. He asked only that Gaddis wait until after his death…..READ MORE

Book Buzz April 16, 2012: Yale History Professor John Lewis Gaddis wins Pulitzer Prize for Kennan biography

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Gaddis wins Pulitzer for Kennan biography

Source: Yale Daily News, 4-16-12

History Prof. John Lewis Gaddis received the National Humanities Medal in 2005.
History Prof. John Lewis Gaddis received the National Humanities Medal in 2005. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

History professor John Lewis Gaddis won the 2012 biography Pulitzer for “George F. Kennan: An American Life,” which was published in November after nearly two decades of research.

Mary Gabriel’s “Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution” and Manning Marble’s “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” were named as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography…..READ MORE

Book Buzz April 16, 2012: 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners List

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The New York Times and New Media Outlets Win Pulitzers

Source: NYT, 4-16-12

2012 Journalism Pulitzer Winners (April 17, 2012)
2012 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music (April 17, 2012)

The prizes, celebrating achievement in newspaper and online journalism, literature, nonfiction and musical composition, were announced at Columbia University in New York. Given annually since 1917, they are awarded in 21 categories. Here are this year’s winners.

JOURNALISM

PUBLIC SERVICE: The Philadelphia Inquirer

BREAKING NEWS REPORTING: The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News Staff

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of The Associated Press and Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times

EXPLANATORY REPORTING: David Kocieniewski of The New York Times

LOCAL REPORTING: Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News Staff, Harrisburg, Pa.

NATIONAL REPORTING: David Wood of The Huffington Post

INTERNATIONAL REPORTING: Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times

FEATURE WRITING: Eli Sanders of The Stranger, a Seattle weekly

COMMENTARY: Mary Schmich of The Chicago Tribune

CRITICISM: Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe

EDITORIAL WRITING: No award

EDITORIAL CARTOONING: Matt Wuerker of Politico

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY: Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post

LETTERS AND DRAMA

FICTION: No award

DRAMA: “Water by the Spoonful” by Quiara Alegría Hudes

HISTORY: “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” by Manning Marable, awarded posthumously (Viking)

BIOGRAPHY: “George F. Kennan: An American Life” by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press)

POETRY: “Life on Mars” by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press)

GENERAL NONFICTION: “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt (W. W. Norton and Company)

MUSIC: “Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts” by Kevin Puts, commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on Nov. 12, 2011.