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Paul Beatty is First American Writer to Win Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Paul Beatty just became the first American writer to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. In 2014 the award was opened up to non-British authors, much to the consternation of British writers. Beatty won the prestigious British literary ward for his novel, The Sellout, a brilliantly funny satire on race relations in today's America. Read more... October 26, 2016

Swedish Academy Member Calls Bob Dylan Impolite and Arrogant

Bob Dylan continues to cause controversy. A member of the Swedish Academy has denounced Dylan's boorish behavior in failing to even acknowledge the desperate attempts of the Academy to contact him to tell him he just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The New York Times reports that writer and committee member Per Wastberg called Dylan "impolite and arrogant" for his failure to respond to the honor. Read more... October 24, 2016

Nine Dots Prize Launches With $100,000 Prize for Unfinished Book

A new book prize will be one of the world's richest: offering the winner $100,000. And best of all -- the book doesn't even have to be written yet. The Nine Dots Prize rewards original thinking "in response to contemporary societal issues." Every two years the board poses a new question in October. Entrants must submit a 3,000 word answer to the question. The answer will be used as the basis for a book expanding on their answer. The prize is $100,000, which is twice the amount of the Booker Prize. Read more... October 21, 2016

Nobel Committee Gives Up On Trying to Contact Bob Dylan

The Nobel Prize committee still hasn't been able to get a hold of singer songwriter Bob Dylan to tell him he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. It seems clear that at least his web team knows, because his website and Facebook page now reflect that he is a Nobel Prize winner. Read more... October 20, 2016

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

It is a great day for singer songwriters. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 was awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Dylan, 75, has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a National Medal of the Arts, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and Grammy Awards. To say that Dylan's win is a shock to the literary community is a major understatement. While songwriters are celebrating his win, many critics, editors and authors are not. Read more... October 13, 2016

Vietnam Jails Human Rights Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh

The New York Times reports that Vietnam has arrested popular blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh for spreading propaganda against the state. Ms. Quynh, who blogs under the name other Mushroom, is a 37 year old writer, human rights and environmental activist who has written about topics that the Communist government does not want discussed. Read more... October 11, 2016

Finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards Announced

The finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards have been announced. The five fiction finalists are: The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder (Norton), News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Morrow), The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan (Viking), The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) and Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (Amistad). Read more... October 10, 2016

Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Edward Albee is Dead at 88

American playwright Edward Albee has died at the age of 88. Best known for his Tony Award-winning play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which was made into a a feature film in 1966 starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, he also wrote A Delicate Balance (1966), Seascape (1975), Three Tall Women (1994), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia (2002), Me Myself & I (2007) and Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry (2007). Read more... September 17, 2016

Donald Trump in Twitter War with The Art of the Deal Ghostwriter

Donald Trump is in a Twitter feud with his former ghostwriter Tony Schwartz. Schwartz is listed as a co-writer on Trump's bestseller The Art of the Deal. We reported earlier that Schwartz thinks a President Trump will lead to the end of civilization. Now Trump and Schwartz are battling it out on Twitter. Read more... September 10, 2016

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