Eleanor Catton, Eimear McBride on Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

The 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist boasts an emergent literati. Contender Eleanor Catton’s much lauded novel The Luminaries won the 2013 Man Booker Prize. Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing took the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Kseniya Melnik‘s debut Snow in May earned a longlist nod for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story… Read more.

Eleanor Catton wins the Man Booker Prize

Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries has won the Man Booker Prize worth £50,000. The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles presented the prize in England’s Guildhall tonight. Jim Crace, author of Harvest and the oldest of the contending authors was widely believed to be the favorite (at least that was the impression many expressed on… Read more.

Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature!

Our cultural definition of literature has officially been blown wide open with the Swedish Academy’s award of the Nobel Prize in Literature to songwriter Bob Dylan. Past prizes have recognized essayists, playwrights, poets, novelists, and writers of various genres of non-fiction prose, but this is the first time the Nobel has been awarded to an artist primarily known for writing songs. The… Read more.

The Man Booker 2015 Winner is Marlon James!

UPDATE: Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings has earned the Man Booker Prize 2015, a first for a Jamaican novelist, and the first for indie publisher Oneworld Publications. Michael Wood, who chaired the panel of judges, said of the 686-page book that featured 75 characters, “It is a crime novel that moves beyond the world… Read more.

Joshua Ferris Won the Dylan Thomas Prize

Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour has won the 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize, worth £30,000, beating out a shortlist that included 2013 Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries, Baileys Prizewinner Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, Kseniya Melnik‘s debut Snow in May, Kei Miller‘s The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to… Read more.

The 2014 Man Booker Shortlist is Here

The 2014 Man Booker longlist has been whittled down from 13 to the six titles on the shortlist. 2014 is the first year authors of any title written in English are eligible–a change that was received with fear that Commonwealth writers would be edged out. Three Brits, two Americans, and one Australian made the cut… Read more.

Booker-Winning Author Announces a Grant that Gives Writers "Time to Read"

Between her 2013 Man Booker Prize win and her recent New Zealand Post Best fiction and People’s Choice Awards, Eleanor Catton has earned close to £60,000 for her novel The Luminaries. Now, she’s paying it forward. The Guardian reports that Catton announced intentions to grant scribes $3,000 “not to write, but to read”. She further explained:… Read more.

The 2014 Man Booker Longlist Announced

The 2014 Man Booker Longlist is here. For the first time, the prize is open to any title written in English (rather than just English and Commonwealth Writers); a change that was received with some grumbling for fear that future judges would privilege North American sensibilities. The longlist features six Britons, four Americans, two Irish… Read more.

Elizabeth Gilbert Calls 2013 "The Year of the Woman Writer"

“2013 = THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN WRITER!” Elizabeth Gilbert posted on her Facebook page last month, adding, “…what a year 2013 has been for female authors!” Citing Alice Munro’s Nobel win as the cap on a year of stellar writing by women, Gilbert listed Donna Tarrt, Jesmyn Ward, and Rayya Elias, among a list… Read more.