Jesmyn Ward becomes youngest person to win Library of Congress lifetime achievement award

The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction will be awarded to Jesmyn Ward. Ward, aged 45, is the youngest person to receive the lifetime achievement award, which honors "an American literary writer...

Cyber attack on Macmillan, site down since Saturday

A cyber attack that has forced the U.S. division of Macmillan to take its computer systems offline since Saturday, leaving it unable to take orders, is now in its fourth day and has spread...

Kalani Pickhart’s debut set in Ukraine wins Young Lions Fiction Award

Kalani Pickhart's debut novel about Ukraine, I Will Die in a Foreign Land, won the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library. This $10,000 prize is conferred on the best novel...

Lawyers say ‘defective’ Virginia obscenity claims should be tossed

A pair of closely watched lawsuits in Virginia are now in the hands of a state judge after lawyers for two authors and publishers accused of violating an obscure state obscenity law asked the...

The daughters of Paul Rusesabagina (whose story was told in “Hotel Rwanda”) plead for...

Paul Rusesabagina's story was brought to the world through the book and movie, Hotel Rwanda. Despite being a Belgian citizen and a US permanent resident, he was kidnapped two years ago and is currently...

Ruth Ozeki wins Women’s Prize for Fiction

Ruth Ozeki's fourth novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, has won the Women's prize for fiction. The novelist, film-maker and Zen Buddhist priest takes the £30,000 award for a book that "stood out for...

LGBTQ Fiction Sales Surge in the U.S.

According to a new report from NPD BookScan, print book sales of LGBTQ fiction are surging in the U.S. across the adult, children's, and YA categories. In 2021, sales of LGBTQ fiction reached 5...

George Lamming obituary

The six novels and the collections of essays by George Lamming, who has died aged 94, did much to shape Caribbean literary culture. He also contributed to it as an educator and activist intellectual,...

Future Library opens secret archive of unseen texts in Oslo

Last Sunday the Future Library, a project dreamed up by the Scottish artist Katie Paterson, was opened to the public in Oslo. After eight years, manuscripts penned by some of the world's most famous...

A.B. Yehoshua, Israeli literary giant and ardent humanist, dies aged 85

A.B. Yehoshua, a fiery humanist, towering author, and staunch advocate of Zionism as the sole answer for the Jewish condition, died Tuesday. He was 85 years old. A writer, essayist, and playwright, Yehoshua was the...

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