Anita Hill, Bob Woodward honored at annual PEN American gala
NEW YORK (AP) — The featured speakers at the annual benefit gala for PEN America shared stories about truth and the determination to learn it.
Stephen King among the honorees at PEN America gala
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King has been presented an award by PEN America for literary service.
The author received his prize Tuesday night from Morgan Freeman, who starred in the film adaptation of King's "The Shawshank Redemption." King was praised by PEN, the literary and human rights organization, as an advocate for literacy and free expression.
Novelist Jennifer Egan named new president of PEN America
NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Egan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, has been named the new president of PEN America.
PEN told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Egan will succeed fellow author Andrew Solomon, who served three years as president of the literary and human rights organization.
Jennifer Egan, Sherman Alexie win Carnegie medals
NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Egan and Sherman Alexie are the 2018 winners of the Carnegie Medal for literary excellence.
Egan won the fiction prize for "Manhattan Beach," her novel set in New York City in the mid-20th century. Alexie won in nonfiction for "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir." The American Library Association announced the selections Sunday night during its annual midwinter meeting, held this year in Denver.
Jennifer Egan’s “Manhattan Beach” begins with a pre-teen Anna Kerrigan accompanying her father to visit a man named Dexter Styles whom her father wants to do business with, as it turns out, to save his family from poverty.
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Saunders, Ellsberg among Carnegie Medal finalists
NEW YORK (AP) — Man Booker Prize winner George Saunders, National Book Award finalist Jesmyn Ward and Daniel Ellsberg of "The Pentagon Papers" fame are in the running for prizes handed out by the American Library Association.
The association announced fiction and nonfiction nominees on Wednesday for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. The winners, each of whom will receive $5,000, will be revealed in February during the ALA's annual midwinter meeting.
‘Beach’ plunges deep into cunning historical tale
Jennifer Egan’s “Manhattan Beach” follows her Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Visit From the Goon Squad” (2010), a brilliant tour de force that braided the lifelines of a large cast of characters into one ingeniously intricate pattern. The new novel is fairly straightforward in construction but superbly devious in plot — its characters time and again blind to the true nature of the situations in which they find themselves.
Jennifer Egan, Jesmyn Ward are National Book Award nominees
NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Egan and Jesmyn Ward, prize-winning authors with new novels out this fall, are on the fiction long list for the National Book Awards.
On Friday, the National Book Foundation announced 10 fiction nominees, completing a week in which long lists also were released for poetry, young people's literature and nonfiction. Short lists of five in each category come out Oct. 4. Winners will be announced Nov. 15 during a Manhattan dinner ceremony.
Ava DuVernay, Chelsea Manning to attend New Yorker Festival
NEW YORK (AP) — This year's New Yorker Festival has attracted a diverse group of artists and leaders, including Ava DuVernay, Nathan Lane, Glenn Close, Preet Bharara, Sen. Al Franken and Chelsea Manning.
The annual three-day gathering offers fans of the magazine a chance to hear their favorite authors, actors, directors, artists and politicians interviewed, as well as screenings and panel discussions. Some 20,000 attend each year.