Women, late-in-life new authors expand Japanese literature
TOKYO (AP) — The works receiving one of Japan's most coveted literary awards, the Naoki Prize, have something new in common: For the first time in 85 years, all six of the nominated authors are...
BOSTON (AP) — Native American author Tommy Orange is receiving a literary award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston
Orange is being awarded this year's PEN/Hemingway award...
Submissions sought for New Hampshire Literary Awards
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The 13th New Hampshire Literary Awards is looking for submissions.
The following categories can be entered by a New Hampshire native or resident: fiction, nonfiction,...
Booker Prize for fiction secures new financial backer
LONDON (AP) — Britain's leading literary award, the Booker Prize, found a new financial backer Thursday after its sponsor of almost two decades pulled out.
Prestigious Man Booker fiction prize loses its main sponsor
LONDON (AP) — Britain's leading literary award, the Man Booker Prize, faces uncertainty after its main financial backer announced it is ending its sponsorship after almost two decades.
Investment manager Man Group PLC says it will stop funding the Man Booker and Man Booker International prizes after 2019. The firm says it has donated 25 million pounds ($33 million) to the Booker Prize Foundation since 2002.
Russian novel tells story of survival, love in Stalin’s camp
MOSCOW (AP) — Guzel Yakhina's grandmother was a little girl when Soviet agents burst into her home and deported the whole family to the frozen woods of Siberia. Decades later, she shared those memories with her granddaughter, telling her of immense suffering and death, but also of resilience.
Out of those conversations, was born "Zuleikha," Yakhina's widely acclaimed debut novel that tells the story of love and friendship on the brink of death in Josef Stalin's camps.
Serhii Plokhy wins nonfiction book prize for Chernobyl story
LONDON (AP) — A book about the causes and consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster has won Britain's leading nonfiction literary award.
Serhii Plokhy was awarded the 30,000-pound ($39,000) Baillie Gifford Prize at a ceremony in London on Wednesday for "Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy."
Winfrey to present literary award to Toni Morrison
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest prize for Nobel laureate Toni Morrison will be presented by Oprah Winfrey.
The Center for Fiction announced Thursday that Morrison will receive a lifetime achievement honor for "Excellence in Fiction."
Winfrey, who has chosen such Morrison novels as "Song of Solomon" and "Paradise" for her book club, will introduce the author during a Dec. 11 dinner ceremony.
LONDON (AP) — Michael Ondaatje's "The English Patient" was named the greatest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize at an event Sunday celebrating five decades of the prestigious literary award.
The Canadian writer's tale of love and conflict during World War II was awarded the Golden Man Booker Prize for fiction after winning a public vote.
"The English Patient" won the Booker in 1992 and was made into a 1996 movie starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche that won nine Academy Awards.
MANSFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri museum dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder has expressed disappointment at a recent decision to remove the author's name from a national literary award.
Award-winning author Colum McCann to speak at John Carroll on Tuesday
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann will be in town next week. He will be reading his work at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Donohue Auditorium at John Carroll University in University Heights.
McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Vandini Sharma of Chandigarh, India, is the 16-year-old sister of Shubhankar Sharma, who makes his debut at the Masters this week. Her short stories have won literary awards. She has agreed to write a first-person account of her experience at the Masters for The Associated Press.
AP Newsbreak: Sherman Alexie declines literary award
NEW YORK (AP) — Sherman Alexie has declined the Carnegie Medal he received last month, the American Library Association told The Associated Press on Friday.
Alexie was given the $5,000 award for nonfiction for his memoir "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me." He has since faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment and issued a statement acknowledging wrongdoing. Jay Asher and James Dashner are among other writers who recently faced similar allegations.
Edmund White, Edna O’Brien receive PEN literary awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Edmund White and Edna O'Brien are receiving lifetime achievement awards from PEN America.
Le Guin, Chernow among nominees for PEN literary awards
NEW YORK (AP) — The late Ursula K. Le Guin is among the finalists for a PEN America literary award.
Le Guin, who died earlier this week at age 88, is a nominee for the best book of essays. She was cited for her collection "No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters." Others up for awards include Ta-Nehisi Coates and Kevin Young for the best book of 2017 and Ron Chernow, author of "Grant," for biography.
Israeli novelist, WWII survivor Aharon Appelfeld dies at 85
JERUSALEM (AP) — Aharon Appelfeld, esteemed Israeli novelist and Holocaust survivor who became a leading voice in Holocaust literature, has died. He was 85.
Appelfeld was born in Romania before the rise of the Nazis, lost his mother in the mass murder of Jews during World War II and was only reunited with his father 20 years later.
He later rose to become one of Israel's most prolific Hebrew-language writers even though he only learned the language as a teenager.
PEN Center USA to honor Janet Mock next week
NEW YORK (AP) — Author and activist Janet Mock is being honored by PEN Center USA, the West Coast branch of the literary and human rights organization.
Mock will receive an Award of Honor next week during the center's 27th annual Literary Awards Festival. The ceremony will be held Oct. 27 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the center told The Associated Press on Monday.
Margaret Atwood receives Franz Kafka award in Prague
PRAGUE (AP) — Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood has been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize.
An international jury selected Atwood in May as the winner of the annual literary award, which is handed out by the Prague-based Franz Kafka Society.
Atwood was in Prague on Tuesday to receive the award, a small statue of Kafka by Czech artist Jaroslav Rona and a cash prize of $10,000.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Margaret Atwood is receiving a lifetime achievement award from one of the world's oldest literary organizations.
PEN Center USA announced Wednesday that Atwood will accept the honor at the group's annual Literary Awards Festival in October.
Atwood has written more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and essays. The television adaptation of her novel "The Handmaid's Tale" premiered on Hulu earlier this year and has been renewed for a second season that will be released in 2018.
Berry College Professor Sandra Meek has been named the Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry for her book, "An Ecology of Elsewhere."
The Georgia Writers Association is the oldest literary award in the Southeastern United States and has grown in prestige and participation since its inception in 1964. The award honors independently published authors and those whose books are published by traditional publishing houses and covers the genres of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Juan Goytisolo, a Spanish novelist known for his experimental novels and political essays, has died. He was 86.
Goytisolo died at his home in Marrakech, Morocco, on Sunday, according to his literary agency Carmen Balcells. The agency hasn't revealed the cause of death.
Goytisolo won Spain's most prestigious literary award, the Cervantes Prize, in 2014. "Marks of Identity" is among his most highly regarded novels.
Finalists named for Harper Lee prize
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Finalists have been named for a literary award named for the late Alabama author Harper Lee.
The University of Alabama law school and the American Bar Association Journal have named three books that are being considered for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
The annual award is given to a work of fiction that shows the role of attorneys in society and their power to bring about change.
Saudi novelist wins prestigious prize for Arab fiction
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi novelist won what is considered to be the region's top literary award for Arab fiction for a book about the trials and tribulations of a man on a journey of self-revelation through Andalusia in the 12th century during a turbulent period of history.
Mohammed Hasan Alwan was awarded the International Prize for Arab Fiction in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday evening, the 10th annual winner of the prize.
UIC professor wins prestigious literary award
CHICAGO (AP) — A University of Illinois at Chicago professor is one of eight winners of a prestigious literary award.
Luis Alberto Urrea has won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. The writer will receive the $10,000 award in New York next month during a ceremony.
Urrea is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his nonfiction work titled "The Devil's Highway: A True Story." He's won numerous other awards for poetry, fiction and essays.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Nobel literature laureate Toni Morrison is collecting another prestigious prize.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist is scheduled to be presented with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Emerson-Thoreau Medal.
The prize was established in 1958 and is awarded to individuals to recognize a lifetime of literary achievements.
Author Margaret Atwood to speak at Purdue University
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University has announced Margaret Atwood, author of "The Handmaid's Tale," will attend the university's annual Literary Awards celebration.
The author is scheduled for a reading April 5 at 8 p.m. in the Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse, followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is free and open to the public.
Lewis receives 4 literary awards for ‘March: Book Three’
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis is having quite a run in the literary world.
The literary awards keep coming for Georgia Democrat Rep. John Lewis
Rep. John Lewis is having quite a run in the literary world.
The American Library Association announced Monday that the Georgia Democrat received four prizes for “March: Book Three,” the last of a graphic trilogy about his civil-rights activism and winner last fall of the National Book Award.
Lewis receives 4 literary awards for ‘March: Book Three’
NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. John Lewis is having quite a run in the literary world.
‘Birds of Opulence’ author wins Gaines literary award
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When author Crystal Wilkinson of Kentucky learned she won the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, she said she reverted to her 12-year-old self, shrieking and squealing with glee.
"I am over the moon," Wilkinson told The Associated Press about winning the nationally acclaimed prize for "Birds of Opulence," her novel exploring generations of troubled women in the fictional Southern black township of Opulence.
Lewis: Anti-Trump protesters should be peaceful, hopeful
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Congressman John Lewis says protesters of President-elect Donald Trump are justified because of what he said while campaigning.
The Georgia Democrat urged them to speak truth to power through love and nonviolence and not be bitter or angry
Lewis is being recognized with the Nashville Public Library Literary Award on Saturday. He spent his formative years as a civil rights leader in Nashville and says it's "moving" to return to a city that's changed so much.
Philippe Sands’ history of war crimes wins nonfiction prize
LONDON (AP) — Human rights lawyer Philippe Sands won Britain's leading nonfiction literary award on Tuesday for a book about the fight to prosecute war crimes that blends historical investigation and family memoir.
"East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity" was awarded the 30,000-pound ($37,000) Baillie Gifford Prize at a ceremony in London.
Colson Whitehead novel a Carnegie medal finalist
NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's novel, "The Underground Railroad," is up for another literary award, this one presented by the American Library Association.
Whitehead's historical saga about an escaped slave, already a contender for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, is one of three finalists for the $5,000 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. The other fiction nominees are Michael Chabon's "Moonglow" and Zadie Smith's "Swing Time."
Gloria Naylor, who wrote ‘The Women of Brewster Place,’ dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Gloria Naylor, whose debut novel "The Women of Brewster Place," became a best-seller, a National Book Award winner and a TV miniseries released through Oprah Winfrey's production company, has died at the age of 66.