The Loft’s star-studded Wordplay festival of readers, writers and books is just a little over two weeks away, with Stephen King leading the charge of famous authors. Meanwhile, this weekend into next week will feature an incredible lineup of authors, plus the myriad delights of Independent Bookstore Day. Truly, we live in one of the world’s best places to be a reader, a writer or, let’s face it, a book. This was a pick on Tuesday, but it’s worth repeating that Lorna Landvik will present her latest, “Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes)” tonight (Thursday, April 25) at Scott County Library in Prior Lake at 7 p.m. Thank you, Club Book. Also tonight at Ramsey County Library in Roseville, Larry Millett, historian of Minnesota architecture (and author of several Sherlock Holmes mysteries set in Minnesota), will present his “Metropolitan Dreams,” the story of the late, still much-lamented Northwestern Guaranty Loan Building in downtown … [Read more...] about Book events plentiful in run-up to Wordplay
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Hillel Italie, Ap National Writer Updated 5:23 pm PDT, Thursday, March 14, 2019 FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, author Anna Burns smiles after being presented with the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 for "Milkman," during the prize's 50th year at the Guildhall in London. Burns’ “Milkman" has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. less FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, author Anna Burns smiles after being presented with the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 for "Milkman," during the prize's 50th year at the Guildhall in London. ... more Photo: Frank Augstein, AP Photo: Frank Augstein, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, author Anna Burns smiles after being presented with the … [Read more...] about Zadie Smith, Anna Burns among winners of critics prizes
United States Artists has announced the winners of its coveted 2019 USA Fellowships, $50,000 unrestricted awards “recognizing artists for their contributions to the field, and allowing them to decide how to best support their lives.” In other words, no strings. Dyani White Hawk is a new USA Fellow in visual art, fiction writer Lesley Nneka Arimah in writing. Other names on the 2019 list will be familiar to fans of the SPCO’s Liquid Music, the Walker’s Performing Arts series and Icehouse, because the artists have appeared thanks to them: avant-pop musician and performer Helado Negro, multi-instrumentalist and composer Roscoe Mitchell and vocalist and composer Jen Shyu. Previous Minnesota USA Fellows are Frank Big Bear, Jonathan Muecke, Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, Ranee Ramaswamy, Mary Ellen Childs, Morgan Thorson, Carlyle Brown, Siah Armajani, Michael Sommers, Dominique Serrand, Sandra Benitez and Susan Power. Our mighty indie literary publishers PEN America … [Read more...] about 2 Minneapolis artists named USA Fellows; ‘A Little Night Music’ to open at the Ritz
Pennsylvania ranks fourth among states producing the most decorated authors. LitHub compiled a list of which states housed the most literary masterpieces, as determined by the winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.Unsurprisingly, New York produced the most award-winning authors and poets, starting in 1921 with Edith Wharton for "The Age of Innocence," which won the Pulitzer that year. Authors in the state have won 71 total literary awards — including the "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez, which won the National Book Award this past year.California produced 29 masterpieces, notably from authors and poets like Robert Frost and John Steinbeck. Illinois followed close behind with 28.But in Pennsylvania, which has clocked 24 masterpieces since 1919, author of the "Rabbit" series John Updike took the most awards. Updike, who grew up in the Reading area and based many of his works on the ideals of suburban Pennsylvania, won … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania is the fourth most-decorated literary state in the U.S.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Paul S. Makishima Globe Staff January 11, 2019 This year is shaping up to be a big one for fiction, with new books from the likes of Elizabeth McCracken, Marlon James, Karen Russell, and Colson Whitehead and long-awaited second novels by Nicole Dennis-Benn, Téa Obreht, and Erin Morgenstern. There are also striking works of nonfiction queued up. Take a look. FEB. 5 “Bowlaway,’’Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco)Loss and love revolve around a bowling alley established at the turn of the 20th century in a Massachusetts village by a woman who seems to have fallen from the sky in this quirky epic about family and fate, McCracken’s first novel since 2001’s “Niagara Falls All Over Again.’’ Advertisement “Where Reasons End,’’ Yiyun Li (Random House) Get The Weekender in your inbox: The Globe's top … [Read more...] about Most anticipated books for 2019