Literary awards

This combination photo shows the cover of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Nickel Boys," left, and a portrait of author Colson Whitehead. Whitehead became the first fiction writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for back to back novels. “The Nickel Boys,” his followup to “Underground Railroad,” won the Pulitzer in April and comes out in paperback this week. He also managed to finish a crime novel, with the working title “Harlem Shuffle,” that he began more than a year ago. (Doubleday, left, and Madeline Whitehead/Doubleday via AP)
June 30, 2020 - 7:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Even sheltering in place, Colson Whitehead has had an eventful year. Whitehead became the first fiction writer to win Pulitzers for back to back novels, “Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys,” which won the Pulitzer in May and comes out in paperback this week. He also managed...
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This cover image released by Riverhead Books shows "Deacon King Kong," a novel by James McBride. Oprah Winfrey has chosen McBride’s “Deacon King Kong” for her book club. McBride’s novel is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969. It pays tribute to community and to McBride's own childhood in a Brooklyn project. (Riverhead Books via AP)
June 16, 2020 - 7:46 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has chosen James McBride's “Deacon King Kong” for her book club. McBride's novel is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969 and centers on the shooting of a drug dealer by an aging and tipsy church deacon. But it also pays tribute to community and to McBride's own...
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This combination of photos released by Doubleday shows author Charles King, left, and the cover of "Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex and Gender in the Twentieth Century." King's book has received a prominent Francis Parkman Prize, named for the 19th century historian and awarded for literary and scholarly achievement. (Miriam Lomaskin/Doubleday, left, and Doubleday via AP)
June 10, 2020 - 7:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Charles King's “Gods of the Upper Air,” a group biography on such groundbreaking anthropologists as Franz Boas, Margaret Mead and Zora Neale Hurston, has received a prominent history award. Frances Fitzgerald won the first-ever Tony Horwitz Prize, established after the celebrated...
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June 02, 2020 - 7:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — As nationwide protests against racism and police violence continue, readers are seeking out books old and new on race and criminal justice. Robin Diangelo's “White Fragility," Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" and Bryan Stevenson's “Just Mercy” were among the works high on the...
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May 27, 2020 - 12:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Robb Forman Dew, a prize-winning fiction writer who drew upon her small-town Ohio background for such novels as “Dale Loves Sophie to Death” and “The Evidence Against Her,” has died. Little, Brown and Company announced this week that Dew died May 22 at Baystate Medical Center in...
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Six-year-old Muneefa Nazir, a Kashmiri girl whose right eye was hit by a marble ball shot allegedly by Indian Paramilitary soldiers on Aug. 12, stands outside her home in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sept. 17, 2019. The image was part of a series of photographs by Associated Press photographers which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
May 04, 2020 - 4:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes (all times local): 5 p.m. The Pulitzer Prizes had something new this year — the inaugural award for audio reporting. The award announced Monday went to the collaboration between the staff of “This American Life,” Molly O’...
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March 25, 2020 - 7:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Essayist and New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino and novelist Ling Ma are among this year's 10 winners of the Whiting Awards, which give $50,000 prizes for promising literary talent. Tolentino's essay collection “Trick Mirror” was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle...
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This combination of photos shows cover images for "Lost Children Archive" by Valeria Luiselli, left, and "Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster" by Adam Higginbotham, both winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a $5,000 prize presented by the American Library Association. (Knopf, left,/Simon & Schuster via AP)
March 23, 2020 - 10:00 pm
LONDON (AP) — Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli’s novel “Lost Children Archive” won the Rathbones Folio Prize for literature on Monday at a ceremony held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Luiselli beat finalists who included Zadie Smith’ and Ben Lerner to win the 30,000 pound ($35,000)...
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This combination photo shows the cover of "The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777," left, and a portrait of author Rick Atkinson. Military historian Atkinson has won a $50,000 prize for his first of three planned volumes on the Revolutionary War. The New-York Historical Society announced Tuesday that Atkinson had received the Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize. (Holt, left, and Elliott O'Donovan via AP)
March 17, 2020 - 10:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Military historian Rick Atkinson has won a $50,000 prize for his first of three planned volumes on the Revolutionary War. The New-York Historical Society announced Tuesday that Atkinson had received the Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize for “The British Are Coming: The War for...
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March 16, 2020 - 10:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Wilkerson's first book since her Pulitzer Prize winning “The Warmth of Other Suns” is a years-long project that will explore what she calls the “unseen skeleton” of hierarchy in American life. Random House announced Monday that Wilkerson's “Caste: The Origins of Our...
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