Review: Writing Well by Mark Tredinnick

I first read Writing Well by Mark Tredinnick a few years back.  It has held pride of place on my writing book shelf because it is one of the most helpful and beautifully written books on writing I've read so far. "Writing Well is a guide to expressive creative writing and effective professional prose. The... Continue Reading →

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2016 Etisalat Prize Shortlist

The 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature Shortlist is out and brings us 3 novels from the African continent.  This year two Nigerians and one South African are vying for the prize. The Seed Thief by Jacqui L'Ange "Sometimes the thing you find is not the one you were looking for. When botanist Maddy Bellani is... Continue Reading →

2016 NBCC Award Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for the 2016 awards.  They have awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award to Margaret Atwood.  The NBCC awards will be presented on the 16th March in New York.  I'm going to share the finalists for the Fiction category here but follow the above link to... Continue Reading →

2016 Man Booker Prize Winner

This year's Man Booker prize went to The Sellout by Paul Beatty.  Beatty's novel also won the NBCC fiction prize earlier this year and he is the first American author to win the Man Booker prize since US authors became eligible in 2014. The 2016 Chair of judges, Amanda Foreman, commented that: ‘The Sellout is... Continue Reading →

2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

The 2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist is out!  We have already seen one of the shortlisted books win the 2015 NBCC Fiction Prize earlier this year and the only previously Man Booker shortlisted author on the list this year is Deborah Levy (Swimming Home).  The shortlist looks packed with interesting reads. Chair of Judges, Amanda... Continue Reading →

2016 Baileys Women’s Prize Winner

The winner of this year's Baileys Women's prize for fiction is Lisa McInerney for her debut novel The Glorious Heresies. Margaret Mountford, Chair of Judges, commented: “After a passionate discussion around a very strong shortlist, we chose Lisa McInerney’s The Glorious Heresies, a superbly original, compassionate novel that delivers insights into the very darkest of... Continue Reading →

2016 PEN Faulkner Award Winner

The 2016 PEN/Faulkner award winner is James Hannaham for his novel Delicious Foods. Delicious Foods by James Hannaham "Delicious Foods is at once a sweeping American tale of race and exploitation, a darkly comedic thriller, and an intimate portrayal of a troubled mother and her damaged son. The narrative follows the lives of Darlene, a woman... Continue Reading →

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

In my part of the world the Pulitzer Prizes were announced at 9pm last night but no matter the time zone people all over were ready and waiting to hear the news of the 100th anniversary Pulitzer Prize winners. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen What a year for Viet... Continue Reading →

2016 PEN Faulkner Finalists

The 2016 PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction finalists include five authors who I personally haven't heard of before so this is a nice opportunity to discover some new reading.  Here are the 2016 finalists: Delicious Foods by James Hannaham "Darlene, a young widow and mother devastated by the death of her husband, turns to drugs... Continue Reading →

Writer Spotlight: Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in Japan in 1949.   He grew up an only child in the coastal city of Kobe to parents who both taught Japanese literature.  Despite this, Murakami was greatly interested in western literature and counts Raymond Chandler, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Franz Kafka as some of his literature influences. Murakami didn't plan on... Continue Reading →

2016 Baileys Women’s Prize Shortlist

The 2016 Baileys Women's Prize Shortlist has been revealed.  There are two books that were up for other lit prizes last year; Anne Enright's The Green Road was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life was an NBA finalist and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, among other prizes.  I'm... Continue Reading →

2015 NBCC Fiction Award Winner

The 2015 NBCC fiction prize winner is Paul Beatty for his novel The Sellout.  On the BookCritics website Karen Long describes The Sellout: "Try reading the first paragraph of The Sellout aloud. Better still, in public. It begins “This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I’ve never stolen anything” and... Continue Reading →

Writer Spotlight: Herta Müller

Herta Müller was born in 1953 in Romania.  More specifically, she was born in a German speaking village to Banat Swabian parents placing her within the German minority of Romania which would influence a great deal of her experience of life. Müller is a novelist, poet, and essayist whose work has been translated into more... Continue Reading →

Writer Spotlight: Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz is a well known Nobel Laureate born in Cairo, Egypt in 1911.  He has written 34 novels and over 350 short stories as well as plays and film scripts over a 70 year career.  He passed away in 2006.  It was his Cairo Trilogy; Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, and Sugar street that... Continue Reading →

2015 NBCC Fiction Award Finalists

The 2015 NBCC Prize for Fiction Finalists have been released.  The Fates and the Furies by Lauren Groff makes another appearance on awards' shortlists for 2015.  Here is the full list of this year's contenders for the prize to be announced in March: The Sellout by Paul Beatty "A biting satire about a young man's isolated... Continue Reading →

2015 Etisalat Literature Prize Shortlist

At the end of last year the Etisalat Prize for Literature released their 2015 longlist which Professor Ato Quayson describes: “The range of submissions for the Etisalat Prize this represents the vitality of literary writing on the continent, and the longlist is a selective showcase of the best to be found. The subjects covered in... Continue Reading →

2016 Neustadt Laureate

Congratulations to Dubravka Ugrešić the 2016 Neustadt Laureate   You may or may not have heard of Ugrešić, here is an excerpt from the Neustadt blog article about her: "Born in the former Yugoslavia and now residing in Amsterdam, Ugrešić is considered one of Europe’s most distinctive novelists and essayists. Marked by a combination of... Continue Reading →

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