Daily News from Poets & Writers
Brian Chikwava, a fiction writer who was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, won the 2004 Caine Prize for African writing for his story "Seventh Street Alchemy."
This year marks the centennial of the births of several renowned literary writers, including Isaac Bashevis Singer, Pablo Neruda, Louis Zukofsky, and Graham Greene.
Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything Is Illuminated (Houghton Mifflin, 2002), recently announced that he returned the money he received from the PEN American Center when he won the PEN/Robert Bigham Fellowship last month.
British fiction writer Andrea Levy recently won the Orange Prize for Fiction for her fourth novel Small Island (Review Books). She received £30,000 (approximately $54,900).
The Man Group, the sponsor of the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction, recently announced it will award the first Man Booker International Prize in 2005.
Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, located at the foothills of Palomar Mountain in Southern California, was destroyed by a wildfire on May 2, 2004. All of the buildings on the 300-acre nature preserve were reduced to ash and rubble. The five artists in residence at the time were evacuated safely, but a large number of antiques were lost.
The American Booksellers Association recently compiled Best Books: The Best of Book Sense From the First Five Years, a list of titles that U.S. independent booksellers most enjoyed selling during the past five years. Booksellers voted from a ballot that included 371 titles culled from Book Sense 76 lists. The final list consists of 25 books in the categories of Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, and Children's.
President George W. Bush is requesting that Congress increase the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts by $18 million in 2005. The proposal would raise the NEA's budget from $121 million in 2004 to $139 million in 2005. It would be the largest increase since 1984.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. recently announced the finalists for the 2003 Discover Great New Writers Awards. The winners in each category will receive $10,000. Second-place finalists receive $2,500, and third-place finalists receive $1,000. The winners will be named on March 3.
The National Book Critics Circle, a professional organization composed of 600 book critics and reviewers from across the country, recently announced the finalists for this year's book awards.
Stephen King won't be the only writer receiving an award on November 19 at the 54th National Book Awards ceremony in New York City.
Australian-born novelist D.B.C. Pierre won the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Vernon God Little, published by Faber & Faber. He received £50,000 (approximately $80,000). Pierre was chosen from a shortlist including Monica Ali, Margaret Atwood, Damon Galgut, Zoë Heller, and Clare Morrall.
Short story writer Lydia Davis of Albany, New York, is among 24 individuals who will receive a $500,000 fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
After 14 years as executive director of the National Book Foundation, Neil Baldwin recently announced his resignation. He will leave his position after this year's National Book Awards ceremony on November 19.
Harold Augenbraum was recently named executive director of the National Book Foundation, the nonprofit organization that sponsors the annual National Book Awards.
South African fiction writer J. M. Coetzee won the 2003 Nobel Prize in literature, the Swedish Academy announced October 2. He received $1.3 million.
Arizona State University's creative writing program was the recent recipient of a $10 million endowment from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the largest charitable foundation in Arizona.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the largest poetry event in North America, is changing venues. The event, previously held at Waterloo Village near Stanhope, New Jersey, is moving to Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey.
Winnowed from a group of 23 semi-finalists, six authors were recently shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize. The annual prize is given for the best novel published in the current year and is open to writers from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the British Commonwealth.