Eight prizes awarded to poets, critics, essayists and photographers featured in Poetry over the past year
Brian Jay Jones (Washington Irving: An American Original) has written a defining biography on the life of Muppets creator Jim Henson. Jones answered a few questions about working on this stellar book.
Novelist, essayist, poet, farmer and activist Berry receives the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award
In Elliott Holt’s Cold War–set debut novel, You Are One of Them, ten-year-old best friends Sarah Zuckerman and Jennifer Jones write letters to Soviet premier Yuri Andropov asking for peace. Jenny receives a response but Sarah doesn’t, and when Jenny heads to the USSR (and ensuing media stardom) at the Kremlin’s invitation, Sarah feels left [...]
The 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction winners are announced in Chicago during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference.
Two months after Iain Banks announced on his website that he had been diagnosed with terminal gall bladder cancer, the Scottish author of such acclaimed novels as The Wasp Factory and The Hydrogen Sonata lost his brief battle on June 9 at the age of 59. Praised by William Gibson as “a phenomenon” and “fearlessly [...]
Stressing that there are no rules when it comes to art, Robert Pinsky says “a poem is not a challenge to say something smart…. A poem should not ‘mean’ but ‘be.’” And if you’re having trouble understanding it, “read it aloud.”
Take a slightly long table. Cover it in black cloth. Place four chairs along the side that faces out. Invite three men who have published with great success on the endeavors of science. Place one small bottled water, one glass with ice, and one paper napkin on the table in front of each chair. No bunsen [...]
“Many thought that One Thousand and One Nights were folklore, tales, and that’s it—not a treasure. These stories were told so people could learn lessons about humanity, even from bad deeds or omens.”