Poet Rita Dove to receive an honorary National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement
Poet Rita Dove is this year's winner of an honorary National Book Award for “Distinguished Contribution to American Letters,” a lifetime achievement prize previously given to Toni Morrison and Don DeLillo among others.
Murphy ekes out win in NJ, GOP’s Youngkin upsets in Virginia
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey narrowly won reelection in his reliably blue state while a Republican political newcomer delivered a stunning upset in the Virginia governor’s race, sending a warning to Democrats that their grip on power in Washington may be in peril.
Karen Tei Yamashita to receive honorary National Book Award
The National Book Foundation announced Friday that Karen Tei Yamashita has been awarded its medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a $10,000 honor previously given to Toni Morrison, Robert Caro and Isabel Allende among others.
American Academy of Arts and Letters expands, diversifies
(AP Photo)NEW YORK – One of the country's oldest cultural instititutions, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is undergoing some of its biggest changes in more than a century. AdHarjo, the first Native American to be appointed U.S. poet laureate, said she looked forward to having an influence on future academy choices. “There are so many incredible Native visual artists,” she told the AP, while also citing such authors as N. Scott Momaday and Leslie Marmon Silko. But the academy will still call itself an academy, while working to make itself more accessible to artists and to the general public. Besides choosing members, the academy also gives dozens of prizes and grants each year, totalling more than $1 million.
Women's Hall of Fame honors Aretha Franklin, Morrison, Lacks
The National Women's Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 in Seneca Falls, the site of the first women’s rights convention. She won 18 Grammy awards and, in 1987, became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was 75 years old when she became the first Black woman to set foot on the North Pole, and stood on the South Pole five years later. Born during the Civil War, Terrell was a dedicated suffragist whose civil rights activism continued up until her death in 1954 at the age of 90. Terrell was the first Black woman in the United States appointed to the school board of a major city, the District of Columbia.
`The books that help her through': Winfrey suggests seven
NEW YORK – With Election Day approaching and the pandemic ongoing, Oprah Winfrey is setting aside her usual book club recommendations and instead citing seven personal favorites, ranging from James Baldwin's landmark essays in “The Fire Next Time” to Mary Oliver's poetry collection “Devotions.”Winfrey is calling her choices “The Books That Help Me Through," works she values for “their ability to comfort, inspire, and enlighten.”"It’s a mix of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and spirituality, books I know and trust and revisit time and again,” she said in a statement Monday. Winfrey had planned a new choice every two months; her previous selection, Isabel Wilkerson's “Caste,” was announced in early August. Winfrey spokesperson Chelsea Hettrick said the seven books announced Monday would serve as “a bridge between selections,” and that no firm timeline had been set for future choices. “This year has brought such unprecedented change overall. We will re-evaluate in the coming weeks the selection plan and timing for the remainder of 2020,” she said.
Alexie, Pilkey books among most 'challenged' of past decade
FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie appears at a celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day at Seattle's City Hall. Alexie is included in a list of authors who wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. All wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. The association does not formally count the number of times books are actually removed from a library shelf or from a school reading list. “There are actually two lines of objections to the Anne Frank diary,” Caldwell-Stone says.
Walter Mosley to receive honorary National Book Award
NEW YORK Walter Mosley is receiving an honorary National Book Award, cited for dozens of books which range from science fiction and erotica to the acclaimed mystery series that has followed the life of Los Angeles private detective Ezekiel Easy Rawlins. The National Book Awards are presented by the non-profit National Book Foundation. But like such previous medal winners as Ray Bradbury and Elmore Leonard, he has never been nominated for a National Book Award in a competitive category. Mosley knows well the reason: Crime fiction is usually bypassed when lists for a years best books are considered. In a statement Thursday, National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas noted the quantity, and quality, of Mosley's work.
New literary prize is $50,000 honor for best New York story
NEW YORK A new literary award with a $50,000 cash prize will honor those best at telling a New York story. Wolfson and Tusk are funding the prize themselves and have committed to at least 10 years. Starting next spring, the award will be presented to a book, fiction or nonfiction, published in a given calendar year that is about New York City or takes place there. Celebrated works of the past that would have fit that category include Robert Caro's The Power Broker, Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities and Toni Morrison's Jazz.Jurors for the Gotham prize include filmmaker Ric Burns, poet Safina Sinclair and former New York City schools chancellor Dennis Walcott. The deadline for submissions for the 2020 prize is Nov. 1.
Library of Congress to honor author Colson Whitehead
NEW YORK Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already this year's recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library of Congress. On Monday, it announced that he had won the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Whitehead, 50, is the youngest winner of the lifetime achievement prize, which the library has previously given to Toni Morrison, Philip Roth and Denis Johnson, among others. He is the first author to win Pulitzers for consecutive works of fiction The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, for which he won in April.
Rosanne Cash wins prestigious MacDowell arts medal
FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, Rosanne Cash attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. The singer-songwriter is this year's winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal, presented by the MacDowell artist colony, which announced the prize Sunday, May 17, 2020. The singer-songwriter is this year's winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal, presented by the MacDowell artist colony, which announced the prize Sunday. In a statement issued through MacDowell, Cash said she was profoundly humbled to receive an award that Morrison and others had been given. Cash will be formally honored at the MacDowell colony, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Small free libraries offering solace amid virus shutdowns
Across the United States, volunteers are reporting a jump in little free libraries as readers look to pass the time. Since 2009, tens of thousands of little free libraries have sprung up in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. In rural areas, where broadband internet is sparse, the little free libraries may be only place to find a Toni Morrison novel. We have definitely seen an increase in use, said John Sweet, who helps oversee a free library in Bend, Oregon. Janelle Will of Akron, Michigan, said her tiny farm village of 300 people doesnt have a public library, but its free library remains busy.
Oprah Winfrey Pens Emotional Tribute to Toni Morrison: 'Long May Her Words Reign!'
Oprah Winfrey is remembering Toni Morrison. In 1998, Winfrey starred in the film adaptation of Morrison's 1987 novel, Beloved, which went on to win the author the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Winfrey went on to select Morrison's 1997 novel, Paradise, in 1998 and her 1973 work, Sula, in 2002. Toni Morrison took the word and turned it into a Songof Solomon, of Sula, Beloved, Mercy, Paradise Love, and more," Winfrey wrote alongside a smiling photo of herself with Morrison from the author's first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. "Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page," Obama tweeted.
Oprah Winfrey pays tribute to Toni Morrison
Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison (R) shares a laugh with Oprah Winfrey during the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner in 2010, in Chicago. (CNN) - Oprah Winfrey has written a tribute to "Beloved" author Toni Morrison, who has died at 88-years-old. Toni Morrison took the word and turned it into a Song...of Solomon, of Sula, Beloved, Mercy, Paradise Love, and more," Winfrey wrote. Over the years, Morrison appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" multiple times. "It is exhilarating and life-enhancing every time I read and share her work," Winfrey concluded her tribute.
10 iconic Toni Morrison quotes to live your life by
Nobel laureate and author Toni Morrison died Monday night at the age of 88, according to her publisher Knopf. Morrison wrote such admired books like "Beloved," "Song of Solomon," "Sula" and many others, and was the first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize. Ever since the news came out of Morrison's death, many fans have been sharing some of their favorite words that Morrison wrote or said on social media and they're all incredible. From her books to speeches she made accepting prestigious awards, here are a few Morrison quotes to celebrate the life of the famed author:1. Song of Solomon, 1977.
Toni Morrison, Celebrated Novelist of 'Beloved' and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 88
Toni Morrison, celebrated novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died, multiple outlets have confirmed. Toni Morrison passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends, Morrisons family said in a statement issued to the AP through Knopf. Morrison soon turned to writing, coming up with the story for her first novel, The Bluest Eye, which was published in 1970. The novel also caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who spent a decade trying to adapt it for the screen. Beloved marked the first of many accolades to be bestowed upon Morrison during her career.
Toni Morrison, 'Beloved' author and Nobel Laureate, dies at 88
Angela Radulescu via Wikimedia Commons(CNN) - Toni Morrison, author of seminal works of literature on the black experience such as "Beloved," "Song of Solomon" and "Sula" and the first African-American woman to win a Nobel Prize, has died, her publisher Knopf confirmed to CNN. She was 88. Developing storyThe-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
Toni Morrison, Author of 'Beloved,' Dies at 88
Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died. Morrison, who wrote "Beloved" and "Song of Solomon," passed away at Montefiore Medical Center in New York on Monday, publisher Alfred A. Knopf confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Morrison was hailed as a "visionary force" when she won the Nobel literature prize in 1993, becoming the first black woman to do so. "She made me understand 'writer' was a fine profession," Shonda Rhimes tweeted Tuesday. Toni Morrison, seminal author who stirringly chronicled the Black American experience, dies https://t.co/S6qxix5OCj shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 6, 2019This is a breaking news story.
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Nobel Prize winning author and honoree Toni Morrison speaks on stage during the Brooklyn Museum's Sackler Center First Awards at the Brooklyn Museum on April 18, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (PhotoNEW YORK - Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, awarded in 1993. Her novel "Beloved," in which a mother makes a tragic choice to murder her baby to save the girl from slavery, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988.