Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Publishers Lunch

Mia Alvar won the PEN/Bingham prize for debut fiction for her story collection In the Country, presented on Monday night. Ta-Nehisi Coates won PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Toni Morrison was unable to attend the awards gala, so Errol McDonald accepted the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction on her behalf.

Separately, the UK's Women's Prize for Fiction announced their shortlist on the eve of the London Book Fair as usual, with Hanya Yanagihara's novel A Little Life in contention again (after nominations for both the Booker and the National Book Award). The other nominees are:

Ruby, Cynthia Bond
The Green Road, Anne Enright
The Glorious Heresies, Lisa McInerney (due in the US from Tim Duggan Books in August)
The Portable Veblen, Elizabeth McKenzie
The Improbability of Love, Hannah Rothschild

And the International Dublin Literary Award announced its 10-book shortlist as well, which includes Booker winner Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings and books by four US authors: Marilynne Robinson, Dave Eggers, Jenny Offill, and Akhil Sharma. 

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