'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie took the prize for fiction, while 'Five Days at Memorial' by Sheri Fink secured the nonfiction prize.
British-Chinese author Xiaolu Guo, who was selected by Granta Magazine as one of Britain's best young novelists and was recently shortlisted for the Orange Prize, criticized American literature and also expressed concern that literature has become too ‘storytelling-driven.’ 'All the poetry, all the alternative things, have been pushed away by mainstream society,' she said.
The Rosalind Prize for Fiction – named for Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' heroine – follows awards like Australia's women-only Stella Prize and the U.K.'s Orange Prize.
Jonathan Safran Foer spoke on God, prayer, writing, and film adaptations at Calvin College's Festival on Faith & Writing.
This year's Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College included Jonathan Safran Foer, Marilynne Robinson, Chimimanda Ngoze Adichie, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Leila Aboulela.
The 2011 National Book Award winners will be chosen tonight at 8 p.m at a black-tie ceremony in New York hosted by actor and author John Lithgow. This year's nominees were not without controversy, most notably in the Young Adult category, where author Lauren Myracle was first erroneously listed as a nominee for her novel, “Shine” and then was asked to withdraw her nomination. (At Myracle's request, the National Book Foundation made a $5,000 donation to the Mathew Shephard Foundation in exchange.) In the adult fiction category, judges chose to honor some less-publicized books over some of the bigger “event” novels of the year, such as Ann Patchett's “State of Wonder” and Jeffrey Eugenides's “The Marriage Plot.” Here's a look at the five finalists for the fiction prize.
At 25, Obreht is the youngest writer to ever win the prestigious award for English-language fiction by women novelists.
From the work of a recent US Poet Laureate to a satire by a Steppenwolf Theatre-affiliated playwright to a Chinese folk-tale-turned opera, the 2011 Pulitzer Prizes for the arts represent a lively and wide-ranging mélange.