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Literature and Culture News

Marie Ponsot Awarded $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

The Poetry Foundation has named poet Marie Ponsot the winner of the 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The award carries a $100,000 cash prize. It is administered by Poetry magazine and given annually to an American poet. John Barr, president of the Poetry Foundation, said in a statement, "How fitting that the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, named for poetry's greatest benefactor, should this year honor Marie Ponsot, a woman who has herself made such major contributions to American poetry." Marie Ponsot has published six poetry collections, including The Bird Catcher (1998), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her latest poetry collection is Easy. Marie Ponsot has also translated over 30 books from French into English. Her bio can be found here. A list of prior Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize recipients can be found here. Photo: Knopf Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Tan Twan Eng Wins Man Asian Literary Prize

Tan Twan Eng won the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel, The Garden of Evening Mists. He is the first Malaysian author to win the prize. The awards carries a $30,000 cash prize. The novel is set in Malaya following the Japanese occupation. Professor David Parker, executive director of the Asian Literary Prize, said in a statement, "Achieved with the seemingly effortless poise of a remarkable fictional artistry, Tan Twan Eng's winning novel will be prized by all those who cannot resist the mastery of language." In a release the Asian Literary Prize says the current sponsor, Man Group, will be relinquishing its title sponsorship. A new title sponsor is being sought for the 2013 prize. Photo: Weinstein Books Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Book Publishers Protest Amazon's Application to Own All of .Book Domain

Publishers Weekly reports that a group of book publishers is trying to stop Amazon.com's bid to purchase the .book domain from ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). The Association of American Publishers (AAP) opposes Amazon's application saying that giving Amazon the exclusive use of the .book domain would not be in the public's best interest. If Amazon is allowed to purchase the domain, no one else can use .book. The AAP argues that giving the domain exclusively would violate the "traditional primary meaning" of the word book. In addition, such an action would hurt book sellers, authors, publishers, libraries, agents, teachers and other professions traditionally associated with books. These generic domains, like .book, are known as generic top-level domains or gTLDs. ICANN's website about gTLDs can be found at newgtlds.icann.org. ICANN says the goal of its new program is "to increase competition and choice in the domain name space." Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

SNL Skit: Barnes & Noble Staff Meeting

Saturday Night Live took aim at Barnes & Noble this weekend with a skit about one store which has had a theft problem. The manager (host Kevin Hart) calls the bookstore staff and the cafe staff (Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong) to find out who is the culprit. The baristas take the opportunity to belittle their more nerdy co-workers. Given the recent announcement of how disastrous the Nook's sales have been, it's like kicking the chain when it's down. But every workplace does have a few odd employees. Taran Killam's creepy employee is the best character. Take a look: Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Charles Wright Wins 2013 Bollingen Poetry Prize

Charles Wright has been named the winner of Yale's 2013 Bollingen Poetry. The biennial award carries a $150,000 cash prize. Wright won the award for his latest poetry collection, Bye-and-Bye: Selected Late Poems. The judges described Wright's latest collection as, "an extended meditation in which we sense 'splinters of the divine' in the phenomena and cyclic changes of the natural world, and in the elusive reaches of memory, myth, and history." Wright has authored nineteen poetry collections. In addition to writing poetry, Charles Wright is also professor emeritus of the University of Virginia's English department's Creative Writing Program. You can read more about Charles Wright here on virginia.edu. Information about past Bollingen Poetry Prize winners can be found here. Photo: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Richard Blanco Talks Inaugural Poem

Richard Blanco talks about his inaugural poem, "One Today." Blanco said he could have gone all the way back to the pilgrims, but he wanted to do something contemporary. Blanco says he wanted to capture a sense of where our generation is now. He did a great job with the poem. You can watch a video of Blanco reading his poem at the inauguration here and you can find the full text of the poem here. Take a look: Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

National Book Awards Adds Long Lists, Expands Eligibility for Judging Panels

The National Book Foundation announced changes in how the National Book Awards are reviewed and selected. After getting input from the book community and hiring an outside consulting firm, the foundation decided that it will broaden the reach and impact of the awards. From here on out the Foundation will select a long list of ten titles in each of the four award categories. The long list book swill be announced five weeks before the finalists are announced. For this year, the long lists consisting of 40 titles will be announced on September 12th, 2013. The 20 finalists will be announced on October 15th and the four National Book Award Winners on November 20th. The awards are given annually to the best American books published in each of four genres - Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature. David Steinberger, Chairman of The National Book Foundation Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of The Perseus Books Group said, "Our mission is to increase the impact of great writing on American culture and these changes are concrete steps to further that mission." "Every year many worthy titles don't make it all the way to becoming Finalists. The Long-List will allow us to recognize more good books and broaden the conversation," said Morgan Entrekin, Vice Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Directors and Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Grove Atlantic. The judging panels are also changing. Judges will no longer have to be writers. Judges may include other experts in the field including literary critics, librarians, and booksellers. There are five judges on each panel. Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds
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