August 11, 2018 at 9:01 pm #1202607587
RIP V.S. Naipaul
V.S. Naipaul, Nobel-winning novelist, dies at 85
https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/11/world/nobel-laureate-novelist-naipaul-dies/index.htmlAugust 13, 2018 at 6:18 am #1202608275
Im Reading the Stand and Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azakban and listening to Horns
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RIP Neil Simon
Neil Simon, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, dies at 91
https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/26/entertainment/neil-simon-playwright-dies/index.htmlSeptember 3, 2018 at 12:54 pm #1202622326
Starting to read “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer. Excited to begin again!September 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm #1202622350
it’s pretty mundane, with a lead who spends a ton of time complaining about his charmed lifeSeptember 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm #1202622404
Well, the acclaim was significant for it, as shown by the recent Pulitizer win. Either way, I’ll judge the novel’s merits for myself.September 3, 2018 at 3:24 pm #1202622417
middle aged white male writer does a book about a middle aged white male writer.September 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm #1202622495
Writing from one’s first-hand experience and frame of reference doesn’t mean the work itself can’t be worthy and/or brilliant.September 4, 2018 at 7:25 am #1202622872
Just started Exit West by Mohsin hamid on Audio book 🙂
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Reading the book that started all the controversy: “Fire and Fury” by Michael WolffSeptember 4, 2018 at 9:12 am #1202622968
who would be interested in doing a reading challenge thingy for next year ? maybe like a reading group kinda thing ?
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Many, many years ago, we tried to organize a “Goldderby Book Club” around here, and it royally flopped. It’s very difficult to keep that going long-term and maintain genuine enthusiasm/interest/momentum.October 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm #1202654022
Man Booker Prize: Anna Burns becomes first winner from Northern Ireland
Anna Burns has been named the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize – becoming the first author from Northern Ireland to triumph.
Milkman, set in an unnamed Northern Irish city during the Troubles, is a coming-of-age story about a young girl’s affair with a married man.”
Burns, the 17th woman to win in the Man Booker’s 49-year history, will receive £50,000 in prize money.
The judges said Milkman was “simply
They highlighted the “distinctive and consistently realised voice of the funny, resilient, astute, plain-spoken, first-person protagonist”.
Milkman beat competition from Everything Under by Daisy Johnson – who, at 27, was the youngest nominee in Man Booker history.
The other nominees were The Long Take by Robin Robertson, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, and The Overstory by Richard Powers.
Milkman is the fourth novel to be written by Burns, who was born in Belfast in 1962.
Her debut, No Bones, was published in 2001, and followed by Little Constructions six years later. Her most recent work prior to Milkman was Mostly Hero – a novella published in 2014.
Speaking to BBC News, Kwame Anthony Appiah, the chairman of the judges, said: “One of the wonderful things about this book is the texture of the language.
“It’s written in this amazing voice of this woman who is living in a divided society.
“She’s being harassed by a man who is sexually interested in her, and he’s taking advantage of divisions in the society to use the power he has, because of those divisions, to go after her.”
Burns opted not to give names to her characters in the novel – even her narrator refers to herself as “Middle Sister”.
In an interview earlier this year, Burns said: “The book didn’t work with names. It lost power and atmosphere and turned into a lesser – or perhaps just a different – book.”October 29, 2018 at 4:13 am #1202663963
NTOZAKE SHANGE, “FOR COLORED GIRLS” PLAYWRIGHT, DIES AT 70
by: Pat Saperstein | Oct 28, 2018, 4:41 PM
Playwright Ntozake Shange, who wrote the 1975 Tony-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” died Saturday in Bowie, Maryland, according to her family. She was 70.
Shange, who was also a poet and author, had suffered a series of strokes in 2004 and died at an assisted living facility.
The influential play, a series of poetic monologues, has been hailed by numerous artists, including Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage. The play centers on the racism and violence experienced by seven black women.
“For Colored Girls” played approximately 750 performances on Broadway, and became a feature film by Tyler Perry. Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington and Janet Jackson starred in the 2010 film.
Washington tweeted that she was “so grateful for her vision and voice.”
Shange was born Paulette Williams in New Jersey and graduated Barnard College and received a master’s from USC. Her Zulu name Ntozake means “She who comes with her own things” and Shange means “She who walks like a lion.”
She won an Obie for “Colored Girls” as well as for her adaptation of “Mother Courage and Her Children.”
Her other plays include “A Photograph: A Study of Cruelty,” “Boogie Woogie Landscapes” and “Black and White Two Dimensional Planes.” Among her novels are “Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo” and “Some Sing, Some Cry,” written with her sister, Ifa Bayeza.
Shange worked with a number of black theater companies and taught at universities including Brown, Rice, Villanova and DePaul.
Ava DuVernay also paid tribute, tweeting “Rest now, Queen.”
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