• The Night Watchman brings Pulitzer to Louise Erdrich

      The Night Watchman brings Pulitzer to Louise Erdrich

      The Native American writer Louise Erdrich has won the Pulitzer Prize for The Night Watchman, a powerful novel inspired by the life of her maternal grandfather, whose reservation community was threatened in the 1950s by a new “emancipation” bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress.

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    • French author wins Booker Prize

      French author wins Booker Prize

      French author David Diop has won the International Booker Prize for his novel At Night All Blood is Black. The winner was announced by the chair of the judges, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, during a virtual ceremony streamed across the awards' Facebook page and YouTube channel from Coventry Cathedral in the UK.

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    • Bulgarian writer awarded 2021 EUPL

      Bulgarian writer awarded 2021 EUPL

      Bulgarian writer Georgi Bardarov's novel Absolvo Te, which means “forgiveness of all sins”, is among the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL). The novel was published in 2020. It intertwines the threads of several conflicts that still smoulder today. The main character, a Holocaust survivor, is also among the victims of the Arab-Israeli conflict, which is especially topical today due to the increased tensions in the Gaza Strip.

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    • Writers from 4 continents up for International Booker Prize

      Writers from 4 continents up for International Booker Prize

      Chinese writer Can Xue and Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o, both long-favoured contenders for the Nobel Prize for literature, are among nominees for the International Booker Prize for fiction. Can Xue’s “I Live in the Slums” and Ngugi’s “The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi” are among 13 books on the longlist for the 50,000 pound prize.

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    • Italy marks Dante Day

      Italy marks Dante Day

      Italy marks Dante Day on Thursday on the 700th anniversary of the Divine Comedy author's death in Ravenna. The 'Supreme Poet' will be celebrated across the country with the highest-profile event being a televised reading of Canto XXV of the Paradiso by comic actor, director and Dante buff Roberto Benigni at the presidential Quirinal Palace at 19:10 in the presence of President Sergio Mattarella and Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, ANSA reported.

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    • Verses by Attilio Bertolucci in Sofia's subway

      Verses by Attilio Bertolucci in Sofia's subway

      The Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in Sofia, Bulgaria, will take part in the fifth edition of the initiative Poetry on the subway. It is an EUNIC event that makes the works of the greatest European poets known to passengers on the Sofia subway. Until 20 December, the verses will be present in the subway cars, in their original language and in Bulgarian.

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    • Veteran economist Sen awarded Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

      Veteran economist Sen awarded Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

      Economics Nobel laureate and philosopher Amartya Sen has been awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, organisers announced on Sunday. Sen was chosen because he had "been dealing with issues of global justice as a thought leader for decades," the jury said, adding that his contribution to the fight against social inequality was more relevant today than ever before.

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