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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Love August Wilson’s Plays? You’re In Luck This Spring

August Wilson We've been in a real August Wilson mood around here lately and with good reason. Residents of Northeast Ohio (our neck of the woods) will have the chance to see five of Wilson's plays from his Pittsburgh Cycle, his ten-play cycle on the Black experience in the 20th century.  ‘Radio Golf’ is ontage at Cleveland Play House now through Sunday, March 4th. ‘Fences’ is onstage at East Cleveland Theatre now through Sunday, March 4th. ‘The Piano Lesson’ is onstage at True North Theatre now through Sunday, March 4th. ‘Two Trains Running’ is onstage at Tri-C’s Metro Campus Studio Theatre March 29 - April 7. ‘Gem of the Ocean’ is onstage at Karamu House May 11 - June 3. Take a listen to this Around Noon podcast on Wilson's work and get your tickets today. Read More →

What Are Your Top Ten Favorite Books – Of All Time?

Edwidge DanticatThe website and corresponding book, "The Top Ten," tackles that very question, asking celebrated writers to list their favorite 10 books. It's so simple yet incredibly fascinating to see which authors select which books and what genres they love. A few of our own Anisfield-Wolf authors have been featured on the site—Joyce Carol Oates and Edwidge Danticat. Check out their picks below:  Top Ten List for Edwidge Danticat Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston  The Stranger by Albert Camus  Germinal by Emile Zola  Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison  One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez Beloved by Toni Morrison  Night by Elie Wiesel  The Color Purple by Alice Walker  The Trial by Franz Kafka  Masters of the Dew by Jacques... Read More →

Friday Lit Review: Things You Might Have Missed When You Were Busy Living Life

Each Friday we'll be bringing you news about your favorite authors, literature and books in general. Check out the first installment and tell us what you think in the comments:  Isabel Wilkerson (2011 winner) was on PBS Newshour to discuss the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian's African-American History Museum. See her part at the 4:00 minute mark.    Our friends over at Book Riot have declared May 8 "Toni Morrison Day" based off the release date of Ms. Morrison's (1998 winner) newest book, Home. One of their writers will be re-reading her entire catalog and will be blogging about the experience.   Paule Marshall (2009 winner) will be doing a reading during the 2012 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, scheduled for May 7-13.    New York has tons of payphones but... Read More →

VIDEO: August Wilson – The Man, The Playwright

August Wilson In this interview, 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award winner August Wilson gives his opinion on everything from African-Americans visiting to Africa to whether the Cosby Show was realistic for its time. There aren't many interviews with Wilson available, so we hope you take some time to listen to his passionate views on race and culture. Let it spark a conversation today. Read More →

We Want To Hear From You!

Here at Anisfield-Wolf, we appreciate great dialogue about literature that helps us make sense of the world we live in. How would the world be different if Zadie Smith never sat down to write? If Beloved never escaped from Toni Morrison's fingers? If we were never able to explore changes in our society through works like The Reluctant Fundamentalist? These authors have spent considerable time trying to explore what it means to be black, white, Australian, Pakistani, Jamaican, etc., and how they are able to move in the world because of it.  We hope to extend the conversations they have started. There's a number of places to do that. Right here on the blog we hope to give you quick updates on what's happening in the world of Anisfield-Wolf award winners, both past and present. We're... Read More →

VIDEO: Rita Dove And Kwame Anthony Appiah Honored With National Medals of Arts and Humanities

Watch Anisfield-Wolf jury member Rita Dove get presented with the 2011 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama and Kwame Anthony Appiah be presented with the 2011 National Medal of Humanities. Read More →

Spend “An Evening With Toni Morrison” At Oberlin College March 14

Oberlin College will host 1988 Anisfield-Wolf award winner Toni Morrison in an intimate event on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30. The Nobel-prize winning author will read from her upcoming novel, Home, as well as participate in a question-and-answer session. The public can request tickets by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your request to: Central Ticket ServiceHall Auditorium67 N. Main St.Oberlin, OH 44074   If you have the opportunity to go, we highly recommend you take the time to see Ms. Morrison in person. In the meantime, check out this reading Toni Morrison delivered in late 2011, at George Washington University: Read More →

Rita Dove To Receive 2011 National Medal of Arts From President Obama

Today, President Obama will present the 2011 National Medal of Arts to distinguished Anisfield-Wolf jury member Rita Dove. Ms. Dove will be honored for her contributions to American poetry.  Ms. Dove creates works that are equal parts beauty, lyricism, critique, and politics.  Ms. Dove has worked to create popular interest in the literary arts, serving as the United States’ youngest Poet Laureate and advocating on behalf of the diversity and vitality of American poetry and literature. She has also won the National Humanities Medal, also being awarded today, becoming only the third person to have the honor of both medals. We send up a hearty round of congratulations to Ms. Dove! Read More →

Anisfield-Wolf Guide To Black History Month

Black History Month is but one period out of the year where we focus on the accomplishments and contributions of those of the African Diaspora. We believe that the world is a richer place when we celebrate our rich cultural diversity, as evidenced by our dedication to selecting books that contribute to the dialogue. It's hard for us to select our favorite books out of the Anisfield-Wolf library, so instead we will choose books that give great insight into the triumphs and challenges of African Americans. Share this list with your colleagues, friends, children and neighbors.  Taylor Branch (2007 winner) Parting the Waters: America In The King Years, 1954-63Pillar of Fire: America In The King Years, 1963-65At Canaan's Edge: America In The King Years, 1965-68 Isabel Wilkerson (2011... Read More →

Anisfield-Wolf Authors On Twitter

Being able to communicate directly with your favorite writers and authors is probably one of the best uses of Twitter. Here, we've rounded up some Anisfield-Wolf winners you can find tweeting and answering questions from their readers. Click on the tweets to see their full profiles. [View the story "Anisfield-Wolf Authors On Twitter" on Storify]   Read More →
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