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Anisfield-Wolf Winners Both Attend And Object To The Brooklyn Book Festival

  Photo credit: Belem Destefani Brooklyn, N.Y. -- The Brooklyn Book Festival—a celebratory, cerebral, free event that runs one Sunday in September—attracted tens of thousands of readers, and this year, a spike of controversy. Anisfield-Wolf jurors Rita Dove and Joyce Carol Oates read from their work, soaking up warm applause, while two recent fiction winners—Junot Diaz and Kamila Shamsie—signed a petition calling on the festival to sever its support from Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “It is deeply regrettable that the Festival has chosen to accept funding from the Israeli government just weeks after Israel’s bloody 50-day assault on the Gaza Strip, which left more than 2,100 Palestinians – including 500 children – dead,” asserts the petition, distributed... Read More →

Joyce Carol Oates’ Latest Novel, “The Accursed,” Has Fans Buzzing

  Cover photo courtesy HarperCollins Publishers Chances are, Joyce Carol Oates' latest work is unlike anything you've ever read before. "The Accursed" takes readers on a wild ride through Princeton, N.J., in the years 1905-1906, viewed through a host of characters who are all struggling with their own demons as the result of the Curse (always capitalized).   In the weeks leading up to the book's release, the Princeton University professor and Anisfield-Wolf jury member completed an interview with the Seattle Times in which she explored some of the themes in the book more in depth. Oates began writing the novel in the 80s and left it alone for more than 20 years while pursuing other projects. She came back to it a few years ago and emerged with a novel some are calling Oates... Read More →

In A Disaster, Do People Need Books As Much As They Need Other Supplies?

Several Nobel laureates, Libraries Without Borders and dozens of authors believe so. They are petitioning for books to be considered crucial in disaster relief. Among those who have signed the petition are Anisfield-Wolf winners Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, Joyce Carol Oates and Edwidge Danticat. Patrick Weil, chairman of Libraries Without Borders, says they are urging the UN to consider "nourishment of the mind" a fundamental resource in disaster relief. This first came about after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, when the organization was contacted about rebuilding a destroyed library.  Weil said:  "The first priority is life, but when life is secure, what can people do if they are staying in a camp? They cannot do anything, and they can become depressed. Once life is secured... Read More →

ADVICE FROM THE WINNERS: Writing Realistic Characters

Anisfield-Wolf jury member Joyce Carol Oates explains how writers can get in touch with the core of their characters, using examples from her book, The Gravedigger's Daughter. "If you allow your people to talk, they will express themselves in a way that the writer might not have thought of," she says. "I give my students an assignment to create people talking to each other and my students say, "I don't know these people." I tell them, you have to listen." Check out the video above and let us know which characters from literature you most deeply resonated with.  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 →

Joyce Carol Oates To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From Oregon State University

Joyce Carol Oates We're so pleased to share this bit of good news about Anisfield-Wolf jury member Joyce Carol Oates! From Oregon State:  Joyce Carol Oates, celebrated author and National Book Award winner, will receive Oregon State University’s inaugural Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in May. The biennial award is given to a major American author who has created a body of critically acclaimed work and who has – in the tradition of creative writing at OSU – been a dedicated mentor to young writers. The honorarium for the award is $20,000, making the new Stone Prize one of the most substantial awards for lifetime literary achievement offered by any university in the country. The award will be presented to Oates at a special event at on Thursday, May 10, at thePortland Art... Read More →

76th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize Winners Announced

CLEVELAND, Ohio (April 12, 2011) – The Cleveland Foundation today announced the winners of the 76th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards www.Anisfield-Wolf.org They are: Nicole Krauss, Great House, Fiction Mary Helen Stefaniak, The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia, Fiction David Eltis/David Richardson, Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Nonfiction Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns, Nonfiction John Edgar Wideman, Lifetime Achievement “The 2011 Anisfield-Wolf winners are notable for the unique way each author addresses the complex issues of race and cultural diversity,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, who serves as jury... Read More →
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