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VIDEO: Is Our Society Less Violent Than Any Other Time In History?

The events of the past few months have really been hard on the nation's psyche. An uptick in mass murders and violence seems to have everyone on edge and debating what everything really means. But our Anisfield-Wolf jury member Steven Pinker would argue that while current events are troubling and no less disturbing, we should know that life even a few hundred years ago would have been a lot different. In his latest book, The Better Angels Of Our Nature, Pinker discusses the peace that is seemingly invisible all around us. In a recent interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, Pinker explains that perception isn't always reality. "You turn on the news and it seems like there's nothing but bombings and shootings and stabbings," he says. "We're better and better at covering violence...If... 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 →

Why We’re Very Lucky To Have Henry Louis Gates Jr As Our Jury Chair

We know we highlighted him a few weeks ago, but is something to be said for a man who is so passionate, so prolific, so generous with his time, that he dedicates a significant portion of his time working with us here at Anisfield-Wolf as our jury chair. As he puts it, "Chairing the jury for the Anisfield Wolf Book Awards is one of the signal pleasures of my life. The thought that a poet—a white, female poet—had the foresight to endow a price to honor excellence and diversity, at the height of the Great Depression, is something of a miracle, isn’t it?" Gates himself is a 1989 Anisfield-Wolf award winner, for his work, The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers. In the midst of churning out impressive tomes on African American history (or as he would put it,... Read More →

VIDEO: Henry Louis Gates Jr. Sheds Light In “Finding Your Roots”

It's so often repeated that it has lost most of its meaning, but the old saying is true: "You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been." Anisfield-Wolf jury chair Skip Gates' latest PBS show, "Finding Your Roots" takes it one step further by connecting the past and the future. In the video above, he assists Newark mayor Cory Booker and Sen. John Lewis (1999 nonfiction winner) in exploring their past. Check out the video and let us know - what questions do you have about your past? What would you hope researchers could find out about your family?  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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →
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