Literary awards

FILE - This April 12, 1977 file photo shows author Ernest Gaines who wrote "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," in his San Francisco home. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation town germinated the stories of black struggles that grew into universal stories of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Louisiana governor's office released word of his death on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo, File)
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November 05, 2019 - 6:11 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal tales of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which sponsors a literary award in Gaines' honor,...
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Bosnian women whose male family members, including sons and husbands, perished in the Srebrenica massacre hold placards as they protest outside Swedish embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Several dozen survivors of Bosnia's 1992-95 war staged a protest in Sarajevo to call on the Nobel Committee to reverse its decision to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature to Austria's Peter Handke. Placards read: 'to award Handke is equal awarding committed crime' and 'award for Hadke is award for Slobodan Milosevic'. Despite a U.N. court ruling to the contrary, Handke has persistently denied that genocide took place in Srebrenica. (Almir Razic/Fena Agency via AP)
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November 05, 2019 - 9:52 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian war survivors, including mothers who lost husbands and sons in the Srebrenica massacre, protested Tuesday in Sarajevo, urging the Nobel Committee to reverse its decision to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature to Austrian writer Peter Handke...
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Author Margaret Atwood holds her award after she was made a Companion of Honour by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, England, Friday Oct. 25, 2019. (Aaron Chown/PA Pool via AP)
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October 25, 2019 - 12:11 pm
LONDON (AP) — Shortly after winning her second Booker Prize, Margaret Atwood has received a rare honor from Queen Elizabeth II for her services to literature. The Canadian novelist and poet was presented with an Order of the Companions of Honor in a ceremony at Windsor Castle Friday. She said the...
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October 24, 2019 - 8:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's novel "The Nickel Boys" and Saeed Jones' memoir "How We Fight for Our Lives" are among the winners of the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor. On Thursday, Whitehead won in the fiction category for his narrative of a brutal boys academy in Florida. Jones' coming-of-age...
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Esther Duflo, left, and Abhijit Banerjee speak during a news conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Banerjee and Duflo, along with Harvard's Michael Kremer, were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics for pioneering new ways to alleviate global poverty. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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October 14, 2019 - 7:26 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research into what works and what doesn't in the fight to reduce global poverty. The award went to MIT's Abhijit...
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October 14, 2019 - 6:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal "The Anxiety of Influence" and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom's wife, Jeanne, said...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 file photo, Canadian author Margaret Atwood poses for a photograph during a press conference at the British Library to launch her new book 'The Testaments' in London. Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood is the bookies' favorite to win the coveted fiction trophy again for "The Testaments," her follow-up to dystopian saga "The Handmaid's Tale." Atwood is one of six finalists for the 50,000-pound ($63,000) prize, whose winner will be announced Monday Oct. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
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October 14, 2019 - 5:09 pm
LONDON (AP) — Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo split the Booker Prize on Monday, after the judging panel ripped up the rulebook and refused to name one winner for the prestigious fiction trophy. Chairman Peter Florence said the five judges simply couldn't...
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A May, 10, 2017 file photo of Sara Danius. Sara Danius, the first female head of the prestigious Swedish body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died. She was 57. Her family told Swedish news agency TT that Danius passed away early Saturday following a long illness. (Alexander Larsson Vierth/TT via AP)
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October 12, 2019 - 12:11 pm
HELSINKI (AP) — Sara Danius, the first woman to lead the Swedish institution that awards the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at age 57. Her family told Swedish news agency TT that Danius, a literary scholar, critic and author, passed away early Saturday following a long illness. Swedish media...
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October 12, 2019 - 6:59 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Sara Danius, the first female head of the prestigious Swedish body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died. She was 57. Her family told Swedish news agency TT that Danius passed away early Saturday following a long illness. Swedish media said she had breast cancer...
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Austrian author Peter Handke poses for a photo in his garden at his house in Chaville near Paris, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Handke was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature earlier Thursday. (AP Photo/Francois More)
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October 10, 2019 - 5:00 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prizes for literature were awarded Thursday to two writers enmeshed in Europe's social and political fault lines: a liberal Pole who has irked her country's conservative government and an Austrian accused by many liberals of being an apologist for Serbian war crimes. The rare...
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