The Golden Man Booker Prize Winner Revealed!

Monday, July 9th, 2018

For the past 50 years, the Man Booker Prize has celebrated some of the best works of literature.  This year, a special prize--the Golden Man Booker--was created to celebrate a book that best exemplifies the first five decades of the prize.  After a panel of judges narrowed down the list to a top pick for each decade, the question was put to a public vote to select the best Man Booker Prize winner of the last half century. 

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The [Alternative] Nobel Prize for Literature

Friday, July 20th, 2018

With 2018's Nobel Prize for Literature on hold until next year, an alternative prize has been developed by a group of Swedish journalists, writers, and cultural figures.  The group has formed what they call the "New Academy" in protest of the scandal-riddled Swedish Academy that administers the Nobel Prize.  The members of the New Academy wrote that "We want to show people that serious cultural work does not have to occur in a context of coercive language, irregularities or abuse. The New Academy, whose members are extremely driven and knowledgeable individuals, will work according to the time plan of the traditional Swedish Academy."

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Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Visionary and volatile science fiction writer Harlan Ellison has died.

A prolific writer, Ellison produced thousands of works ranging from books to articles to reviews to screenplays.  He insisted that his work should be considered "fiction" or "speculative fiction" rather than science fiction, and was known for his contentious and provocative statements.  He reportedly once sent a dead gopher to a publisher and frequently called out film and television studios when their stories too closely resembled his own. 

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