Bookish News

Two Booker Prize Winners!

In a surprising turn of events this week, two winners were announced for the UK's Booker Prize.  The panel of judges disregarded rules stating that the prize must go to a single author, selecting instead both Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood.

Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Iconic author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88.

Best known for her works Song of Solomon, Beloved, and The Bluest Eye, Morrison came late to writing.  Her early aspirations included work in academia, but she found herself disenchanted with the race- and color-based hierarchies she found even within the lecture halls of Howard University, where she completed her undergraduate studies...


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Thank You, James Patterson!

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

For the past four years, bestselling author James Patterson has recognized the hard work and dedication of hundreds of booksellers at independent bookstores across the country with his Holiday Bonus program.  Nominated by customers, publishers, authors, and coworkers for their love and knowledge of books, these booksellers each received a gift ranging from $750 to $1,250. 

In previous years, a total of $250,000 has been distributed to deserving booksellers, including three right here at Brilliant Books!  This year...

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The Hugo Awards 2019

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), which is also responsible for administering them.  This week, the finalists in a whole range of categories, from Novel to Graphic Story, were announced!  Did your favorite Sci-Fi make the cut?

See the Finalists

W.S. Merwin (1927-2019)

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Pultizer Prize-winning poet W.S. (William Stanley) Merwin has passed away at the age of 91.

The author of more than 50 books, including poetry, prose, essays, and translations, Merwin was known both for his work and his activism.  He was first awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for his collection The Carrier of Ladders, but, in an act of protest against the Vietnam War, he refused the prize purse, requesting that it instead be donated to peace activism and draft resistance.  Merwin would later be awarded a second Pulitzer, as well as a National Book Award and other honors.

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Mary Oliver (1935-2019)

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Award-winning and much beloved poet Mary Oliver passed away this week.

Best known for her accessible writing style and attunement to nature, Oliver's work made her one of the most popular poets in the country.  Though she was not always critically acclaimed, her work nonetheless earned her both a Pulitzer Prize (in 1984 for her collection American Primitive) and a National Book Award (in 1992 for New and Selected Poems).

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