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On The Books: George Saunders wins Story Prize for 'Tenth of December'

This has been a good awards week for Texans. First Matthew McConaughey snagged the Best Actor Oscar and now Amarillo-native George Saunders has won the $20,000 Story Prize for his short-story collection Tenth of December. “George Saunders offers a vision and version of our world that takes into account the serious menace all around us without denying the absurd pleasures that punctuate life,” the judges said in a statement. The collection has been widely praised since its release in January of last year. The New York Times declared Tenth of December “the best book you’ll read this year.” Saunders was even listed as one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2013.  When he’s not writing, Saunders teaches creative writing at Syracuse University. You can read the title story on The New Yorker website here.

The year’s PEN/Faulker finalists for best fiction writing in 2013 are Daniel Alarcón for At Night We Walk in Circles; Percival Everett for Percival Everett by Virgil Russell; Karen Joy Fowler for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves; Joan Silber for Fools; and Valerie Trueblood for Search Party: Stories of Rescue. The West Coast must have really brought the heat to fiction writing this year: of the five nominees, three are from California and one is from Seattle. The winner of the $15,000 prize will be announced on April 2nd and the awards ceremony will be held at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC on May 10th.

The double Booker Prize-winner Hilary Mantel told The Telegraph that the stage adaptations of her bestselling novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies will get a run in London with the Royal Shakespearean Company. In the interview she also shared her thoughts on dumbing down your work for readers with a short attention span. “There’s no compromise in my books,” she says. “I always assume my readers are highly intelligent and will give a good quality of attention to books. I don’t talk down or patronise or condescend. If you get the reader to come with you, they will reward you. Speak in your own voice, write as well as you can. Don’t tailor your work to a perceived market. A reader quickly detects condescension.” [Telegraph]

Someone over at NPR put Hemingway’s first paragraph of The Sun Also Rises through the Hemingway App. The conclusion of the experiment was that even Hemingway can’t write as well as Hemingway. [NPR]

Animal Lovers Trigger Warning. Researchers over at the University of Pennsylvania discovered 16th century watercolor illustrations of rockets strapped to cats and doves. Come again? It’s as crazy as it sounds. The book is written by artillery master Franz Helm of Cologne and it’s “filled with strange and terrible imagery, from bombs packed with shrapnel to missile-like explosive devices studded with spikes.” His idea with the cats was that a soldier should “capture a cat from enemy territory, attach a bomb to its back, light the fuse, then hope it runs back home and starts a raging fire.” Helm is like a real life version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Fetchez la vache.

Women's Prize for Fiction longlist announced


The Women’s Prize for Fiction — formerly the Orange Prize before the telephone corporation withdrew its funding — has announced its 20 contenders out of 140 submissions. The wide-ranging longlist of female authors includes literary heavyweights like Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver as well as newcomers Shani Boianjiu and Francesca Segal. It includes Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, which EW named the best novel of 2012, as well as Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be?, which EW named one of the worst. See the full list below: READ FULL STORY

Author Hilary Mantel calls Kate Middleton a 'mannequin'


In case you hadn’t heard all the noise being made across the pond, author Hilary Mantel gave a lecture at the British Museum earlier this month, sponsored by the London Review of Books. In it, Mantel discusses the centuries-long fascination with royal families, royal women, and — specifically — a royal female’s ability to bear heirs.

At one point, she also describes Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and pregnant wife of the heir to the British throne, as a “shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own.”

It was the quote heard ‘round the empire. Mantel’s line, along with several other sound bites lifted from the talk, have become flash points in the larger, ever-ongoing debate about how anyone should talk about the royals.


And the Man Booker Prize goes to ...


Hilary Mantel has “done the double,” as British soccer fans say.

As of today, Mantel has become the first British author, and first woman, to win the Man Booker Prize for fiction twice. She won the 2012 Prize for Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to 2009’s Wolf Hall, which also earned her a Booker.

Only South African-born J.M. Coetzee and Australian author Peter Carey have won twice before.

Earlier this year, EW’s Rob Brunner wrote in a review of Bring Up the Bodies, “In Mantel’s hands, [Thomas] Cromwell’s cunning, morally complicated orchestration of that historic slice through the royal neck is as exciting as any thriller.”

In the run-up to today’s announcement, Mantel had been the odds-on favorite to win the award, along with Will Self for his modernist novel Umbrella. READ FULL STORY

Booker Prize announces six finalists

British writer Hilary Mantel was named one of six finalists for the prestigious Booker literary prize on Tuesday for Bring up the Bodies, a tale of politics and passion at the court of King Henry VIII. The novel is a sequel to Wolf Hall, which won the 50,000 pound ($82,000) prize in 2009. The books follow the king’s right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell, as he tries to keep his influence — and his head — in treacherous Tudor power circles.

Bookmakers immediately made Mantel one of the favorites to win the prize. Betting firm William Hill ranked her at 2/1, behind Umbrella, a century-spanning stream of consciousness by Britain’s Will Self.

The prize, which brings a big boost in publicity and sales for the winner, is open to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies. READ FULL STORY

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