The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to celebrated Chinese writer Mo Yan, whose books include "Red Sorghum" and "The Garlic Ballads." Some more politically outspoken Chinese dissidents and intellectuals were critical of the choice, but the Nobel committee was quick to say the prize was awarded solely on literary merit. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown reports on the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious postgraduate writing program for elite writers and poets. The workshop celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Continue reading
Harvard University’s Houghton Library, a rare book and manuscript depository, has inherited nearly 170 boxes of John Updike’s papers, including rejected short stories, personal letters and revised and rewritten drafts.
Author Rick Moody has just published a new short story titled “Some Contemporary Characters.” But the delivery system was unusual: The story was “published” on a Twitter feed in serial tweets every 10 – 20 minutes over three days, with a few reported kinks in transmission.
A recipient of a 2009 MacArthur genius grant, Deborah Eisenberg has been publishing spare and elegant short fiction to national acclaim since the ’80s, winning the Rea Award for the Short Story in 2000, a Guggenheim fellowship and three O. Henry Awards.
In her new short story collection, “The Thing Around Your Neck,” Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie moves back and forth between two continents the way she has in real life.