Dayton Literary Peace Prizes, Neustadt banned books, and more

Friday, September 26, 2014

Neustadt in the News

This week was Banned Books Week, and all week long, we celebrated the Neustadt and NSK authors whose books have been banned and challenged around the world.

To this day, Rohinton Mistry’s novel Such a Long Journey has been banned from being taught at Mumbai University. In 2010, when the book was originally banned, students and faculty members burned hundreds of copies in protest of the book’s content.

NSK laureate Jacqueline Woodson recently spoke with NPR about her new memoir and how reading shaped her life as a child.

Lit Prizes

The Dayton Literary Peace Prizes were announced this week—Bob Shacochis’s The Woman Who Lost Her Soul won in fiction, and Karima Bennoune’s Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here won for nonfiction.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

In addition to Banned Books Week, we also celebrated National Punctuation Day on Wednesday. For those of us who have ever felt like one punctuation mark just wasn’t enough, here’s a list of creative punctuation marks that can help convey a range of mixed emotions.

Some of the world’s most beautiful languages are also some of the world’s most endangered. The five endangered languages on this list are perfect examples.