Neustadt in the News: December 2016

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Laureates

Gabriel García Márquez sent many of his books to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro to receive factual and grammatical notes before submitting them to his publisher.

The Chronicle of Social Change highlights how NSK laureate Katherine Paterson’s experiences as a foster parent influenced her book The Great Gilly Hopkins.

 

Jurors

Miguel Syjuco pens another op-ed for the New York Times, providing a firsthand look into what’s happening in the Philippines as thousands of young Filipinos protest the clandestine burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Cemetery of Heroes.

Guernica interviews Krys Lee about accidental activism, LA’s Koreatown, and why books about North Korea are unpopular in South Korea.

In the latest installment of Guernica’s Female Fighter Series, Valeria Luiselli shares the story of Sandra, a Colombian ex-combatant of the FARC waiting to see how her life would be redefined after the peace accords were signed.

The Seattle Times reviews Rabih Alameddine’s newest novel, The Angel of History.

A law professor and friend to Elie Wiesel, Menachem Rosensaft remembers the kindness and curiosity of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Neustadt juror in this Guardian article.

 

Finalists

Writer Don Paterson has taken on a new creative project outside the literary realm with a band he formed earlier this year.

Jacqueline Woodson describes her 2016 “Year in Reading” for the Millions. Her list includes many of the books she read to her eight-year-old, “anything Ann Patchett puts a pen to,” and more.