What a week for literary prizes! We’ve rounded up not a few, but four different, major literary prize announcements for you this week: the Pulitzer Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Awards, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the Best Translated Book Awards. Happy reading!
Neustadt in the News
In what is now considered an infamous event, Aditya Thackeray stood outside the gates of the University of Mumbai to advocate the burning and banning of Rohinton Mistry’s novel Such a Long Journey. Now, Thackeray says all is forgiven.
This week marked the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, a tragic event that killed three and injured many more. In this Cognoscenti article, Czesław Miłosz’s experiences with tragedy are used to answer whether or not time can truly heal past wounds.
Though NSK laureate Naomi Shihab Nye wasn’t able to make the cut against Sappho, Elizabeth Bishop has made it into the Poetry Madness Sweet 16. Continue voting for your favorite poets to see who takes the title at the end of the month.
If you’re an advocate for or an author who has self-published, the Guardian wants to win you over with its monthly literary prize for self-published authors.
The IMPAC Dublin Awards, often considered among the most important lit prizes for works and authors in translation, revealed its shortlist candidates this week.
The Griffin Poetry Prize also announced this year’s shortlist, both for its Canadian and International prizes.
And of course, this week marked the announcement of the Pulitzer Prizes, the awards that honor talented writers and reporters for their bravery in the pursuit of truth.
Which books are considered the best translations? Ask the prize committees for this year’s Best Translated Book Awards, which this week announced finalists in poetry and fiction.
Fun Finds and Inspiration
Poem in Your Pocket Day is next week, April 24. If you’re in need of a poem to print or carry with you, check out our special Poems for your Pocket Pinterest board, with many poems from your favorite Neustadt laureates included.
Take this photographic tour of American libraries to celebrate the end of National Library Appreciation Week.