And the Nobel Goes To…

The Nobel Committee has announced its pick for the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature, and the winner is Patrick Modiano. Not familiar with the French novelist? You’re not alone; Modiano’s celebrity is far more modest than that of fellow candidate Haruki Murakami, as well as last year’s winner, Alice Munro. Yet he is referred to by…

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Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison

Today, February 18, marks the 82nd birthday of Toni Morrison. Morrison was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her novel Beloved.  She is the United States’ only living literary Nobel Prize winner (awarded to her in 1993). Morrison was born  ‘Chloe Wofford’ to working class parents in 1931. She grew up in Lorain, Ohio…

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Mo Yan Wins the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature

This morning, the Nobel Prize for Literature was announced.  The committee has granted the prestigious award to 57-year Chinese  author Mo Yan. In its press release, the Nobel Committee says that Mo Yan was selected for his writing that merges “hallucinatory realism (with) folk tales, history and the contemporary.” The choice, though widely lauded, has its…

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A Nobel Gamble

Place your bets! Deliberations for who will win the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature will shortly be under way. With an impressive lineup of entries to choose from, there can be no surefire bet for who will take this coveted award. That’s because currently the odds are only at 5/1 for the win. Yes, not…

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2010 Nobel Prize in Literature

Congrats to Mario Vargas Llosa, who was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. It was announced this morning at a ceremony in Sweden. Considered one of Latin America’s greatest authors, the 74-year-old Llosa has penned numerous novels, plays, and essays. His most famous works are Conversation in the Cathedral and The Green House, both of…

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