Louise Glück, American Poet Wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature

Louise Glück, American Poet Wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature

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It was announced today, that Louise Glück is the recipient of this year’s literature Nobel Prize. She is only the 16th woman to win this honor and also the first American since Bob Dylan in 2016. She is professor at Yale University who teaches english and has published twelve collections of poetry, in addition to many essays on the topic of poetry. Her writing usually includes a look at childhood and family life. Glück isn’t new to winning prestigious prizes, however. Her collection The Wild Iris, won her a Pulitzer in 1992, she won another the very next year for “Firstborn”, The …

National Book Award Nominees of 2020

National Book Award Nominees of 2020

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The National Book Awards has released the names of its 2020 nominees, including two acclaimed debut novelists: Megha Majumdar and Douglas Stuart, both their fiction novels taking on serious cultural themes. Majumdar’s A Burning is about a Muslim girl trying to make it out of the slums and is accused of being linked to a terrorist attack on a train, and Stuart’s Shuggie Bain tells of the childhood of a young boy in 1980’s Scotland, growing up in the throws of poverty and drugs.       Other novelists included on this list include Rumaan Alam for his work Leave the …

Picture Book About a Trans-Child Wins A Major Award!

Picture Book About a Trans-Child Wins A Major Award!

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Today’s world can often seem extremely anti-LGBTQ, with society feeling oppressive toward people who fall outside the line of heterosexually. But there is still a lot of good news, especially with the recent news about the book called Julian Is a Mermaid.       The book is a children’s picture book that tells the story of a young boy called Julian who comes to terms with his queer identity, showcasing his attempts at dressing in woman’s clothing and how his nana reacts to his attempts to embrace his new identity. The author and illustrator Jessica Love, who was partly inspired by …