Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed From Book Award Over Racism Concerns

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed From Book Award Over Racism Concerns

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has removed famed author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from an award citing “expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC’s core values.”    Image Via Fox News   The ALSC decided to change the name on Saturday, changing it from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.   Image Via 105.7 News Crossville    Historically, Wilder’s work was met with racially conscious criticism during the author’s lifetime. The books themselves were not written with people of color in mind and are filled with phrases …

Kendrick Lamar Just Won a Pulitzer Prize and No One Saw it Coming

Kendrick Lamar Just Won a Pulitzer Prize and No One Saw it Coming

So it’s safe to say that after Beyonce’s Coachella performance, and the news that Kendrick Lamar has won a Pulitzer Prize, 2018 has been salvaged a little.   The first of its kind, Kendricks hip hop album DAMN won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. While the announcement of his win is a bit of a shock considering its the first album that has won that isn’t jazz or classical, it makes sense as Lamar has made a huge impact on hip hop, music, and culture since the release of his first album.   Image via Goodreads    Andrew Sean Greer’s 2017 …

UK Publishers Ask Man Booker Foundation to Uninvite Americans

UK Publishers Ask Man Booker Foundation to Uninvite Americans

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In 2014, the UK’s top literary prize, the Man Booker award, changed its rules. It had previously only nominated novels by authors from Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland. The rule change expanded nominations to include any English-language novel published in the UK.   This includes Americans, and therein lies the problem. In the four awards since the rule change, two Americans have won (George Saunders in 2017 for Lincoln in the Bardo, and Paul Beatty in 2016 for The Sellout). Richard Flanagan, an Australian, and Marlon James, a Jamaican, won the other two years.   Out of fear …

National Book Foundation Adds First New Award Category in Twenty-Two Years

National Book Foundation Adds First New Award Category in Twenty-Two Years

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The National Book Foundation has just announced a fifth National Book Award category: The National Book Award for Translated Literature. A new category hasn’t been added since 1996 when the foundation awarded the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature to Victor Martinez for Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida.   Because this marks a pretty major step for the National Book Foundation, a unanimous vote was needed from the Board of Directors. They got all the votes, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, David Steinberger, said in a statement “We could not be more pleased to take this …

NSFW: The Annual Bad Sex Award Nominees Have Been Announced

NSFW: The Annual Bad Sex Award Nominees Have Been Announced

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It’s that special time of year again, the season we spend all year anticipating. You guessed it! It’s time for the Bad Sex Award Nominees.   Different extracts from each of the selected works are available on different sites, so I have compared and contrasted to make sure the ones that feature in this article do their texts justice and prove beyond all reasonable doubt that they belong on a list such as this. Frank Brinkley of The Literary Review told The Guardian:   There’s plenty of sex around, but a lot of it is quite good. Maybe we are having an effect …