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Literary Master Toni Morrison Passes Away

Toni Morrison, celebrated author of at least 30 books, has passed away, the BBC reports today.

 

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Morrison’s most famous novels include The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, and Beloved won both the Pulitzer Prize and The American Book Award in 1988. Morrison won more than 30 across her 40 year writing career, including the Nobel Prize for Literature, Commander of the Arts and Letters, Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, and honors from several prominent universities. Morrison is quoted, as well, on The National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

 

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Toni receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama, April of 2012 | Image via BBC News

 

Toni Morrison was a senior editor at Random House for 20 years before becoming a professor at Princeton, and held teaching positions at many prestigious universities, including Yale, Bard, and Rutgers.

Morrison’s death was confirmed by her family this morning, after a brief illness. She leaves behind a sorrowful family and a monumental legacy of massive contribution to the literary cannon. Toni’s words were an inspiration for women and people of color across the world.

Morrison was 88, and passed away peacefully in her sleep. She will be missed dearly.

 

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The Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features Youngest Ever Shortlist Nominee

The 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist was just announced celebrating six phenomenal authors around the world.

 

The authors included on the list derive from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The novels themselves are just as diverse, ranging from a lexicographer on the search to find her missing mother to a WW2 veteran with PTSD on the journey to find peace in a post-war paranoid America in a narrative that is reminiscent of a film noir. 

 

The shortlist was decided upon by a panel of five judges including philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, crime writer Val McDermid, cultural critic Leo Robson, feminist writer Jacqueline Rose, and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton. Appiah praised the novels as, “miracles of stylistic invention,” adding that the diverse novels share the exploration of pain in a fractured society but each offers glimpses of hope and triumph.

 

“These books speak very much to our moment, but we believe that they will endure,” he wrote.

 

The list also features the youngest ever Booker shortlisted nominee, Daisy Johnson, for her novel Everything Under

 

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The shortlisted novels are:

  

 

Milkman by Anna Burns (United Kingdom)

 

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canada)

 

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (United Kingdom)

 

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (United States of America)

 

The Overstory by Richard Powers (United States of America)

 

The Long Take by Robin Robertson (United Kingdom)

 

 

The winning novel included in the shortlist will be announced on October 16th. All six finalists will receive £2,500 each and a specially bound edition of their novel. The winner will receive an additional £50,000 and international recognition. 

 

 

Featured Image shows cover of Everything Under by Daisy Johnson Via Jonathan Cape imprint.

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Dylan Farrow Lands Huge Two-Part YA Book Deal After Bidding War

Dylan Farrow’s highly sought after YA book, Hush, is finally acquired after a huge bidding war between publishers. The New York Post reported that Hush was acquired by St. Martin’s Press who will be publishing the novel as part of a two-book deal.

 

The author previously turned down a $250,000 dollar bid by an unnamed agency, according to New York Post. It’s undisclosed how much St. Martin’s Press paid, but we’re guessing Farrow is cashing in at the bank.

 

In regards to the content of the novels, a spokeswoman for St. Martin’s said:

 

“The novels are set in a world where those in control of society have the magic to control and silence the truth.”

 

The novels will reportedly be published under Wednesday Books, a crossover coming-of-age imprint for young readers. Further details including a release date have yet to be announced.

 

Dylan Farrow is the daughter of actress Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen, and the sister of journalist Ronan Farrow. 

 

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Lin Manuel Miranda, Roxane Gay and Many More to Write for America Ferrera’s New Anthology

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star America Ferrera has gathered the ultimate group of writers and culture icons to write for her new anthology, American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures. The collection of essays is set to be released this fall from Simon and Schuster and will feature essays from prominent activists and immigrants including Uzo Aduba, Roxane Gay, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Kwan, and Aluli’i Carvalho just to name a few.  

 

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Ferrera has become an important political activist, fighting for the right of women, Latinx people, and immigrants, making her anthology timely. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the nonprofit Immigrants: We Get The Job Done Coalition, which provides legal support to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

 

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between cultures is set to be released September 25, 2018 and is now available for preorder

 

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George R. R. Martin Reveals New Information About “Winds of Winter” and Fans Are Shook

Following the news of HBO ordering a pilot episode of a prequel to Game of Thrones and fans are *shook*.

 

So is George R. R. Martin, apparently. 

 

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Martin took to his blog, Not A Blog, to dispel some rumors, set the record straight as to what the prequel will entail, and to remind readers that Winds of Winter is still coming. Most importantly, he reassured fans that he won’t be writing the pilot episode and possible eventual series, but only consulting, saying:

And yes, before you ask, work on Winds of Winter continues, and remains my top priority. It is ridiculous to think otherwise. If I wasn’t busy with Winds, don’t you think I’d be scripting one or more of these pilots myself?

 

Given that Martin has been saying he’s been focusing on nothing but Winds of Winter, the novel could be finished anytime between tomorrow morning to the end of time, there really is no telling. 

 

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Along with the updates around the Winds of Winter completion and release, Martin assured fans that none of the characters featured in the Game of Thrones series will be appearing in the prequel. According to him, the untitled prequel will be set ten thousand years before Game of Thrones, making it impossible for any of the characters to be relevant or possible in this series.

 

As with most Martin projects, the end result comes out a lot later than everyone expected. Taking into consideration that the prequel project has no director, location, cast, or even a title, the pilot episode probably won’t be out for a good, long while. 

 

Regardless of how long this new endeavor may take or what it will entail, fantasy and Martin fans rejoice. 

 

 

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