In this week’s edition, the winners of the 2021 Whiting Awards and the 2021 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award are announced; a new online book club called Fable launches; Paul Theroux offers insights into the writing life; BookExpo is now the US Book Show; and more.
2021 Whiting Awards Winners Announced
The 10 winners of the 36th Whiting Awards, each of which comes with a $50,000 prize, were announced on April 14 in a virtual ceremony. Awards are given annually to writers of drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry “to recognize excellence and promise in a spectrum of emerging talent, giving most winners their first chance to devote themselves full-time to their own writing, or to take bold new risks in their work.”
John Murillo’s Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry Named 2021 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Winner
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John Murillo’s Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (Four Way Books) won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, which recognizes the best new collection by a mid-career poet. At $100,000, it is the largest cash prize for a single book of poetry.
Paul Theroux on Writer’s Block and the Books He Loves to Reread
The legendary novelist shares some writing advice in this brief interview.
Hachette Book Group: 2-Percent Rise in Carbon Footprint
In a new environmental progress report issued by the Big 5 publisher, Hachette claims that paper accounts for 95 percent of its carbon footprint, with a two percent rise in 2020 attributed to increased demand for print books.
Digital ‘US Book Show’ Announces Panels for Late May
This new three-day virtual book show takes place May 25-27 now replaces the long-running but now canceled Book Expo. Early bird tickets are now on sale.
A New Platform Brings Silicon Valley to Book Clubs
Fable is a new platform for online book clubs that allows users to join clubs moderated by experts, authors, and influencers, or to start their own clubs. With an annual subscription price of $69, Fable allows readers to leave comments and share links and highlights with other readers, much like a social media platform, directly in the app, which also serves as an e-reader.
Here’s the shortlist for the 2021 Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize
“The Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural institute promoting the study of German culture and language announces its shortlist for the 2021 Helen & Kurt Wolff Translators Prize. Funded by the German government, the Translator’s Prize celebrates an outstanding literary translation from German into English published in the U.S. in the previous year; the winning translator wins $10,000.”