Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad has been one of the most talked about books of the last year. Shortlisted for several awards and winner of the National Book Award it was even included in President Obama’s summer reading list of 2016.
And now The Underground Railroad has won maybe the most prestigious literary award of them all as Colson Whitehead is announced as the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
The Underground Railroad (US – UK) is a work of magical realism, reimagining American slavery in a style that has been compared to Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. Critical reactions of the book have been fantastic and the reviews have kept it at the top of the best sellers list since last Autumn.
Other notable literary winners this year are Lynn Nottage for her play Sweat, currently running on Broadway, Heather Thompson for History for her nonficton works Blood in the Water (US – UK), Hisham Matar for Biography for his book The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (US – UK), Tyehimba Jess for poetry for his second collection titled Olio (US – UK), and Matthew Desmond for General Nonfiction for his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (US – UK).
The National Book Awards is one of the oldest and most prestigious literary prizes known and each year honours winners in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature and this year also honoured Annie Proulx, and Richard Robinson, Chairman, President & CEO of Scholastic. Read More
Alys Conran was awarded with three prizes at the awards ceremony including the people’s choice winner. Pigeon is a tale of childhood, growing up and the complications that come with that, and while it’s set on a Welsh hillside, it’s likely to speak to people the world over. Read More
The YA Book Prize has been running in the UK and Ireland since 2014, and serves to champion the breadth and brilliance of Young Adult writing. The deadline is a couple of months away yet so authors have time to prepare! Read More
What is BBC 100 Women?
A survey in 26 different languages was set out and gained responses from women all over the world. Participants of 100 women were chosen to attend a conference in which they discussed challenges they faced in their daily lives. Since the first series they have covered topics such as education, healthcare, equal pay, genital mutilation, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.
Each annual series provides women with a platform to examine every day sexism they face and discuss how to improve the world. Women from all over the globe, and diverse fields of expertise, are included on the BBC 100 Women list. The list includes some celebrities, and many unknown heroic champions of women.