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 prize will honour one work of fiction, or nonfiction that has been translated into English in the US, and begins at the 69th National Book Awards this November. Read More
Author and screenwriter Bridget Lawless created the Staunch book prize which will open to entries on February 22nd until April 15th 2018. Her wish is to change the overused trope of using violence against women as a plot device. The prize will be given to the best thriller novel in which no woman is raped, murdered, or beaten. Asking for something refreshing in the world of thriller fiction, her website states:
“As violence against women in fiction reaches a ridiculous high, the Staunch Book Prize invites thriller writers to keep us on the edge of our seats without resorting to the same old clichés – particularly female characters who are sexually assaulted (however ‘necessary to the plot’), or done away with (however ingeniously).”
The winner will be announced on the 25th of November to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.