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2017 MacArthur Fellows

As widely noted, they've announced the 2017 MacArthur Fellows -- the US$625,000 "no-strings-attached award". As usual, there are a few writers in the crowd -- Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward, as well as playwright Annie Baker.

Two Freshly Minted Literary Geniuses Will Visit Seattle Soon

by Rich Smith (L-R) Look for Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward at a Benaroya Hall near you. John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation This morning the MacArthur Fellowship announced their new class of geniuses, each of whom receive...Show More Summary

Meet The 2017 Class Of MacArthur ‘Geniuses’

Author Jesmyn Ward, reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones and artist Trevor Paglen are among this year's fellows.

MacArthur Foundation Announces Its 2017 Class Of 'Geniuses'

Author Jesmyn Ward, reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones and artist Trevor Paglen number are among this year's group of 24 MacArthur Fellows.

MacArthur winner Jesmyn Ward writes socially conscious works set in the South

A breath away from giving up on writing, Jesmyn Ward was researching nursing programs when she received one of five Stanford Stegner fellowships in fiction in 2008. “I almost gave up,” she told The Times. Winning the Stegner “was amazing, like winning the lottery,” she said. And yet her accolades...

MacArthur winner Jesmyn Ward writes socially conscious works set in the South

A breath away from giving up on writing, Jesmyn Ward was researching nursing programs when she received one of five Stanford Stegner fellowships in fiction in 2008. “I almost gave up,” she told The Times. Winning the Stegner “was amazing, like winning the lottery,” she said. And yet her accolades...

Books: Nobel goes to Kazuo Ishiguro, the narrative legacy of Las Vegas, Jesmyn Ward and more

There was some good news in the land of books this week: The Nobel Prize in literature was announced. That’s always good news. THE BIG STORY The Nobel Prize in literature went to Kazuo Ishiguro. Among literary handicappers Ishiguro wasn’t even on the radar (people placing bets in England had Ngugi-wa...

Sing, Unburied, Sing Creates a Haunting and Lyrical Family Narrative

The American road novel is as classic as they come. For the characters in Jesmyn Ward's recent novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, which has been shortlisted for the National Book Award, the relationship between life and death on the road is...Show More Summary

Jesmyn Ward's 'Sing, Unburied, Sing’ is multivocal and haunting

Jesmyn Ward’s latest novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” is a multivocal book, switching voices from chapter to chapter. But its moral anchor is a young boy named JoJo, a biracial child in Mississippi who is essentially without parents and who, at the age of 13, will still begin his monologue by gravely...

New Sentences: New Sentences: From ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ by Jesmyn Ward

The first sentence of Ward’s latest novel is a classic opening line: instantly absorbing and just a little bit destabilizing.

Shorties (Jesmyn Ward Profiled, The Pedro the Lion Reunion, and more)

Literary Hub profiled author Jesmyn Ward. Pedro the Lion is reuniting. Vol. 1 Brooklyn shared an excerpt from Constance Squires' novel Live from Medicine Park. The Creative Independent interviewed drummer Greg Fox. The Critical Flame interviewed author Paul Lisicky. Ani...

Books News: Jesmyn Ward and Masha Gessen Among 2017 National Book Awards Finalists

David Grann, Min Jin Lee and Layli Long Soldier are also among the 20 finalists across four categories.

Here Are The Finalists For The 2017 National Book Awards

2 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

The National Book Foundation winnowed the list of contenders for its literary prize to just 20 — or five finalists each in four categories. Among them are Jesmyn Ward, Min Jin Lee and Frank Bidart.

Jesmyn Ward among finalists for National Book Awards

Jesmyn Ward, Masha Gessen and Frances Fitzgerald are among this year's finalists for the National Book Awards. On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation announced short lists of five each in … Click to Continue »

The Book Review Podcast: Jesmyn Ward on ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

Ward discusses her new novel; David Dobbs on five new books about Darwin; and Kristin Cashore talks about “Jane, Unlimited.”

Fiction: In ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ a Haunted Road Trip to Prison

Jesmyn Ward’s follow-up to “Salvage the Bones” tells the story of a woman intent on making her fractured family whole again.

Ward’s Mississippi Is Our Mississippi: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Capturing the Delta in harrowing detail, Ward takes readers on a journey from her own home of the Gulf Coast to the Mississippi State Penitentiary.

Traumatized Ghosts

There’s a strange temporal disjunction at the heart of Jesmyn Ward’s new novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing. On the one hand, its mother-son duo of protagonists, Leonie and her 13-year-old son, Jojo, speak almost entirely in the present tense,...Show More Summary

40 Nominees Unveiled For The 2017 National Book Awards

last monthNews : The Two-Way

Of the names announced by the National Book Foundation, four will take home the literary prize in November. Jesmyn Ward, Jennifer Egan and Frank Bidart number among the longlists' familiar faces.

Haunted by Ghosts: The Millions Interviews Jesmyn Ward

I’m always thinking about how black people survive. The post Haunted by Ghosts: The Millions Interviews Jesmyn Ward appeared first on The Millions.

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