June 28, 2009 |
"The world which is being pictured by the story writers of today . . . is, by and large, and vividly, this day's, this troubled minute's, world." So Wilbur Daniel Steele wrote in the introduction to the 1943 edition of "The O. Henry Prize Stories." Created 90 years ago as a memorial to the twist-as-ending master whose real name was William Sydney Porter, the idea was to spotlight 20 or so works each year while singling out a top three.
February 22, 2006 |
E.L. Doctorow's "The March," a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle prize, won the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced Tuesday. Doctorow, who won the 1990 PEN/Faulkner for "Billy Bathgate," will receive $15,000. Four runners-up will each receive $5,000: Karen Fisher for "A Sudden Country"; William Henry Lewis for "I Got Somebody in Staunton"; James Salter for "Last Night"; and Bruce Wagner for "The Chrysanthemum Palace."
December 8, 2002 |
It is a pleasure to recommend to readers a clutch of books published in the last year that we found exemplary. Any such list is subjective, even idiosyncratic, of course, since it is impossible to read every worthy book that beckons. We are nonetheless promiscuous readers whose greatest delight is to happen upon a story or subject we had no idea we were interested in but which, in the hands of a gifted and graceful author, proves compelling and unforgettable.
June 24, 2000 |
Seven months after immigrant Ha Jin's novel "Waiting" won the National Book Award in the United States, the official press here has broken its relative silence about the book by issuing a commentary so scathing that a local publisher has scrapped plans to translate the work into Chinese. Until now, scholars and China watchers have been puzzled by the lack of press here for "Waiting," a love story set in China during the 1960s and '70s.
December 30, 1999 |
Today * 7 p.m.: Like "Real World" for Y2K, MTV has taken it upon itself to squirrel six total strangers deep under Times Square in "The Bunker Project." Watch what happens when people stop being polite, and start being real, underground. http://mtv.com Friday * 6 p.m.: B.B. King and his Gibson "Lucille" belt out blues performances of hits such as "The Thrill is Gone" on his New Year's Eve special, from B.B. King's Blues Club on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. http://www.liveonthenet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2000
John P. Crossley, 70, director of USC's School of Religion, who specializes in 19th and 20th century theological ethics. I started reading in early grade school and the thing that turned me on to reading was my mother's taking me to the Oakland Public Library every week. I started out reading animal stories. In high school, I started reading serious novels. I read in study hall all the time. They were usually stories of people doing entrepreneurial things.
August 22, 2012 |
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced the finalists for its 2012 awards Wednesday. The prizes, which are awarded in fiction and nonfiction in conjunction with the Dayton Peace Prize, are given annually to work that "uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding. " Six finalists have been named in fiction and five in nonfiction. Michael Ondaatje, author of the Booker Prize-winning novel "The English Patient," which was adapted into the Oscar-winning film, is among the 2012 fiction finalists for his novel "The Cat's Table.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2000 |
Who else but a Chinese Communist Party ideological hack would pick a fight with an endlessly charming, even old-fashioned romantic novel? "Waiting" is the 1999 saga of red-star-crossed lovers struggling against the insanity of the Cultural Revolution. It touches the heart as a reminder of love's awesome power as well as its limitations. The author, Ha Jin, is much celebrated in the West these days.