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.
May 24, 2009 |
If Nobel laureate Toni Morrison edits a collection of famous writers on the subject of censorship and the power of the written word, wouldn't you expect a firecracker read? After all, what better lightning-rod topic exists for writers than the threat of shutting off their computers?
May 16, 1995
The 48th annual Cannes Film Festival opens its 11-day run on Wednesday with a jury chaired by the French actress Jeanne Moreau considering 24 films for the coveted Golden Palm. Although American and British films have been rare at the festival in recent years, they account for 10 of the movies in competition this year. And Disney, Columbia and Fox each have a film in the running.
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August 3, 2009 |
Stanley Middleton, 89, a prolific novelist who shared the prestigious Booker Prize in 1974, has died of cancer, his family said. Middleton died in Nottingham in central England on July 25, a week short of his 90th birthday. Nearly all of Middleton's 44 novels were based in Nottingham, though he often called it "Beechnall" in his writings. He was born Aug. 1, 1919, in Nottingham, earned his university degree in the city and taught English at High Pavement school from 1947 to 1981, heading the department for 23 years.
December 13, 2001 |
Describing a documentary's style as "talking heads" isn't usually a compliment. But in the case of "The Nobel: Visions of Our Century," the heads that do the talking are so distinguished that it's worth paying attention. The hourlong film (8 p.m., KCET) uses the occasion of the Nobels' 100th anniversary this year to explore some prominent prizewinners, their contributions and the sometimes double-edged nature of their achievements.
July 6, 1987 |
About 150 novelists, poets and playwrights Sunday launched the Congress of South African Writers, the country's first national movement of anti-apartheid authors. In a declaration after a two-day conference, the writers, including leading white author Nadine Gordimer, pledged their "total creative resources to advance the struggle for the creation of a non-racial, united and democratic South Africa." The group wants to set up workshops to foster writing, theater, music and painting.
March 2, 2004 |
Charlize Theron's Oscar win for best actress took her native South Africa by storm Monday, drawing adulation from fans who hailed the former farm girl as a role model for her Academy Award victory. President Thabo Mbeki led the country in extending congratulations to Theron, who left the small town of Benoni as a teenager to pursue her dream of stardom.
September 4, 1997 |
Welcome Msomi, 54, founding director of the South African Zulu Dance Theatre and Music Company, playwright, choreographer and director Look for: Five performances only, Oct. 2-5 at the Wiltern Theatre: "Umabatha--The Zulu Macbeth," Msomi's version of "Macbeth" set in early 19th century Africa, in which the Scottish thane becomes the warrior statesman Shaka Zulu. Filled with drama, traditional music and spear dancing, this production has won acclaim all over the world since its debut in 1971.