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October 14, 2013 |
Oscar Hijuelos, a son of Cuban immigrants to the U.S. whose 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" made him the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died. He was 62. His death was confirmed by a spokesman for Gotham Books, which published Hijuelos' 2011 memoir, "Thoughts Without Cigarettes. " Hijuelos had a heart attack Saturday on a Manhattan tennis court, his agent, Jennifer Lyons, told the Associated Press. Though his success helped pave the way for other Latino writers, he never felt comfortable with an ethnic label.
October 13, 2013 |
Oscar Hijuelos, the author best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love," died Sunday, his publisher Gotham confirmed. Hijuelos was 62 and died in New York. The 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" told the story of two Cuban brothers who emigrated to New York to try to make it as musicians in the 1950s. When the book won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Hijuelos became the first Latino writer to be awarded that prize. The book was also made into 1992 film, "The Mambo Kings," starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best song.
October 2, 2013 |
Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph have been named the winners of the 6th Annual Steinberg Playwright Award, an annual theater honor organized by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The awards, which will be handed out at a ceremony in New York on Nov. 18, are intended to recognize young and mid-career playwrights. The winners receive a monetary prize of $50,000 each. Baker, whose play "Circle Mirror Transformation" had its local debut at South Coast Repertory in 2011, presented her most recent play, "The Flick," at the off-Broadway Playwrights Horizons in March.
September 25, 2013 |
When I lived in Britain, and in many subsequent visits there, I was always struck by the extensive coverage of the Booker Prize, an award for English-language fiction that is now known as the Man Booker Prize. No American newspaper, even the New York Times, ever lavished such attention on U.S. literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Inclusion even on the “shortlist" of finalists for the Booker meant a jump in sales and appearances on the BBC. What was strange about the Booker was that it purported to be international but excluded American novelists.
August 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and foreign policy advisor to President Obama, won confirmation Thursday as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations with a vote that completes the administration's foreign policy team for the second term. The outspoken former journalist and human rights advocate was confirmed by a vote of 87 to 10, far more support than critics had predicted after her high-profile career as an author and activist. "As a longtime champion of human rights and dignity, she will be a fierce advocate for universal rights, fundamental freedoms and U.S. national interests," Obama said in a statement.
July 22, 2013 |
Bruce Norris, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright of "Clybourne Park," opened his metaphysical drama "A Parallelogram" at the Mark Taper Forum on Sunday. The busy New York writer already has his eye on his next play, the politically themed "Domesticated," which begins performances at Lincoln Center in October. Producers of "Domesticated" announced on Sunday that Jeff Goldblum will star alongside the previously announced Laurie Metcalf. The play follows a political couple whose relationship is tested in the wake of a scandal.