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May 2011
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Philip Roth Wins the Man Booker International Prize

Philip Roth

Chosen from a list of 13 writers, Philip Roth has been named the winner of the fourth Man Booker International Prize, given every two years to recognize achievement in fiction by an author whose work is widely published in English. The prize comes with a £60,000 award. A Man Booker press release calls Roth "a literary giant and one of the world's most prolific, celebrated—and controversial—writers." Roth's most recent novel, Nemesis, will be released in paperback by Vintage Books in October and many of his other novels are available in paperback here.

Drew Gilpin Faust Delivers Jefferson Lecture in Humanities

This Republic of Suffering

Drew Gilpin Faust, author of This Republic of Suffering, delivered her lecture, "Telling War Stories: Reflections of a Civil War Historian," at the National Endowment for the Humanities 40th Jefferson Lecture on Monday, May 2, 2011, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Jefferson Lecture carries a $10,000 honorarium and is the federal government's most prestigious honor for scholars in the humanities. Past Jefferson Lecturers include John Updike, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Bernard Bailyn, Toni Morrison, James McPherson, and Barbara Tuchman.

In Brief
Arthur Laurents, noted playwright, stage director, and screenwriter, has died at the age of 93. Perhaps best known for his work on the stage as a book writer (West Side Story, Gypsy) and director (Hallelujah, Baby!, La Cage Aux Folles) Laurents also had success as a Hollywood screenwriter (Rope, The Way We Were). In 2009 Laurents wrote Mainly on Directing, an intimate look at his life in the theater as a writer and director.

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