Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic and Steven Millhauser's We Others have both been selected as finalists for the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The winner, selected from five finalists, will receive a $15,000 award and will be announced on March 26th. Click here for a list of our previous winners.
President Barack Obama has announced the winners of the 2011 National Humanities Medals and among the recipients are Andrew Delbanco, a humanities professor at Columbia University and the author of Melville: His World and Work, Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of The Dictionary of Global Culture, and Amartya Sen, a Nobel Laureate in economics and the author of Development as Freedom.
According to a press release issued by The National Endowment for the Humanities the medals are given in recognition of "individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities."
Douglas Blackmon's Slavery by Another Name has been made into a new PBS documentary that will broadcast on February 13th at 9:00 p.m.(ET). Please click here for a look at the trailer and tune in on Monday to see Blackmon's Pulitzer Prize–winning work come to life.
Bettany Hughes, author of The Hemlock Cup, has been awarded the Norton Medlicott Award, given by the Historical Association "to those who have shown dedication and commitment to history through publication, passion, production and education." Bettany Hughes will be presented with the award at a ceremony on July 3, 2012 at Senate House, London, where she will also give the keynote talk.
Seven Random House authors have been announced as 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award finalists: Teju Cole's Open City and Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child in the fiction category; Amanda Foreman's A World on Fire, James Gleick's The Information, and Maya Jasanoff's Liberty's Exiles in the nonfiction category; Paul Hendrickson's Hemingway's Boat in the biography category; Jonathan Lethem's The Ecstasy of Influence in the criticism category. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manhattan on March 10th, 2012. Click here for a full list of NBCC finalists go to.