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Salman Rushdie Awarded 2014 PEN/Pinter Prize

John Hollander

Salman Rushdie, acclaimed author of many books including Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, and Shalimar the Clown, has been awarded the 2014 PEN/Pinter Prize. This prize, established in memory of Nobel-Laureate playwright Harold Pinter, was given to Rushdie to honor his private acts of kindness and unrelenting fight for freedom of expression. Rushdie will accept his award at the British Library in London on October 9th, 2014.

Maya Angelou Passes Away at 86

Angelou

Maya Angelou passed away on Wednesday, May 28th at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86 years old. An award-winning poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director, Dr. Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. Her first book, the groundbreaking autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published in 1969 to critical acclaim and has become a core text in middle school, high school and college reading lists across the country. Dr. Angelou went on to write thirty-five more books, including volumes of poetry, essay collections, children's books, cookbooks, and six further memoirs. Click here to read her full obituary in The New York Times.

In Brief
Fouad Ajami, "often described as among the foremost scholars of the modern Arab and Islamic worlds" passed away on Sunday, June 22nd. Ajami rallied support for the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003, advised top policy makers in the Bush administration, and appeared regularly on CBS News, CNN, and PBS, where he provided commentary on Middle East affairs. Ajami was the author of several books, including The Dream Palace of the Arabs. His New York Times obituary can be read here.
Robert Harris has won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his latest novel An Officer And A Spy. Honoring Scott's achievements as one of the world's most influential novelists, the Walter Scott Prize is one of the UK's largest literary prizes.

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