Posted on April 19, 2024 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Catch up quick with the bookish news of the past few days ... or take a deeper dive into each story. Your choice!

  • The Young Lions Fiction Award finalists have been announced; they are Chain Gang All Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, House of Cotton by Monica Brashears, Pay As You Go by Eskor David Johnson, The Liberators by E. J. Koh, and Land of Milk and Honey by C. Pam Zhang (New York Public Library).

  • Poet Fady Joudah has won the Jackson Poetry Prize, worth  $100,000 (Poets & Writers).

  • Bradley Sides isn't promising any special insight or talent, but he does have predictions for this year's Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which will be revealed May 6 (Electric Literature).

  • Meanwhile, we're up to thirty-one authors and translators who have withdrawn their work from consideration for the 2024 PEN America awards, citing the group's "failure to protect" Palestinian writers in Gaza (The Guardian).

  • Poet Jorie Graham's work has inspired an instrumental work titled "Music for New Bodies" that will premiere in concert Saturday (The New York Times).

  • Kelly Jensen leads off her weekly book censorship update with a report on the disappearance of Google's news tab (Book Riot).

Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Awards, Poetry, Politics

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