The Making of a New Literary Award in Brooklyn

The landscape of literary awards can be an intriguing one to follow. They can point readers in the direction of books that they might enjoy. Seeking a great work of debut fiction? The PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize might be a good indicator of your next favorite read. Does work in translation catch your eye? Then the Man Booker International Prize might be an award whose shortlists and award winners are in your wheelhouse. I suspect that one of the reasons […]

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#tobyreads: Playing Catch-Up With Literary 2013

James McBride

Usually, this is the kind of thing I do when the Tournament of Books is announced: a frantic flailing to try to read as many acclaimed books from a given year as humanly possible. This year,I decided to get things underway a little early. Maybe James McBride is the reason: his The Good Lord Bird seems to be racking up award nominations right and left; given that Jason also had kind things to say about it over at Flavorwire, I figured […]

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