The 2013 Man Booker International Prize
went to Lydia Davis, best known as a short story writer—some just a single sentence long—but also a novelist and translator. There is a wealth of material by and about her online, and here are few favorites: Video of Davis reading some very short stories
, PennSound MP3 collection of readings, talks and interviews
, writer James Salter reads and discusses Davis' story Break It Down
, interview by Francine Prose
, Frieze Talks reading and interview
, video of reading followed by Q&A
, "A Position at the University
" and a a discussion about the story
, and finally, a number of links to her short stories: 1
. [Lydia Davis previously on MeFi]
posted by Kattullus
on May 29, 2013 -
Salman Rushdie is now officially
the Booker Prize's best-author. Rushdie's 1981 novel Midnight's Children
was named Thursday
as the greatest-ever winner of Britain's most prestigious literary award, in celebration of the prizes 40th anniversary. The only other time this award was given, on the 25th anniversary in 1993, Midnight's Children
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 10, 2008 -
In those days, he could do no wrong.
In the Sixties, he was the man who published Catch-22, Portnoy's Complaint and Hemingway's A Moveable Feast; he put John Lennon's doodles into cold print, launched the careers of John Fowles and Gabriel García Márquez, looked after Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut and later, in the early 1980s, was the godfatherly mentor of Amis fils
, Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan and Salman Rushdie. He was equally adept at commissioning inspired non-fictions such as The Naked Ape, Desmond Morris's zoological inspection of human behaviour.
profiles Tom Maschler, publisher
, founder of the Booker Prize.
posted by matteo
on Mar 17, 2005 -
The brouhaha that erupted in Britain
last month when it was learned that the prestigious Booker Prize might be opened to American writers by 2004, displays a British inferiority complex and underscores the remarkable persistence of preconceptions that Britain and the United States hold about each other. But it's about ideas and styles and even language being swapped and appropriated across the globe. It's about artists picking from a smorgasbord of techniques and influences to try to get a handle on an increasingly fragmented and cacophonous reality, and in doing so creating a new wave of writing that is richer for its multicultural mingling of styles and voices, its voracious mixing of the high and low, the cerebral and street-smart, the old and the new. Just like in MeFi.
posted by semmi
on Jun 14, 2002 -