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Nobel Prize for Literature

Why Bob Dylan's Controversial Nobel Prize Makes Perfect Sense (And Spotlights Incisive Americana At A Crucial Moment)

William Bradley | Posted 10.16.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

I'm not really a Bob Dylan fan. He's not my favorite singer-songwriter. That's Joni Mitchell. I've only seen him twice in concert. And I've never met ...

A Rendezvous in Belarus

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.14.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

On November 8, the Nobel Prize for literature was bestowed on the Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich, aged 67. It was among the few instances in which the work of the laureate was focused outside the traditional areas of poetry, fiction, and drama.

The Oddly Bewitching Novels of Nobel Laureate Patrick Modiano

Olivier Berggruen | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Olivier Berggruen

Ever since I read Villa Triste in my late teens, I have been captivated by Patrick Modiano's forays into the shadowy atmosphere of ravaged memories that make up his novels. I am far from alone, since Modiano is somewhat of a cult figure in France, read by thousands.

Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Homeopathic Medicine

Dana Ullman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

Garcia Márquez has been a part of a long tradition of literary greats who were known to use and/or advocate for homeopathic medicine.

The Best Reactions To Alice Munro's Win

Posted 10.10.2013 | Women

When the news broke this morning that short-story author Alice Munro was the first Canadian and 13th woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature, Twit...

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Canadian author Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize In Literature on Thursday for "her finely tuned storytelling." The prize, awarded by the Royal...

Attention, Sweden: Tom Stoppard Deserves the Nobel Prize

Felipe Munhoz | Posted 06.12.2013 | Books
Felipe Munhoz

Don't forget Tom Stoppard. He's among the few masters; he's a unique mind, true genius. He deserves the Nobel Prize.

Philip Roth at 80: Tales Told Out of Schul

Robert Brustein | Posted 05.19.2013 | Books
Robert Brustein

I've known Phil now for almost all of his writing life, beginning in the sixties, when he used to eat a lot of dinners at the New York apartment of me and my late wife Norma. In fact, one of Phil's best comic turns was at my expense, and took place on Martha's Vineyard during one of his many visits there.

Can A Nobel Prize Boost Chinese Tourism?

Posted 10.19.2012 | Travel

The home town of Mo Yan, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize for literature, may be the next big tourist destination in China. Tourism officials ...

Who Will Win The Nobel Prize For Literature?

| Posted 09.18.2012 | Books

Written by Greg Zimmerman for Let it not be said that the folks at Ladbrokes don’t have a sense of humor. There, at the end of their...

Gabriel García Márquez 'Suffering From Dementia'?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.08.2012 | Books
Dorian de Wind

I am not what you would call a voracious reader. As a matter of fact, I am a slow, haphazard reader who sometimes has six or seven books half-started,...

Wislawa Szymborska, Nobel Poet: An Appreciation

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.23.2012 | Books
Carla Seaquist

What I prize most about Wislawa Szymborska is her readiness to confront the big classic themes -- life, death, history, war, reality, love -- and to do so with a voice that combines the fire of the Resistance with a proper humility.

Behind the Betting on the Nobel Prize for Literature

John Lundberg | Posted 12.09.2011 | Books
John Lundberg

The Nobel committee never releases its list of writers under consideration. So how does a website specializing in sports gambling determine -- from an increasingly global pool -- reasonable odds for winning the Nobel Prize?

The Winner Of The Nobel Prize For Literature 2011 Is...

Posted 12.06.2011 | Books

A cheer went up in the Swedish Academy as they announced that, for the first time since 1974, one of their fellow countrymen had been awarded the Nobe...

Announcement Of The Nobel Prize For Literature 2011 (LIVE UPDATES)

Posted 12.06.2011 | Books

Who will win? Who do you want to win? Why does everyone care so much? Follow our coverage here, and let us know your thoughts in the comments! You can...

13 Songs Bob Dylan Will Sing When He Doesn't Win The Nobel Prize

Posted 12.05.2011 | Books

The day before the official announcement, Bob Dylan was installed as UK betting company Ladbrokes' favorite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. ...

Who Is This Nobel Prize Frontrunner?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.04.2011 | Books

While a number of American dark horses appear on potential contenders for this year's Nobel Prize For Literature list, from DeLillo to Bob Dylan, the ...

WATCH: A Rare Look At Soviet-Era Political Cartoons

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Using rarely seen footage from the Russian State Film Archives, documentarian Kevin McNeer has produced a fascinating documentary about the late Soviet political cartoonist and propaganda artist Boris Efimov.

Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison: Remembering The Author On Her Special Day

Los Angeles Times | Carolyn Kellogg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Today is Toni Morrison's 80th birthday. Born in Ohio, educated at Howard University and Cornell, Morrison's writing career started in earnest with her...

Reading Naguib Mahfouz to Honor the People of Egypt

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

The Egypt we hope for now -- a new era of democracy and opportunity -- is one Mahfouz long dreamed of for his beloved country and would have been proud to chronicle in a new novel that he might have entitled Tahrir Square.

A Pearl: My Family's Life in China

Tom Matlack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Matlack

Tom Matlack celebrates the remarkable life of his great-aunt, Pearl Buck, the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Mario Vargas Llosa on the End of the Incan Empire at the Americas Society

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Vargas Llosa speaks about Barack Obama's Nobel Prize, the state of literature, inter-American relations and politics.