All month we’ve been celebrating our achievers and dreamers and doers and thinkers and creators that prove the old adage that life begins at 40. If you’ve missed any honorees, check out the list so far: 40 – 30: Lucy McBath, Anthony Lynn, Broderick Johnson and more  and 30 – 20: Chadwick Boseman, Kamala Harris, Regina King and more then […]

Arts & Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has her next two novels planned. On Wednesday, Scribner told The Associated Press that Ward will write an adult novel about an enslaved woman sent from the Carolinas to New Orleans. She will then work on her first novel for middle graders, a “magical adventure” […]

Entertainment News

NEW YORK (AP) — Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” a surreal and poetic novel about a struggling family in Mississippi, on Wednesday night won the National Book Award for fiction. It was the second time Ward received the fiction prize: She won in 2011 for “Salvage the Bones.” Masha Gessen’s “The Future is History: How […]

Uplifting News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An African-American novelist praised for her raw and powerful depictions of poor African-Americans confronting racial and economic inequalities in the rural South said Wednesday that winning a MacArthur fellowship gives her time and freedom. “I think those are the two most important gifts you can give to an artist,” Jesmyn Ward […]

Entertainment News

NEW YORK (AP) — Jesmyn Ward, Masha Gessen, and Frances Fitzgerald are among this year’s finalists for the National Book Awards. On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation announced short lists of five each in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, young people’s literature and poetry. Winners will be announced at a Manhattan dinner ceremony on Nov. […]

Entertainment News

NEW YORK (AP) — Jesmyn Ward’s ghostly “Sing, Unburied, Sing” and Mohsin Hamid’s acclaimed novel about refugees “Exit West” were among the finalists Tuesday for the fourth annual Kirkus Prize. Presented by the trade publication Kirkus Reviews, the prize includes six nominees each in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature. Winners for […]