From the announcement of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners to Prince’s death, here’s last week’s literary news:
The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. Literary winners include The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen for Fiction, Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles for History, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan for Biography/Autobiography,Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian for Poetry, Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick for General Nonfiction, andHamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda for Drama.
The copyright infringement lawsuit against Google was brought to a halt last week after the Supreme Court denied The Authors Guild’s appeal. The appeal was brought to the Supreme Court in February after it was ruled that Google’s scanning of books “constituted ‘fair use’, and that ‘Google Books provide significant public benefits.’” The case has been in the courts since 2005. Following this ruling, The Authors Guild legal counsel, Jan Constantine, announced her resignation. The timing is not a coincidence: in a letter to guild council members, Constantine wrote, “It is only fitting that I take leave of the Authors Guild a week after the lawsuit was over.”
The beloved musician Prince passed away on Thursday, April 21 at the age of 57. Just one month ago fans received the news that Prince would be releasing a memoir in fall of 2017. Now, it’s uncertain whether the memoir, which held the working title The Beautiful Ones, will ever reach publication. Bustle noted that Prince was probably still “very much in the process of writing the memoir.” Random House has not yet commented on the status of the memoir, including whether there will be a posthumous release.