Round-Up: National Poetry Month, Imre Kertész, and a PEN Award

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From tips to celebrating National Poetry Month to a winner announcement for a literary prize, here’s last week’s literary news:

  • Imre Kertész, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002, passed away last week at the age of 86. Kertész was a Hungarian author and Holocaust survivor whose novels were semi-autobiographical. At the time he was awarded the Nobel Prize, only two of his novels, Fateless and Kaddish for an Unborn Child, were published in English. Kertész was Hungary’s first winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • PEN America has announced that on May 16 they will be awarding Egyptian novelist and journalist Ahmed Naji with the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, “recognizing his struggle in the face of adversity for the right to freedom of expression.” Naji is currently serving a two-year prison sentence for “violating public modesty” after his book The Use of Life’s content “caused a reader to have “heart problems.”