Round–Up: Nobel Prize in Literature, Sasquatch Books, and National Book Awards

From the Nobel Prize in Literature to Sasquatch Books, here’s the latest literary news:


Kazuo Ishiguro—a British novelist, screenwriter, and short-story writer born in Nagasaki, Japan—was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Throughout a career that spans some 35 years, Ishiguro has gained wide recognition for his stark, emotionally restrained prose with works like The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. In response to the award, Ishiguro said, “The world is in a very uncertain moment and I would hope all the Nobel Prizes would be a force for something positive.”


Seattle-based Sasquatch Books has been acquired by Penguin Random House, the international home to nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Sasquatch has been a distribution client of Penguin Random House Publisher Services for five years. PRHPS president, Jeff Abraham, will oversee Sasquatch, which will remain Seattle-based.


The National Book Foundation announced its shortlists, which reveal the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. The list notably combines established voices such as Frank Bidart and Frances FitzGerland with up-and-coming writers including Danez Smith and Carmen Maria Machado. This year’s winners will be announced on November 15 in New York City.