From George Saunders winning the Man Booker Prize to the T. S. Eliot Prize in poetry shortlist, here is the latest literary news:
George Saunders’s first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday. It is the second time in a row that the prize has gone to an American author. In an interview, according to the New York Times, “said he was encouraged that the judges had recognized such an unconventional novel.”
Richard Wilbur, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Poet Laureate from 1987-88, died last week in his nursing home in Belmont, Massachusetts at 96. Regarded as a “formalist,” Wilbur mastered meter and translation. Upon announcing that Wilbur would serve as Poet Laureate, according to the Chicago Tribune, Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin called him “a poet for all of us, whose elegant words brim with wit and paradox.”
Last Thursday, the T. S. Eliot Foundation announced the T.S. Eliot Prize shortlist. Judges Bill Herbert, James Lasdun and Helen Mort chose the list from a record 154 poetry collections submitted by various publishers. It includes poets such as Ocean Vuong, Tara Bergin, and Jacqueline Saphra. The winner of the 2017 Prize will be announced on January 15 and will receive $25,000.