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Sissay wins 2019 PEN Pinter Prize

4 June 2019
In the UK, poet and playwright Lemn Sissay has been awarded the 2019 PEN Pinter Prize. Prize judge Maureen Freely said: ‘In his every work, Lemn Sissay returns to the underworld...

Turkish prosecutors put novelists under investigation

3 June 2019
Turkish prosecutors have launched investigations into the country’s fiction writers, including award-winning novelist Elif Shafak, reports the Guardian, with Shafak calling on the international community to support Turkish authors, journalists...

‘Normal People’ to be adapted for TV

31 May 2019
Sally Rooney's novel Normal People (Faber) is being adapted into a 12-part half-hour TV series, reports the Guardian. The series is being produced by Element Pictures (The Lobster, The Favourite, Room) in...

Wellcome Book Prize suspended after 10 years

23 May 2019
In the UK, the Wellcome Book Prize has been suspended after 10 years of being awarded, reports the Bookseller. Founded in 2009 by UK biomedical research charity the Wellcome Trust,...

Alharthi wins Man Booker International Prize 2019

22 May 2019
Omani writer Jokha Alharthi has won the 2019 Man Booker International Prize for her novel Celestial Bodies (trans by Marilyn Booth, Sandstone Press). Alharthi is the first winner from the Arabian...

Gunaratne wins 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize

17 May 2019
In the UK, British-Sri Lankan writer Guy Gunaratne has won the 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut novel In Our Mad and Furious City (Tinder). In Our Mad...

Edemariam awarded 2019 Ondaatje Prize

15 May 2019
In the UK, Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam has won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize for her memoir The Wife's Tale: A Personal History (Fourth Estate), which tells the...

Armitage named UK poet laureate

13 May 2019
English poet Simon Armitage has been named the UK's poet laureate, after Imtiaz Dharker turned down the position earlier this month. The Guardian reports that Armitage 'had no hesitation whatsoever about...

Dharker turns down British poet laureateship

7 May 2019
In the UK, poet Imtiaz Dharker has turned down the British poet laureateship, reports the Guardian. ‘I had to weigh the privacy I need to write poems against the demands...

Khaled Lutfi awarded 2019 Prix Voltaire

3 May 2019
The International Publishers Association (IPA) has awarded imprisoned publisher Khaled Lutfi the 2019 Prix Voltaire, which supports defenders of freedom to publish. Lutfi is the founder of Cairo-based Tanmia Bookshop...

Eaves wins 2019 Wellcome Prize for ‘Murmur’

2 May 2019
In the UK, Will Eaves’s novel Murmur (CB Editions) has won the £30,000 (A$55,820) Wellcome Book Prize, awarded to the best new work of fiction or nonfiction centred on medicine...

PRH US introduces reader loyalty program

23 April 2019
In the US, Penguin Random House has introduced a loyalty program for customers to earn points that can be redeemed for free books, reports Publishers Weekly. Readers can create a...