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ArtsBeat: Winners of Hefty New Literary Prizes Announced

James Salter - WC

Yale University announced on Monday the inaugural winners of the Windham Campbell Prizes, which are given to writers for outstanding achievement in fiction, nonfiction and drama. Nine prizes of $150,000 each are to be awarded to James Salter, Zoë Wicomb and Tom McCarthy in fiction; Jonny Steinberg, Adina Hoffman and Jeremy Scahill in nonfiction; and Naomi Wallace, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Tarell Alvin McCraney in drama.


'Far From the Tree' is a monumental work

Far from the Tree

This is a masterpiece of non-fiction, the culmination of a decade's worth of research and writing... The first thing you should know about Andrew Solomon's new book, Far From the Tree, is that it's a monumental work. This is a masterpiece of non-fiction, the culmination of a decade's worth of research and writing, and it should be required reading for psychologists, teachers, and above all, parents.


Books of The Times: ‘Bruce,’ a Springsteen Biography, by Peter Ames Carlin

The special claim of “Bruce” is that Bruce Springsteen has cooperated with a biographer for the first time in a quarter-century.


Roman Polanski's victim to tell all in memoir

Samantha Geimer is writing a memoir to claim a new identity beyond 'the girl' Roman Polanski was accused of raping.


Schwarzenegger: Shriver changed tune on recall run

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife, Maria Shriver, was told to "snap out of it" by her mother for her attempts to persuade him against running for California governor in 2003, a conversation that ultimately opened the door to his successful candidacy.


Books of The Times: ‘This Is How You Lose Her,’ by Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz’s story collection “This Is How You Lose Her” follows the developing life of the Dominican-American character Yunior, particularly his relations with women.


‘Winter of the World,’ by Ken Follett, Book 2 of ‘The Century Trilogy’

In 2010, Ken Follett published “Fall of Giants,” the opening movement of his vast, dauntingly ambitious “Century Trilogy.” In the course of that 1,000-page epic, Follett introduced readers to five families from a variety of countries — England, Wales, Russia, Germany, the United States — and used their lives to illuminate the events of the early 20th century. Those stories encompassed the struggle for women’s suffrage; the increasingly bitter relations between the working class and an entrenched aristocracy; the origins of the 1917 Russian Revolution; and, most centrally, the carnage of World War I, a catastrophic conflict that claimed more than 15 million lives.


SEAL book raises questions about bin Laden's death

No East Day

A firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the terror mastermind presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.


Book World: Literary transvestism in John Irving’s ‘In One Person’

John Irving’s new novel — his 13th — is about a bisexual man. The rest of the details you already know: the prep school setting, some wrestling, a missing father, a career as a popular novelist, a sojourn in Vienna and, of course, a weird sexual initiation.


Amanda Knox: Book prospects?

EW's conversations with agents and publishers suggest her prospects are strong; eager to read her story?


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