July 7, 2011
The following high school students were awarded the 2011 St. Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience: Joseph Vellanikren, of Laurel, a student at St. Vincent Pallotti High School; Rebecca Dean, of Ellicott City, a student at Archbishop Spalding High School; Richard Wismer, of Ellicott City, a student at Mount St. Joseph High School; and Alexandra Cook, of Glenelg, a...
June 24, 2011
St. Vincent Pallotti student Joseph Vellanikren, of Laurel, is the 2011 recipient of the St. Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience. The award is given to high school juniors who are members of the National Honor Society, or their school's equivalent honors organization, and who take leadership roles in school or community service activities. St. Michael's College is a Catholic college in Burlington, Vt.
April 8, 2011
Jaimy Gordon says she was a student at Antioch College when John Updike's "The Centaur" taught her that a writer could use "outsized metaphors" and still wield "the power to keep people interested because they need to know what happens in a book. It's the most powerful tool for any writer of narrative fiction. Who in his or her right mind would relinquish it?" In 1964, Updike won the National Book Award for "The Centaur," his third novel. In 2010, Gordon won the National Book Award for her fourth novel, "Lord of Misrule.
March 30, 2011
Baltimore novelist Anne Tyler has been named a finalist for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize, a biennial literary award that carries with it a cash prize of more than $96,000. Tyler, 69, is one of 13 finalists for the prize, which is awarded every other year by the Australia-based Man Group. The prize of 60,000 British pounds is given for an author's body of work and continuing contributions to world fiction. Others on this year's nominees' list include Americans Marilynne Robinson and Philip Roth.
October 2, 2009
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Thursday the appointment of Stanley Plumly to be Maryland's ninth poet laureate, an honorary position that entails staging public readings around the state. Plumly, 70, founded the master of fine arts program in creative writing at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he's a professor. He is the author of nine books of poetry, including "Old Heart," which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Most recently, he wrote "Posthumous Keats," a "personal biography" of poet John Keats.
October 19, 2008
More than 200 publishers submitted 1,258 books for the 2008 National Book Awards. Here are the finalists, which were announced Wednesday. The winners will be announced Nov. 19. FICTION The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon Riverhead / 304 pages / $24.95 A young writer in Chicago goes in search of the answers to why a police chief killed an Eastern European immigrant a century ago. Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner Scribner / 336 pages / $25...