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October 28, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Japanese expatriate writer Kazuo Ishiguro won the 1989 Booker Prize, Britain's top literary award, for his novel The Remains of the Day, judges announced here Thursday. Judges praised the novel, a love story about a butler's English vacation, as "a cunningly structured and beautifully paced performance. " Other finalists this year on the so-called "short list" were Canadian Margaret Atwood for Cat's Eye, Irish author John Banville for Book of Evidence, Scotland's James Kelman for A Disaffection and English writers Sybille Bedford for Jigsaw and Rose Tremain for Restoration.
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October 17, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - British writer Hilary Mantel has won the prestigious Booker literary prize for a second time with her blood-soaked Tudor saga Bring Up the Bodies . Mantel, who took the £50,000 ($82,000) award in 2009 for Wolf Hall , is the first British author, and the first woman, to achieve a Booker double, joining double winners Peter Carey of Australia and J.M. Coetzee of South Africa. "You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize, and two come along at once," Mantel said as she accepted the award at London's medieval Guildhall on Tuesday night.
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October 16, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
A first-time author and former screenwriter has won Britain's most prestigious fiction award for a novel about the tragic consequences of the caste system on an Indian family in 1969. Publishers, gathered yesterday at the world's biggest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany, furiously rushed to order Indian writer Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, which has already been translated into 23 languages and has sold nearly 350,000 copies around the world. On Tuesday night in London, the book won for its 37-year-old author the 29th annual Booker Prize, which carries with it a cash award of $31,300.
NEWS
September 11, 2016 | By Lynn Rosen, For The Inquirer
Ian McEwan was ranked by the Times of London among the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. His novels, including Amsterdam , which won the 1998 Man Booker Prize, and Atonement , a 2001 novel made into a 2007 Oscar-winning movie, have attracted a large worldwide audience. McEwan visits the Free Library on Wednesday for a conversation about his new novel, Nutshell . The book is based on the story of Hamlet , told from the point of view of a fetus. McEwan talked about his new book and his writing life.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
British writer Nina Bawden, 87, who wrote children's classics including the World War II story Carrie's War, " died Wednesday at her London home, said her son Robert Bawden. The cause of death was not disclosed. Bawden wrote more than 40 novels for adults and children, including The Peppermint Pig, The Runaway Summer , and Carrie's War , which drew on her experience as a wartime evacuee from London. Her children's books won praise for their mix of incident-rich plots and realistic child's-eye views of the world.
LIVING
May 13, 1998 | By Shankar Vedantam, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Her face, framed by cascading locks of dark hair, adorns thousands of posters in bookstores around the world. Her novel is a best-seller. Her mantelpiece bears one of literature's most coveted awards: The Booker Prize. But back home in India, debutant author Arundhati Roy is at the center of a firestorm. Even though thousands of her countrymen buy her book and acclaim her achievement, many critics charge that the The God of Small Things panders to Western readers' stereotypes about the exotic East.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1997 | By Shankar Vedantam, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
There was a brief moment at the Golden Globes awards ceremony when the cameras focused on author Michael Ondaatje. As Gabriel Yared rose to accept the prize for best original score for The English Patient, Ondaatje was laughing, his head thrown back, happy wonder in his eyes. Later, as his sensuous novel-turned-movie was named best picture, director Anthony Minghella scanned the audience from the stage. "Michael Ondaatje," he yelled, jabbing the air with a thumbs-up. Few magical books become magical movies.
NEWS
September 26, 1999 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Courteney Cox has officially added Arquette to her name. "It's for real. It's on my Social Security card, everything. No hyphen," the Friends TV star said last week. "It feels, like, 'Wow, I'm changing my identity.' It was scary. It feels good, like I'm really committed. It feels better than not doing it. And it made him happy. " Cox married David Arquette on June 12. "Eventually I'll just go by Courteney Arquette," she said. "The reason why is because it was really important for David.
NEWS
January 9, 1994 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Start with the near magical name of Steven Spielberg, add a superb new movie, and what have you got? New life for an almost forgotten book. Schindler's List, by Australian Thomas Keneally, won the Booker Prize but then, like so many books, was overshadowed by newer discoveries. How fortunate that Spielberg's movie is bringing this amazing story back into focus. Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist during World War II, is said to have saved more Jews than any other person.
NEWS
November 28, 1993 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's not fair, I admit. It might even be cruel to judge the audio abridgment after you've already read the novel and proclaimed it one of your lifetime favorites. How could the pared-down version possibly come close to the original? Amazingly, the Random House recording of The English Patient (3 hours, $17), by Michael Ondaatje, does just that. Actor Michael York, who narrates, is ideal. His speaking voice has a hushed whisper about it. This captures perfectly the shimmering quality of the novel.
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September 11, 2016 | By Lynn Rosen, For The Inquirer
Ian McEwan was ranked by the Times of London among the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. His novels, including Amsterdam , which won the 1998 Man Booker Prize, and Atonement , a 2001 novel made into a 2007 Oscar-winning movie, have attracted a large worldwide audience. McEwan visits the Free Library on Wednesday for a conversation about his new novel, Nutshell . The book is based on the story of Hamlet , told from the point of view of a fetus. McEwan talked about his new book and his writing life.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - British writer Hilary Mantel has won the prestigious Booker literary prize for a second time with her blood-soaked Tudor saga Bring Up the Bodies . Mantel, who took the £50,000 ($82,000) award in 2009 for Wolf Hall , is the first British author, and the first woman, to achieve a Booker double, joining double winners Peter Carey of Australia and J.M. Coetzee of South Africa. "You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize, and two come along at once," Mantel said as she accepted the award at London's medieval Guildhall on Tuesday night.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
British writer Nina Bawden, 87, who wrote children's classics including the World War II story Carrie's War, " died Wednesday at her London home, said her son Robert Bawden. The cause of death was not disclosed. Bawden wrote more than 40 novels for adults and children, including The Peppermint Pig, The Runaway Summer , and Carrie's War , which drew on her experience as a wartime evacuee from London. Her children's books won praise for their mix of incident-rich plots and realistic child's-eye views of the world.
NEWS
June 26, 2011 | By Michael D. Schaffer and John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Summer's here, which means you actually may have a little time for reading. So what do you shove in the suitcase or overnight bag? Here are a few suggestions. Fiction By David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing, $25.99) In a departure from his usual thriller fare, Baldacci goes for heart tugging instead of heart pounding. Jack Armstrong is desperately ill and waiting to die when his wife unexpectedly dies first, leaving Jack and their three kids to cope, in a story of human resilience.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2011 | Associated Press
SYDNEY, Australia - Philip Roth, the American author of the 1960s cultural touchstone Portnoy's Complaint and more than two dozen other novels, was named Wednesday as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize for fiction. The $100,000 prize adds another accolade to Roth's five-decade career that includes a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and shows little sign of slowing. The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years to a living writer for overall contribution to fiction.
NEWS
June 6, 2010
By Peter Carey Alfred A. Knopf. 381 pp. $26.95 Reviewed by Kevin Grauke The year is 1830, and Andrew Jackson is the president of the still very young United States. A young French aristocrat has arrived to assess and report upon the American penal system. While touring the country and its prisons, however, he finds himself so captivated by both the institutions and the character of this new nation that he dedicates himself to capturing its essence for posterity. Sound familiar?
NEWS
April 16, 2006 | By John Freeman FOR THE INQUIRER
Two-time Booker Prize finalist David Mitchell loves to play with stories. Turn them inside out, accordion them, as if the laws of narrative physics didn't apply. With his latest novel, though, Mitchell takes this approach down to the molecular level. The deck being shuffled this go-around is not just any tale. It's Mitchell's own life. Sitting in a seaside restaurant in this coastal Irish town where he lives with his wife and two children, Mitchell talked about his novel Black Swan Green and why its main character, Jason Taylor, shares so many similarities with himself.
NEWS
October 11, 2005 | By Beth Gillin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Irish author John Banville was the surprise winner of the Man Booker Prize last night in London. Banville, former literary editor of the Irish Times and Aer Lingus worker, won for The Sea, a melancholy reminiscence about childhood narrated by an elderly alcoholic. The chairman of the judges, Professor John Sutherland, said the subject matter made it a "slit-your- throat novel. " But the judging panel called The Sea "a masterly study of grief, memory and love recollected. " Banville's fourteenth novel beat Julian Barnes' heavily favored Arthur and George, based on the life of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle, and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, a haunting tale of friendship among clones bred to be organ donors.
NEWS
January 30, 2003 | By Frank Wilson INQUIRER BOOK EDITOR
A.S. Byatt is hoping it doesn't snow here next week. The last time she visited Philadelphia, "there was a great snowstorm. I just sat in my hotel room and stared out the window. It was very beautiful. " But it also kept people home who might otherwise have come and heard her read. Byatt, best known for her 1990 novel Possession - an international best-seller that won her the Booker Prize - will be at the Free Library a week from today reading from her latest novel, A Whistling Woman.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2002 | By Karen Heller INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ian McEwan was long to English literature what Sam Peckinpah was to American film. His earlier novels caromed from one dark subject to another: incest, rape, sadism, stalking. Written in mannered, precise prose, the juxtaposition of style and subject makes these earlier works, including The Comfort of Strangers and The Child in Time, unsettling and indelible. It makes a reader wonder about the nightmares haunting the author's sleep. "I'm used to my imagination," he said, during a recent visit.
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