April 17, 2018

James Forman Jr.

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. The New York Times and the New Yorker share the Public Service prize for their reporting on Harvey Weinstein, while the Washington Post won the Investigative Reporting category for their coverage of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Other winners include James Forman Jr.’s Locking Up Our Own, Frank Bidart’s Half-light, and Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

Danez Smith has won the inaugural Four Quartets Prize.

The Orchid Thief author Susan Orlean is working on a new book, Entertainment Weekly reports. The Library Book “reopens the case of the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire,” which destroyed over a million books, and weaves Orlean’s “life-long love of books and reading with the fascinating history of libraries and the sometimes-eccentric characters who run them . . . to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.The Library Book will be published by Simon & Schuster in October.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth are both being adapted into plays. The adaptation of ishiguro’s novel, set to premier early next year, is being produced by the Royal & Derngate Theater in Northampton, England, while Smith’s is being adapted by Kiln Theater in London and will debut in October.

At the New York Times, Robert Draper profiles Dan Scavino and attempts to figure out just how involved the White House social media director is in crafting Trump’s tweets. Officials told Draper that Scavino’s involvement was limited to transcribing what Trump dictated to him, and occasionally correcting his spelling. But according to two witnesses, one from the campaign trail and another inside the White House, “Scavino frequently supplied the litany of details in Trump’s tweets about, say, claims of Crooked Hillary’s various malfeasances or of the F.B.I.’s corrupt activity. ‘Fifty percent of the time, Trump is ripping these out himself, and 50 percent is going to Scavino,’ one of them told me.”

Tonight at Books are Magic in Brooklyn, Alexander Chee presents his new book of essays, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.

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