Posts Tagged ‘nobel prize’

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Nobel Prize-winning author in L.A.

October 29, 2009

Recipient of numerous literary awards, including the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature—the first Nobel Prize to be awarded to a Turkish citizen–author Orhan Pamuk is one of his native country’s most prominent novelists. The Robert Yik-Fong Tam Orhan Pamuk Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, where he teaches comparative literature and writing, his work has sold over seven million books in more than fifty languages.

Orhan will join internationally acclaimed writer and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside Reza Aslan in conversation Nov. 5, 8-10pm at The Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA CA 90012. Details: www.jaccc.org

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From the Horace’s arse: U.S. lit sucks

October 2, 2008

The last American writer to win a Nobel Prize for literature was Toni Morrison, in 1993. Why has it been so long since another has been honored? Perhaps Nobel Prize judge Horace Engdahl’s opinion on the quality of American literature will shed some light: “The US is too isolated, too insular. They don’t translate enough and don’t really participate in the big dialogue of literature,” he said. “That ignorance is restraining.”

Read the article here.

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