Winners of 2024 Pulitzer Prizes Announced and Your Latest Festival News

Winners of 2024 Pulitzer Prizes Announced and Your Latest Festival News

Festival News


This year Bradford Literature Festival runs from 28 June to 7 July, and will see the return of annual favourites such as Poetry With A Punch, free Family Fun Days across both festival weekends, An Evening of Comedy, Lyrical Mehfil, plus Brontë and David Hockney events, plus an exciting line-up of new events for 2024. Full programme is due to launch mid-May. The annual Creative Economic Conference (CEC) will be held on 27 June. This highly anticipated all-day conference, hosted at the University of Bradford, is set to gather influential minds from the realms of business, politics, and the creative industries. More details will be announced soon.


The 2024 Auckland Writers Festival takes place at the Aotea Centre and select venues across the city from 14 to 19 May. As well as author talks, discussions debating the latest global issues, and masterclasses on everything from writing horror to crafting memoir, there’s a new emphasis on bringing literature to life in unique ways. Guests include Ann Patchett, Richard Flanagan, Paul Lynch, Abraham Verghese, and Becky Manawatu.


The European Writers’ Festival takes place on 18th and 19th May at the British Library. Special guest Andrey Kurkov is joined by renowned authors and poets from 30 European regions or countries, who will perform and discuss their latest works, and explore what brings us together.


Jaipur Literature Festival also returns to the British Library June 8 and 9, for a weekend of discussion, performance and music. Joining the line up are novelist Maggie O’Farrell, Comedian Nish Kumar, broadcaster Mishal Husain, historians William Dalrymple and Mary Beard, and Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan.



Publishing News


In the US, the winners of the 2024 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. The winners in the book categories included: Fiction – Night Watch by Jayne Anne Phillips; Nonfiction – A Day in the Life of Abed Salama by Nathan Thrall; Biography (joint winners) – King: The life of Martin Luther King by Jonathan Eig and Master Slave Husband Wife: An epic journey from slavery to freedom by Ilyon Woo, Memoir: Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice.




Simon & Schuster (S&S) has announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Netherlands publisher VBK (Veen Bosch & Keuning). ‘In the months since we became a standalone, independent publishing company, I have repeatedly stated that international publishing will be one of the key areas of growth for Simon & Schuster,’ said S&S CEO Jonathan Karp, in a memo to S&S staff announcing the acquisition. The largest publisher of adult and children’s general interest books in the Netherlands, VBK’s international authors include Nicci French, Colleen Hoover, Stephen King, Sally Rooney, Tatiana de Rosnay, Jeff Kinney, Rachel Renée Russell, Haruki Murakami, Colson Whitehead, and Glennon Doyle.


Aotearoa New Zealand writer Tracey Slaughter has won the 2024 Australian Book Review Calibre Essay Prize. Slaughter’s essay, ‘why your hair is long & your stories short’, was chosen by judges Amy Baillieu, Shannon Burns and Beejay Silcox from a shortlist of 11, which in turn were narrowed down from 567 entries from 28 countries. Slaughter is the first international  writer to win the nonfiction essay prize, which includes a cash prize of AUD$10,000. Judges described the winning essay as ‘the literary equivalent of a haircut—this piece is as sharp as good scissors, as evocative as it is incisive’.


The Guardian interviews Argentine author César Aira. He has published more than 100 novels, gives his work away, and his surrealist books have a massive cult following. Now Argentina’s favourite rule-breaker is tipped for the Nobel prize.


The coveted Book of the Year at the 2024 Australian Book Industry Awards was won by Thomas Mayo and Kerry O’Brien for The Voice to Parliament Handbook, published by Hardie Grant. Crafted during a pivotal moment in Australia’s political and cultural landscape, The Voice to Parliament Handbook was described as ‘an extraordinary publishing achievement, developed under intense time constraints, and bolstered by strong support from retailers’. The Voice to Parliament Handbook also won the Social Impact and General Fiction Book of the Year awards.

Margaret Atwood on censorship, literary feuds and Trump via The Guardian.

Zadie Smith on her new novel via France 24.

Scottish artist receives hundreds of copies of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four in the post. People around the world have sent the book, with their personal stories, to Edinburgh for an installation to mark its publication 75 years ago.


Shirley Conran, campaigner and ‘queen of the bonkbuster’, dies aged 91. Bestselling author of Lace and Superwomanturned her attention to helping people overcome anxiety about maths.




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