Beinecke Library

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The Windham Campbell Literary Prizes Festival wrapped up at Yale University last week. Nine prizewinners from around the globe in drama, non-fiction, and fiction were surprised with the prestigious awards that grant them $150,000 each.

Courtesy Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The Windham-Campbell literary festival is going on in New Haven this week. Eight writers from around the globe are being honored, having been surprised with prestigious awards that grant them $150,000 each. Here are the voices of a few of them—John Vaillant, Aminatta Forna, and Nadeem Aslam—speaking about their prizewinning work:

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Yale University’s Beinecke library. It’s a world-renowned repository of rare books and manuscripts. WSHU’s Mark Herz toured the now-beloved library with its director, E. C. Shroeder. Schroeder said the modernist cube made up of large marble squares—and surrounded by gothic and neo-classical buildings—was once controversial.