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9:15 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Eight Writers Awarded Prestigous Windham Campbell Literary Prizes At Yale

Left to right: Sam Holcroft, Nadeem Aslam, Noelle Janaczewska, Jim Crace, Kia Corthron, Aminatta Forna, Pankaj Mishra, John Vaillant
Credit 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:

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Why the "dropped stitch" reveals, intrigues
10:13 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Dani Shapiro on the "perils and pleasures" of creating

Novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro. She says what keeps us alive, and able to create, is what choreographer Martha Graham called "a queer divine dissatisfaction."
Credit Kate Uhry

All of us may love when a feeling of inspiration infuses our work. Best-selling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro looks back on 20 years of facing the blank page—and teaching others about her craft—and says she's learned that for us all it's really about showing up, and following a trail of "breadcrumbs through a forest," as it were.

WSHU's Mark Herz talks to Shapiro about her latest book, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life.

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The case for protecting writers
2:29 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Commentary: The indispensability of writers forgotten in Amazon-Hachette battle

Roxana Robinson is a novelist and the president of the Authors Guild. She lives in New York City and Cornwall, Connecticut. Her newest novel is 'Sparta.'
Credit ©2010 David Ignaszewski / Koboy

The giant online marketer Amazon and the international publisher Hachette  are fighting over the book business. But writers—the people who make books, may not get much of that fight.

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After miraculous innovation, tragic loss
9:50 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

New book details the triumphs and hubris of Wright brothers

The Wright brothers live in our minds as American icons . . . and what do we really know about them?

Long Island author Lawrence Goldstone has written a new book about their genius and their missteps. They solved a problem that had stumped great minds for millenia, yet their secretiveness and obsession with their competitors—particularly the greatly innovative, and now little-known Glenn Curtiss—resigned them to be business has-beens.

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A "treasure box" at Yale
6:38 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Once controversial, now beloved: Yale's Beinecke Library celebrates 50 years

Six stories of rare books and manuscripts behind glass at Beinecke Library
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.

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