March 15, 2006

Grenville Wins Commonwealth
The Idea of PerfectionKate Grenville won the 10,000 pounds sterling and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for her historical novel The Secret River. This award comes five years after she her novel The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize for fiction. The Commonwealth’s best first novel prize went to Mark McWatt for his Suspended Sentences: Fictions of Atonement.

An Interview with Harold Pinter
Homecoming“I attended a rather exhilarating festival of my work given by the Dublin Gate Theatre last October for my 75th birthday. I was leaving Dublin the next day and..” That’s the beginning of Harold Pinter’s answer to a question from Michael Billington for The Guardian. Billington interviews the playwright who has won the Wilfred Owen prize, the Franz Kafka prize, the Nobel prize for literature, and recently the Europe Theatre prize.

The Anti-Travel Travel Writer
Sarah Crown, editor of Guaridan Unlimited Books, talked with Daniel Kalder, who wrote a book about his exploits in Russia’s “most mysterious ethnic republics.” The book is called Lost Cosmonaut.

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