“The Master” Wins IMPAC/Hall US Poet Laureate/Talking with Granta’s Boss

June 14, 2006

Toibin Wins IMPAC for The Master
I didn't realize that Colm Toibin's The Master was in the running for the IMPAC. I'm glad he won. I love his novels, and The Master was a gem. He received a check for $125,000 and a Waterford crystal trophy. The judges said, The Master is “a powerful account of the hazards of putting the life of the mind before affairs of the heart…Its preoccupations are truth and the elusiveness of intimacy, and from such preoccupations emerge this patient, beautiful exposure of loss, and the price of the pursuit of perfection.” The shortlist also included Graceland by Chris Abani, Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam, Havoc, In Its Third Year by Ronan Bennett, The Closed Circle by Jonathan Coe, An Altered Light by Jens Christian Grondahl (translated by Anne Born), The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra (translated by John Cullen), Breaking the Tongue by Vyvyane Loh, Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini (translated by John Cullen), and The Logogryph by Thomas Wharton. Here's the Guardian's coverage.

Donald Hall The New Poet Laureate
Dinitia Smith of the New York Times broke the story that James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, will name Donald Hall as the nation's 14th poet laureate.

Talking with Granta's New Boss
Aida Edemariam talks with Sigrid Rausing, the new owner of Granta magazine and Granta Press. Edemariam writes: “If they expected her to be a hands-off, silent partner, however, they were mistaken. When she began with a controversial review of operations that resulted in the departure of the publishers of the magazine and book imprint respectively, the smiles of welcome, on some faces, froze a little.”


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