American writer Tom Reiss was awarded the prize for Biography for his book The Black Count on the life of Generale Alexandre Dumas, French-Caribbean military hero and father of novelist Alexandre Dumas père.
Adam Johnson was awarded the prize for Fiction for his North Korean-set novel The Orphan Master’s Son.
Photographs by Miriam Berkley (from National Book Critics Circles Readings and Awards, February 2013)
Hilary Mantel has won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for her novel Bring up the Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall, which won the prize in 2009. Mantel is the first woman and the first living British author to win the prestigious literary prize twice.
4 July is the 150th anniversary of when Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) first told the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to entertain Alice Liddell and her sisters on a boat trip in 1862.
He later wrote it down, and it was published in 1865 to become a classic children’s story. It was followed by the equally perplexing Through the Looking Glass.
The story was immediately accessible not only to children but also to adults. There are endless interpretations of what the book is really about, and of course the Freudians and Jungians had a field day with this story as did the the LSD users of the 1960s. It combines the whimsy of Victorian times with some quite startling episodes. The strangeness of the story continues to appeal to artists.
Lebrecht Authors has recently acquired a wonderful collection of images of the late American science fiction author Ray Bradbury‘s office at his home in Los Angeles.
Lebrecht photographer Wayne A. Munn was given the opportunity to photograph the place where Ray Bradbury worked and wrote many of his novels and short stories. All manner of fascinating objects, art and gifts adorned this work space. How did he manage to write with such an overflowing desk? Or perhaps this was his inspiration?
NORA EPHRON, American author, screenwriter and director has died aged 71. She was the author of romantic comedies and was a triple nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for three films: Silkwood, When Harry met Sally, and Sleepless in Seatle.
Her second husband was journalist Carl Bernstein who was involved in exposing Watergate while on the staff of The Washington Post. Nora Ephron was expecting her second son in 1979 when she found out that Bernstein was having an affair with their mutual friend, the married British politician Margaret Jay, daughter of JamesCallaghan, former British Prime Minister. These events inspired her to write the 1983 humorous novel Heartburn. Both of her parents were screenwriters and she was fond of quoting her mother who would always try and turn difficult situations around by saying “Everything is copy”. Nora Ephron did these supremely successfully.
75th anniversary of the death of Scottish dramatist and novelist who created ‘Peter Pan’. This was the result of his meeting the Llewelyn Davies family whose five sons inspired him in writing about a baby boy who had magical adventures in Kensington Gardens.
Lebrecht photographer Cathy Wester took this stunning photo of a feather quill pen created by Judy Cooper, with an exquisite ink well made in India on top of a Japanese calligraphy paper. The perfect writing equipment!
Check out more of Cathy’s work on the Lebrecht website at www.lebrecht.co.uk
We are excited to introduce one of our latest contributors at Lebrecht, Oscar Elias. With an extensive portfolio of international writers and creators, Elias has photographed some of the world’s most prominent authors.
His ever-increasing collection includes, Gustavo Duch, Joyce Carol Oates, Ricardo Bofill, Xavier Casinos, Sara Blaedel, Gunter Wallraff, Sergio Vila Sanjuán, Abraham Verghese, Antonio Ungar, Delphine Bertholon, Ahamed Liaquat, Gregorio León and Gioconda Belli.