Frederick Douglass biographer David W. Blight and debut novelist Tommy Orange are among this year’s winners of awards handed out by the Society of American Historians. The society announced Monday that Blight’s “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” which last month received the Pulitzer Prize, has won one of the most prestigious honors for historians, the Francis Parkman Prize. Previous winners of the Parkman, named for the 19th century historian, include Robert Caro, David McCullough and Eric Foner. Orange’s “There There,” the story of a Native American community in the Bay Area, won the SAH Prize for Historical Fiction. The Allan Nevins Prize for an outstanding doctoral dissertation was given to Jonathan Lande for “Disciplining Freedom: U.S. Army Slave Rebels and Emancipation in the Civil War.” Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or … [Read more...] about Yale historian wins Parkman Prize for Frederick Douglass bio
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A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has won a $5,000 award named for the late CIA director William E. Colby. Paul Scharre’s “Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War” is this year’s winner of the Colby prize, given annually since 1999 by Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Announced Tuesday, the award is presented for a work of fiction or non-fiction about military history, intelligence operations or international affairs. Scharre’s writings have appeared in The New York Times and Time magazine among other publications, and he has been a commentator for CNN, Fox News and the BBC. Runner-ups for the Colby award were former director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s “Facts and Fears” and Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow’s “War on Peace.” Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about War veteran Paul Scharre wins award for book ‘Army of None’
Hillel Italie, Ap National Writer Updated 1:15 pm PDT, Monday, April 15, 2019 FILE - In this April 8, 1975 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin performs during the 47th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Franklin is still getting R.E.S.P.E.C.T. after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, April 15, 2019, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on Aug. 16, 2018. less FILE - In this April 8, 1975 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin performs during the 47th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Franklin is still getting R.E.S.P.E.C.T. after death: The Queen of Soul ... more Photo: Anonymous, AP Photo: Anonymous, AP Image … [Read more...] about Pulitzers given to Aretha Franklin, author Richard Powers
Hillel Italie, Ap National Writer Updated 6:34 am PST, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 This combination of photos shows, from left, Pulitzer prize-winning author Edward P. Jones, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, author Suzan-Lori Parks, composer, singer, and performer Meredith Monk and poet-playwright Claudia Rankine, who are among the newest inductees into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. less This combination of photos shows, from left, Pulitzer prize-winning author Edward P. Jones, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, author Suzan-Lori Parks, composer, singer, and performer Meredith Monk and ... more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 This combination of photos shows, from left, Pulitzer prize-winning author Edward P. Jones, U.S. Poet … [Read more...] about Sedaris, Rankine among new arts academy inductees
By Martha Ross | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: November 28, 2018 at 11:38 am | UPDATED: November 28, 2018 at 11:58 am For his new adaptation of the classic Broadway and movie musical “West Side Story,” Steven Spielberg has landed a key collaborator: Berkeley resident Rita Moreno. Moreno, 86, won a best supporting actress Oscar playing Anita, the Puerto Rican girlfriend of the leader of the Sharks, a fictional 1950s gang battling it out with the Jets for territory on the streets of New York. Moreno has signed on as an executive producer for Spielberg’s new “dream” project, which begins filming next summer, according to reports. She also will have a role in the film as Valentina, a reworking of the sympathetic soda shop owner Doc in the original story. “Her Anita is one of the greatest musical performances ever filmed, and a personal favorite of mine,” Spielberg said in a statement to Deadline. “We created … [Read more...] about Even with Rita Moreno joining the cast, is a ‘West Side Story’ remake necessary?