2017 News of Note

September 6, 2017:
Ayad Akhtar and “Junk”

Read about how the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is “taking on Wall Street’s Church of Big Money” in a recent Sunday issue of The New York Times.


June 29, 2017:
Colson Whitehead Receives Carnegie Medal

At the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Colson Whitehead was honored with the ALA’s Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his novel THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.


June 26, 2017:
BEHOLD THE DREAMERS Chosen for Oprah’s Book Club

Imbolo Mbue’s novel was just announced as Oprah’s next pick for her Book Club…check out the website for a video clip.


May 17, 2017:
Article by Helen Macdonald Featured in The New York Times Magazine

In her recent piece in the magazine’s Health Issue, “What Animals Taught Me About Being Human,” Helen Macdonald shares some of her thoughts about what she has learned. “The various lives of creatures have led me to feel there might not be only one right way to express care, to feel allegiance, a love for place, a way of moving through the world.”

April 13, 2017:
Imbolo Mbue Novel Wins 2017 Pen/Faulkner Award

Congratulations to Imbolo Mbue, whose debut novel, BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, has won this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction.

April 10, 2017:
Colson Whitehead’s Novel Wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize

In exciting news, Colson Whitehead’s newest novel, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, has won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Check out the recent story in USA Today for more details.

April 7, 2017:
Sally Bedell Smith on CBS “This Morning”

Learn more about Sally Bedell Smith’s new biography, PRINCE CHARLES: THE PASSIONS AND PARADOXES OF AN IMPROBABLE LIFE, during her appearance on CBS “This Morning“.

March 28, 2017:
Kati Marton Presents Latest Book on Charlie Rose

Tune in to this video broadcast for more information about Kati Marton’s latest release, TRUE BELIEVER: STALIN’S LAST AMERICAN SPY.

March 20, 2017:
Colson Whitehead’s Novel to Debut as an Amazon Miniseries

Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, will be made into an Amazon miniseries by Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning movie, Moonlight.

January 25, 2017:
Boise State’s Reader’s Corner to Air Interview with SVWC 2017 Presenter Kati Marton
Host Bob Kustra’s interview with Kati Marton, author of True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy, will air at 6pm on Friday, January 27 and repeats at 11am on Sunday, January 29. Those in the Sun Valley area can tune in at 91.5 FM or you can listen to it here online.

January 17, 2017:
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations Announced

SVWC 2017 presenter Jane Mayer’s Dark Money has made the list of finalists for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction. Click HERE for more info about Mayer’s book and a complete list of nominations.

December 2, 2016:
The New York Times Announces “The 10 Best Books of 2016”

whitehead-coverSVWC 2017 presenters Jane Mayer and Colson Whitehead were among the authors recognized for their work on the NYT’s venerable annual list. Mayer’s Dark Money and Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad both made the cut. You can read more about their books and view the complete list HERE.

November 18, 2016:
Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad Wins 2016 National Book Award

whitehead-coverSVWC 2017 presenter Colson Whitehead’s book The Underground Railroad was announced as the 2016 National Book Award winner for Fiction. Check the National Book Foundation website for more information.