The Washington National Opera in D.C. presented their adaptation of “Proving Up” by Karen Russell (from her collection VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE). The Washington Post praised it as “a work for its time: Its subject, at bottom, is the promises politicians make to the American people, and the staggering human cost to those who don’t realize that their efforts go against their own self-interest.”
The film adaptation of Darcey Bell’s A SIMPLE FAVOR began filming in Toronto on Monday. The film is directed by Paul Feig and the studio is Lionsgate. Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Michael Golding have the major roles.
“SUBMISSION,“ adapted and directed by Richard Levine, will have its world premiere at the LA Film Festival on June 19, 2017. The cast includes Stanley Tucci, Addison Timlin, Kyra Sedgwick, and Janeane Garofalo.
Kevin Canty’s “God’s Work” has been selected for THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2017, edited by Meg Wolitzer. The story was originally published in The New Yorker, and the collection will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October.
An excerpt from Johanna Stoberock’s novel PIGS has been selected as runner up for the 2016 Calvino prize judged this year by Jonathan Lethem. This international prize honors two writers of outstanding pieces of fiction in the fabulist, experimentalist style of Italo Calvino.
THE NORTH WATER has been selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2016. The list includes five works of fiction and five works of nonfiction.
Ian McGuire’s novel, THE NORTH WATER, was longlisted for The Man Booker Prize. The prize aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. Past recipients include Marlon James, Hilary Mantel, Eleanor Catton, and Julian Barnes.
Lydia Davis was awarded the 2016 Zinklar Award at the second annual Blixen Ceremony in Copenhagen. The Zinklar Award is given to a Danish or foreign short story writer appointed by the Danish Writers Association, and Julian Barnes was the winner last year.
Brandon del Pozo has been awarded the Hayes Award granted by the Police Executive Research Forum for innovation and leadership in improving American policing as an “up-and-coming” law enforcement executive whose character, record of leadership, and commitment to better policing embody the ideals to which Gary Hayes was committed. Past recipients include Commissioner William Bratton (New York City) and Charles Ramsey (former Commissioner in Philadelphia and Chief in Washington, DC).
Jess Row receives a 2016 fellowship grant for fiction writing. Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.