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France Honors Joyce Carol Oates

Not to be outdone by Italy, France shows its respect for JCO with two new awards. The first is the Prix Bel Ami where JCO’s novel After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away wins in the young adult category. The second is the Lucien Barrière Literary Award given to Blonde, which will be awarded at the Deauville […]

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Italy Honors Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates attended La Milanesiana 2010 (a festival of literature, music, film, and science), where on July 8th she received the Premio Fernanda Pivano (Fernanda Pivano Award for American Literature). The award is given annually to an American author whose writing has brought outstanding contributions to society. The first award was given in 2009 to Erica Jong. The festival […]

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Blurred Genre: Two New Anthologies

Joyce Carol Oates will have new stories in two anthologies published this spring. Both are ostensibly “genre” anthologies, but appear to emphasize the blurriness of the lines usually drawn between genres. The Dark End of the Street: New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today’s Top Authors (edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan) questions the genre distinction by mixing mystery […]

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Joyce Carol Oates Returns to Lockport

Joyce Carol Oates Goes Home Again in Smithsonion.com. Writers, particularly novelists, are linked to place. It’s impossible to think of Charles Dickens and not to think of Dickens’ London; impossible to think of James Joyce and not to think of Joyce’s Dublin …. Over the years of what seems to me both a long and a swiftly passing lifetime, “home” […]

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9 Honey Brook Drive

I am no realtor, but I must question the wisdom of leaving out of this listing such significant facts as this home being inspiration for parts of Bellefleur and American Appetites: surely more concrete and salient data than the elusive jargon of “square footage” and “lots.”

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Joyce Carol Oates on JD Salinger

Joyce Carol Oates comments on the death of JD Salinger for the Guardian [link no longer available]: “Salinger’s great, obsessive theme was the moral rootlessness of contemporary American materialism and its corrosive effect upon precocious, highly sensitive children and adolescents whose religious yearnings were both esoteric (eastern, mystic) and sentimental (narcissistic, naively self-regarding).” Now, the world will eagerly await Salinger’s […]

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National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award

Joyce Carol Oates has won the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. JCO was an NBCC fiction finalist in 1992 for her novella Black Water; and a rare double-finalist in 2007 for both fiction (The Gravedigger’s Daughter) and autobiography (The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982). Previous recipients of the Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award have typically […]