Anne Korkeakivi writes about American literary fiction finding an audience in France. I asked Joyce Carol Oates about her avid French following. For me, the very sound of French spoken is musical, beautiful, subtly cadenced. Her involvement with French language began in high school; as an adult she has taught and published French literature. “This is my background for writing, and my relationship […]
What book had the greatest impact on you? What book made you want to write? Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass,” which my grandmother gave me when […]
Joyce Carol Oates reviews Zadie Smith’s NW in the New York Review of Books: In its assiduously detailed evocation of the multicultural neighborhood of Willesden, in northwestern London, where in […]
Joyce Carol Oates will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the PEN Center USA at their annual awards festival on October 22, 2012.
Joyce Carol Oates has won the 2012 Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement. The Mailer Prize, given by the Norman Mailer Center, is awarded to writers whose work over the years […]
Joyce Carol Oates on Gore Vidal’s Lincoln: Prodigious Gore Vidal … so kaleidoscopic in his interests, his energies and the remarkable range of his talents, the Vidal voice is as readily discernible in the comic masterpiece “Myra Breckinridge” as in the somber meditation upon mortality “Two Sisters,” as fully present in those critical essays in which, out of habit perhaps, […]
Joyce Carol Oates reviews Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin in the New York Review of Books: Is Dickens the greatest of English novelists? Few would contest that he is […]
My favorite prose on the subject [of walking] is Charles Dickens’s “Night Walks,” which he wrote some years after having suffered extreme insomnia that propelled him out into the London streets at night. Written with Dickens’s usual brilliance, this haunting essay seems to hint at more than its words reveal. He associates his terrible night restlessness with what he calls […]
Joyce Carol Oates will receive Oregon State University’s inaugural Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in May. The biennial award is given to a major American author who has created a body of critically acclaimed work and who has – in the tradition of creative writing at OSU – been a dedicated mentor to young writers. The honorarium for the award […]
Joyce Carol Oates’s story, Black Dahlia and White Rose, inspired by the video Game LA Noire. Full story at the UK Telegraph. BLACK DAHLIA & WHITE ROSE: Unofficial Investigation into […]
When Joyce Carol Oates introduced Stephen King to a Princeton audience in 1997, she noted that it’s commonly said that certain people need no introductions. But that, on the contrary, […]
President Obama awarded the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 20 honorees, including Joyce Carol Oates. The National Humanities Medal, inaugurated in 1997, honors individuals or […]
Joyce Carol Oates will be editing New Jersey Noir, a collection of original crime/ mystery/ psychological suspense stories set in New Jersey to be published by Akashic in their popular noir series.
Six years after her first available ebook, Joyce Carol Oates offers a new story published exclusively on the Kindle. Except that it’s not. “Spotted Hyenas: A Romance” is published by […]
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 […]
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 […]