The Latin American writer Gabriel García Márquez sadly passed away at the age of 87 last Thursday 17 April. The Nobel laureate was admitted to hospital following an infection, although he was released a short while after to his home in Mexico City. Best known for 100 Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, many authors have paid their respects to García Márquez.
Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction last week for her novel The Goldfinch. The novel is Tartt’s third, following the immense critical success of The Secret History (1992) and later The Little Friend (2002). The 11-year wait for this novel certainly paid off.
Charlotte Bronte’s birthday was celebrated on Monday 21 April with its very own Google doodle – an image of what looks like a woman fleeing an imposing manor house on the Yorkshire moors.
Nominees have now been announced for the 2014 Hugo Awards. The winners won’t be revealed until the award ceremony in August, but for now there’s a shortlist of stories to start reading. The Best Novel category for this Sci Fi prize includes the books Ancillary Justice, Neptune’s Brood, Parasite by Mira Grant, Warbound Book III and, in rather peculiar news, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (new posthumous books by Brandon Sanderson). The latter is being included after fan petitioning for the lengthy series to finally receive some critical acknowledgement. The Hugos will this year also consist of ‘Retro’ awards for 1939 publications, for instance T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone is up against Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Carson of Venus for Best Novel.
EL Doctorow has been honoured with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, which is awarded to U.S. authors for career-spanning work that masters the art of fiction writing in its ‘originality of thought and imagination’.
Finally, a literature-film cross-over: If I Stay – the popular YA novel about a teen girl faced with the decision to stay on earth or find peace by ‘moving on’ following a tragic car accident that has put her in a coma – now has a new movie trailer. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Mia.