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Most Diverse Booker Prize Finalists List Ever

Four debut novelists – Diane Cook, Avni Doshi, Douglas Stuart and Brandon Taylor – are up against the acclaimed Zimbabwean Tsitsi Dangarembga, and the Ethiopian-American Maaza Mengiste for the £50,000 award. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Brandon Taylor, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Maaza Mengiste, Diane Cook Avni Doshi Douglas Stuart

Writer Brandon Taylor On His Summer Reading Goals

This year, it’s all Freud. Why? The author of Real Life and Filthy Animals: “At the start of the year I read a lot of American mid-century critics, people like Lionel Trilling and Alfred Kazin. They kept talking about Freud. I realized I should read Freud because he’s had such an impact on contemporary literature. It had immediate dividends. I read the new Rachel Cusk novel, Second Place, and it was really Freudian to me.” – MSN (Boston Globe)
Tags: Art, Words, Freud, Rachel Cusk, Brandon Taylor, Lionel Trilling, Alfred Kazin, 06.25.21

Brandon Taylor On Escaping The ‘Hermetic Severity’ Of His Booker-Nominated First Novel

Taylor’s Real Life hit many “best of” lists for 2020, and a collection of loosely linked short stories comes out this month. “My most formative early reading was the Bible, which haunts me still, and the first author I loved was Pat Conroy, because the lyrical language of The Prince of Tides sounded so much like the Bible. I tried to imitate that intensity when I started writing, and then I was like, no; a lot of black writers get called raw and visceral because they write lyrically, and if I c...
Tags: Art, Words, Taylor, Pat Conroy, Brandon Taylor, 06.12.21

American Writers Dominate This Year’s Booker Prize List

The Booker list this year is dominated by books from American or U.S.-based authors, including “The Shadow King” by Ethiopia-born Maaza Mengiste, Diane Cook’s dystopian tale “The New Wilderness,” Avni Doshi’s India-set “Burnt Sugar” and Brandon Taylor’s campus novel “Real Life.” Only one British writer made the cut for the U.K.’s leading book prize. – Toronto Star (AP)
Tags: Art, India, Ethiopia, Words, Brandon Taylor, 09.16.20, Maaza Mengiste Diane Cook, Avni Doshi

A Black, Gay Writer Takes On The Traditional Campus Narrative

Brandon Taylor always felt that he had to choose between science and writing. “Throughout his undergraduate years at Auburn University at Montgomery and graduate school in Wisconsin … science often won. But when he received an acceptance letter from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he decided that, this time, writing would win. ‘I could survive not having science, but I couldn’t survive not having writing,’ he said.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Wisconsin, Words, Iowa Writers ' Workshop, Brandon Taylor, Auburn University at Montgomery, 02.10.20

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