Archive for Awards

Biographies and Selected Poems of 2020 Nobel Laureate Louise Gluck

You can sample some of her work here and here. A 2015 interview can be read here; additional interviews as well as readings by her are also available.

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2020 Audubon Photography Winners

For an escape into color and glory, please go to this site where you will find stirring photos of birds in their various guises and habitats. Each entry has a “story behind” the work as well as a “bird lore” section. A wonderful respite from the daily news.

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2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools Announced

Find out what New Jersey schools made the list. There are numerous filters at the main site to drill down the among the 362 schools that won this award; you can also access all the winners since 1982.

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Short-Form 2019 Hugo Award Winners and Contenders & 2018 Short-Form Nebula Award Winners and Contenders Freely Available Online

Most of the works in the shorter categories such as “novelette” and “short story” are available for you to read online. The 2018 Nebula titles are here; the 2019 Hugo titles can be perused here. Enjoy.

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McNair Academic Named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School

McNair Academic High School in Jersey City, already an institution that figures prominently in “best schools” lists, has added another achievement – it has been named a National Blue Ribbon School.

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MacArthur “Genius” Awards Announced. How Many Are From New Jersey?

Come here and find out.

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All the 2018 Hugo Winners and Nominees for Best Novelette and Best Short Story Are Online

If you want to read those stories that won the Hugo in the above categories as well as the nominees presented at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon 76), then this is the place for you. The significance of this year’s proceedings is delineated here.

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2018 Pulitzer Prizes

The various categories are presented along with the winners and runners-up. For the shorter forms of writing (as well as photography and cartooning), links to the full works are given.

Here is the heartfelt speech from Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for their work on unmasking Harvey Weinstein.

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Senator John McCain’s Speech in Philadelphia

Here is an excerpt:

“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

A video of his full speech is here.

 

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The Newest “Genius” Grants Have Been Awarded

Each year, the MacArthur Foundation funds a select group of individuals with five-year grants to pursue their work. It is a truly diverse group, crossing all academic disciplines, and the recipients do NOT need to be academics in the sense of college/university professors. This year, the group includes a landscape architect, an historian, a psychologist and an anthropologist among others. Biographical information and a précis of their work is included in each entry. Over the years, almost 1000 awards have been made; come here to find out how many are from New Jersey.

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2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Their Full Text Works Online

These prizes were just announced and you have an opportunity to read the writings that garnered them their awards. Just click on the publication’s name, and you will have access to the award-winning pieces; the runner-ups as well have their articles online.

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The 2014 Word of the Year Is……Vape

At least that is what the editors of Oxford Dictionaries say. Here is the definition as well as the runners-up.

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Amazon’s Best Books of 2014

Just released, Amazon presents multiple lists of best books. Not only is there a “best book” list as selected by Amazon’s editors, but there are more than 20 categories of ‘best books” to peruse from art to teen/young adult; you also have access to previous compilations back to 2004. In addition, there are links to its book blog Omnivoracious and its author interview section. A lotta readin’ to do!

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2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners

For prize winners, their citations and biographies, other nominees, past winners, and additional links, please come here.

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2013 Pulitzer Prizes Announced

For all the awards, the citations, biographical information, and the runners-up, please come here.

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President Obama is TIME Person of the Year for 2012

Read all about it here. Photos, videos, the shortlist of nominees and links to previous POYs are also available.

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Best Books of the Year for 2012

Well, here we go!  Best NonFiction, Fiction, Case Books (Mysteries) of 2012 (Wall Street Journal);  Page Turners (The Economist); Best Books of 2012 (Financial Times);  Books of the Year 2012 (The Guardian); 100 Notable Books of 2012 (The New York Times);  Books of the Year 2012 (The Atlantic);   Best Books of the Year: Top 100 Picks for 2012 (Amazon); Best Books of 2012 (Barnes & Noble);  Best Books and Media of 2012 (Library Journal); Outstanding Academic Titles, 2012: Top 25 Books (Choice); Best Nonfiction of 2012 (Kirkus Reviews); Best Books 2012 (Publishers Weekly); and Top 10 of 2012 (Slate). There’s still time to go out and buy a book for someone, no matter the format. We’ll be spending our down time with OUR present (we know, we know, we’re not supposed to know) – Peter Brown’s Through the Eye of a Needle, along with several books of British naval fiction.

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2011 Nobel Prize Winners

Come here for the winners, bio-bibliographies,  and videos of the announcements. Past winners and various listings of them are found on this page.

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2011 Pulitzer Prizes Announced

The awards for journalism, letters, drama, and music have been announced. For the first category – journalism – links are provided to the winning stories. Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger won for feature writing; her series starts here.  For every winner, there is a biography, the citation, and the jury involved in each section.

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Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”

The special report is here. More biographical information on the co-founder and CEO of Facebook can be located at: The New York Times, Biography.com, the Wall Street Journal, 60 Minutes (interview), and Stanford (interview).

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