Patchett writing book on women’s voting rights

Patchett writing book on women’s voting rights


Ann Patchett is working on a book that combines historical research, personal experience and political advocacy.

The author of such acclaimed novels as “Bel Canto” and “Commonwealth” plans a nonfiction release to honor the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

Publisher HarperCollins told The Associated Press recently the book is titled “Vote.” No publication date has been set, although the 100th anniversary of the amendment’s ratification is in 2020.

Jhumpa Lahiri wins Malamud Award for short-story excellence


Two short fiction collections by Jhumpa Lahiri have convinced prize judges that she’s a worthy recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.

Lahiri will receive $5,000 and will read at a December ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The award selection committee praised her for “deep introspection” and “meticulous attention” to language. It cited her books “Unaccustomed Earth” and “The Interpreter of Maladies,” a debut book of stories for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000.

She also has written the novels “The Lowland” and “The Namesake.”

The Malamud prize is named for late author Bernard Malamud.

Associated Press

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