Tomorrow the 69th National Book Awards ceremony will be held, featuring the presentation of lifetime achievement awards to Isabel Allende and Doron Weber, as well as the announcement of the winners of each NBA category (Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction). Information on how to livestream the event can be found here.
Set in a village on the outskirts of Norway, Hanne Ørstavik’s Love tracks the lonesome paths a single mother and her young son take over the course of a single winter’s night.
I first came across Marguerite Duras during my first year of undergrad, in a comp lit course centering on global coming-of-age narratives dealing with trauma. The class was one of my favorites, and Duras was one of the first writers I came across in college whose work I actually enjoyed reading.
The books I’m reading over the weekend, all on the NBA shortlists, range from a collection of short stories set in Florida to a novella about a single mom who recently has moved to a quiet village in northern Norway.