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1978 Costa Winner

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Picture Palace by Paul Theroux

       
 

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World-famous photographer Maude Coffin Pratt has pointed her lens at the beautiful, obscure, and obscene, and at the private places and public parts of the famous, from Gertrude Stein to Graham Greene. When the seventy-year-old Maude rummages through her archives in preparation for a triumphant retrospective, the resurrected images unleash a flood of suppressed memories — of her extraordinary life, her celebrated subjects, and the dark, painful secret at the core of her existence.

 

 

 

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‘..with splendid self-assurance, Theroux has (Graham) Greene enter the fiction itself, and allows him to share his reflections upon the nature of art and reality with the central figure of the novel, seventy-year-old Maude Pratt…Picture Palace is Theroux’s least fussy, least self-conscious novel to date, with writing as open and clean as the white-painted houses and white-flannelled youth that filled Maude’s Cape Cod childhood. 

Elaine Feinstein, The Times 7th September 1976

 

 

 

About the author

Paul Theroux was born and raised in Medford, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a science major and intended to pursue a career in medicine, but his desire to travel and his passion to write derailed plans for a future Dr. Theroux. He is now married to a Hawaiian woman and they live in the woods on the North Shore of Oahu, among many birds and geese and bees, which form his apiary? Theroux is also a beekeeper. He spends summers on Cape Cod, not far from where he grew up.

 

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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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