Nobel Prize in Literature Announced

Swedish Poet Tomas Transtromer was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature Thursday. Although he may not be familiar to many Americans, he was the subject of a 1986 Washington Post profile, and his work has been translated into more than 60 languages. The 80-year-old poet was called the “Ingmar Bergman of poetry” by president Jonathan Galassi of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.  Transtromer’s book of poems The Half-Finished Heaven is in the EPL collection, and his poetry is also included in Friends, You Drank Some Darkness (along with two other Swedish poets). Read more about him in this Washington Post article. Also check out this NYT article.

Laura, Reader’s Services

British Poetry Prize goes to Derek Walcott

The TS Eliot Prize for poetry by a writer from the UK has been awarded to Derek Walcott, who won the Nobel for literature in 1992. His work White Egrets won acclaim for being ” a moving, risk-taking and technically flawless book by a great poet,” according to the judges. It even includes two poems to Barack Obama!

Shira S.