The Man Booker, The Folio Prize, & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Emily Ramser

The literary world lost two greats recently. We would like to take a moment to remember both and their enormous contributions to literature.

RIP, Sheri Tepper

The  prolific and talented Sheri Tepper, science fiction novelist, passed away at the age of 87 on October 23. Tepper was well known for her almost 50 novels and for her 2015 World Fantasy Convention lifetime achievement award.

Lucia Perillo, MacArthur Winning Poet, Dies at 58

Lucia Perillo’s death was announced by her publisher Copper Canyon Press after she passed away on October 16 at her home in Olympia, Washington. Perillo’s highly regarded work includes Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones, as well as Inseminating the Elephant, nominated for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Folio Prize, Back for 2017, to Include Non-Fiction

The Folio Prize is set to return next year. In addition, it will also be expanding to include non-fiction. It was suspended for 2016 due to a loss in sponsorship. They have not, however, secured a full-scale corporate sponsor.

Speaking of awards both the Governor-General’s literary award and the Man Booker Prize were announced this week.

Madeleine Thien Wins G-G Fiction Award

Thein was awarded this year’s Governor-General’s literary award in English-language fiction for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing.

Novelist Paul Beatty Awarded Britain’s Man Booker Prize

Paul Beatty won the British literary award for his novel The Sellout. This is the first time the British prize has been awarded to an American author since it was opened up to non-UK writers three years ago.


Since it’s the spooky season of Halloween, everyone has been looking for the perfect costume. Of course, being the literature nerds we are here at Change Seven, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best literary costumes this year:

21 Literary Costumes For Hardcore Book-Lovers

10 Literary Puns You Can Dress Up For Halloween

9 Obscure Halloween Costumes From Literature

6 Literary Pun Costumes to Book For Halloween

Emily Ramser is an undergraduate studying English, Creative Writing, and Religion at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, and is expected to graduate in May of 2017. Some of her inspirations include Thornton Wilder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bhanu Kapil, Andrea Gibson, Gabriel Gudding, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Gail Simone, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Check out her black out poetry collectionI Forgot How to Write When They Diagnosed Me. You can find more of her work at her blog.

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