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Giving Nobel A Run for Its Money
Sunday, January 15, 2006  7:29:00 PM

by Carolyn HowardJohnson



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Literay Author Names Her Own Top Literay Prizes to Outstanding but (Mostly) Unsung Authors


 Columnist Awards the Noble (Not Nobel) Prize for Fourth Year

 

 

Columnist and Author


Takes on the Nobel Prize Committee


 

Praised or maligned, the Nobel Prize for Literature is always news. It selects the best from the world and therefore misses much of value. Carolyn Howard-Johnson, “Back to Literature” columnist for MyShelf.com, closes the gap (only slightly) with her an annual “Noble Prize for Literature.”

 

Over the last years the Nobel committee has recognized authors for their literary expertise but there has also been a trend toward awarding the prize for, as Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Tim Rutten says, “an author’s particular relevance to the moral moment in which the world finds itself.” 

 

Howard-Johnson’s prize therefore concentrates on books that address these same issues. For her Noble Prize (as opposed to the NOBEL prize), Howard-Johnson considers books written in English (which narrows the field of prospects considerably) because writers who write in English have been rather neglected over the years and because that is the language in which she is, ahem, reads well enough..

 

Howard-Johnson’s lists have included well-known authors who explore discrimination in their writing like Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison but she tries to concentrate on authors who have not been posted to bestseller lists or won major awards. Some past winners are LA's Leora G. Krygier and Randall Sylvis.

 

The winners for 2004 just announced in January's issue of Myshelf are: Los Angeles writers and UCLA instructors Christopher Meeks, Suzanne Lummis and Caroline Leavitt. Others are Kauzo Ishiguro, Leora Skolkin-Smith, Sean Wisley, and Jeannette Walls.

 

Howard Johnson is no stranger to literary prizes. Her first, "This is the Place, " won the Reviewers’ Choice Award after it was published in 2001 and went on to win 7 other awards. A chapter from the book was a finalist in the Masters’ Literary Award and another was selected for inclusion in The Copperfield Review. Her book of creative nonfiction, “Harkening,” has won three awards, her "Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't" was USA Book News' Best Professional Book of 2004 and her new book of poetry, "Tracings," was just named "Top 10 Reads for 2004" by The Compulsive Reader. She is also an instructor for UCLA Extension's renowned Writers' Program.

 

Learn more about Howard-Johnson at http://CarolynHowardJohnson.com.

 

Her "Back to Literature" column may be found at  http://myshelf.com/backtoliterature/column.htm .

 

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Sublime Planet, A Chapbook Celebrating the Planet and Universe





The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward--Winner 3 Awards

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The Frugal Book Promoter: Second Edition

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Blooming Red: Christmas Poems for the Rational

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Imagining the Future: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Apparitions

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Cherished Pulse--Give It to Someone You Love





This Is The Place, By Award-Winning Author Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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