This year's prize winners have been announced! The recipient for Literature is Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. According to the Nobel Foundation committee, he is an "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization." A versatile and prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction, Le Clézio is French/Mauritian, and has lived and traveled all over the world. He is also a Lannan scholar* and lives in Albuquerque part of the year. Both his travels and his writing attest to a fascination with and love of the deserts of the world.
Be sure to get on the holds queue for his works! And yes, we have also placed orders for those books that are still available in print.
You can find the full list of this year's Laureates on the Nobel Prize website.
The connection between M. Le Clezio and Lannan Foundation is through Curbstone Press who published a Le Clezio novel, Wandering Star, in 2004 in their Lannan Translation Selections series. Curbstone Press is one of four presses that receive grant funds from Lannan to enable them to publish work that has not previously been translated into English. The kudos for recognizing Le Clezio's work go to Curbstone Press.
I hope you can clarify this and thanks,
Jo Chapman, Lannan Foundation
Le Clézio photo courtesy of Sagabardon