24 October 2019 - 25 Tishri 5780 - כ"ה תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
Author Joyce Carol Oates wins 2019 Jerusalem Prize E-mail

US author Joyce Carol Oates is the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Jerusalem Prize, within the framework of the Jerusalem International Book Forum.

Oates will receive the prize on 12 May from the Mayor of Jerusalem Moshe Lion during the opening ceremony of the Jerusalem International Book Forum, which will be held from 12 to 15 May. She will also take part in the International Writers Festival of Mishkenot Sha’ananim from 12 to 16 May.

Oates, born in 1938, is recognised as one of the leading and most important living writers in the US today. During her illustrious literary career, Oates has written many works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, essays and plays, and has won many prizes. Among her best-selling titles are We Were the Mulvaneys, a selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club; Blonde, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and The Accursed, a “gothic” exploration of racism in early20th-century America.

“I am deeply honored to be a recipient of this distinguished international literary award made to writers whose work deals with the freedom of the individual in society. In a world in which individual freedoms are under assault, the autonomy of the individual and the role of art in our lives is of great concern. The very identity of the individual self is a theme that has long preoccupied me as one whose background has been ‘marginal’ – rural, not prosperous, unallied with a specific religion or culture, born in an era when the term ‘feminist’ scarcely existed,” Oates said.

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