Jesmyn Ward received the National Book Award in fiction for her recent novel Sing, Unburied, Sing. The award was announced at a ceremony in New York Nov. 15. The Tulane University creative writing professor joins William Faulkner, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, John Cheever and William Gaddis as a two-time winner in the fiction category. She is the first woman to win the fiction prize twice.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation gave a $1.2 million grant to Liberty's Kitchen, the nonprofit that assists New Orleans youth by offering them training and connecting them to jobs. According to a statement by Liberty's Kitchen, the Hilton grant will "support the organization's cornerstone workforce development programs over the next three years." Liberty's Kitchen was founded in 2008 and now operates a cafe and cafeteria and provides lunches for charter schools.
The Associated Press (AP) tweeted a link to a story about the New Orleans mayoral election titled "LaToya Cantrell Becomes New Orleans' 1st Woman Mayor" — with a photo of the losing candidate, Desiree Charbonnet. It remained through part of the following day, even as a Cantrell campaign representative contacted AP to correct the error. The tweet eventually was deleted, and AP ascribed the problem to a "glitch."