Fielding wins prize for comic fiction
Helen Fielding’s latest book about the misadventures of indomitable singleton Bridget Jones won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction on Thursday, gaining the writer rewards that include Champagne and a pig.
Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries was declared winner of the prize named in honour of novelist P.G. Wodehouse.
Fielding will receive a Gloucester Old Spot pig, a three-litre jeroboam of Champagne and a set of Wodehouse novels at the May 27 Hay Festival in Wales.
The author said she is “completely overjoyed to win the pig.”
Dynasty is returning to U.S. TV, nearly 30 years after the prime-time soap opera aired its last hair-pulling fight.
The rebooted drama will be one of four new series joining the CW’s schedule in the 2017-18 season. A Canadian broadcaster isn’t yet known.
The Dynasty remake will put a fresh twist on the show for a new generation of viewers and has the blessing of the original drama’s creators, Esther and Richard Alan Shapiro, said CW president Mark Pedowitz.
Bollywood star dies
Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo, the ever-smiling screen mother to some of India’s top actors, died Thursday. She was 59.
Condolences and tributes to the actress poured forth on Twitter, including from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Reema Lagoo was a versatile actor who left a big impact in the film & TV world. Her demise is saddening,” Modi tweeted.
Lagoo died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hospital.
Two short fiction collections by Jhumpa Lahiri have convinced prize judges that she’s a worthy recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.
Lahiri will receive $5,000 and will read at a December ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The selection committee praised her for “deep introspection” and “meticulous attention” to language. It cited her books Unaccustomed Earth and The Interpreter of Maladies, a debut book of stories for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000.
The Malamud prize is named for late author Bernard Malamud.
Screenwriter Helen Fielding arrives in London for last September’s world premiere of the film Bridget Jones’s Baby.