Field­ing wins prize for comic fic­tion

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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 re­turns

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.

Lahiri hon­oured

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.

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