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<b>Orange Peels Away </b><br><br><br>In a surprise announcement, the mobile company Orange has decided to withdraw sponsorship of the prize for women's fiction that has borne its name since the award's inception 17 years ago. The high-profile £30, 000 prize was set up to "celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from around the world" and is given annually to the best book by a woman written in English. Winners in the past have included Marilynne Robinson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett and Zadie Smith. Orange will now focus on film industry sponsorship. Kate Mosse, the award's co-founder and honorary director, remained upbeat about the prize's future. Speaking to the Guardian, she praised Orange's sponsorship of the prize, but said that while she was "very sad" not to be working with them anymore, "we're excited at the idea of taking the prize on for another 17 years, and working with a new sponsor to grow it".

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May 26, 2012


Orange Peels Away


In a surprise announcement, the mobile company Orange has decided to withdraw sponsorship of the prize for women's fiction that has borne its name since the award's inception 17 years ago. The high-profile £30, 000 prize was set up to "celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from around the world" and is given annually to the best book by a woman written in English. Winners in the past have included Marilynne Robinson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett and Zadie Smith. Orange will now focus on film industry sponsorship. Kate Mosse, the award's co-founder and honorary director, remained upbeat about the prize's future. Speaking to the Guardian, she praised Orange's sponsorship of the prize, but said that while she was "very sad" not to be working with them anymore, "we're excited at the idea of taking the prize on for another 17 years, and working with a new sponsor to grow it".

<br><b><br><br>Mozart mamas <br></b><br><br>Writer Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country and most recently Cutting for Stone, has written a piece in the Washington Post about his writing life. It includes an aside on parenting which today's hysterical parents might benefit from. Here's what Verghese wrote. "The current obsession for parents to be everything to their children, from purveyor of Mozart in utero to muse, coach, camp counselor and chauffeur to as many enriching activities as one can afford ultimately produces parents who accomplish too little at work. I wonder if it produces children who are more accomplished than the parents who had none of these things. (There, I said it. Someone must. ) Recently, someone asked my mother, who is in her 80s, how it was she nurtured her three sons' talents. (My older brother is a professor at MIT;my younger brother is a computer scientist at Google. ) She said: "I did nothing. I prayed. " Quite true. No writing camp or wilderness camp for me, and I am not complaining. I was happier constructing my own enrichment. My mum worked hard at her job and gave it her all, as did my dad. I saw and admired that. I offer the same example to my kids, if only because I was unable and uninspired to do the Little League, Webelo thing. "

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May 26, 2012





Mozart mamas


Writer Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country and most recently Cutting for Stone, has written a piece in the Washington Post about his writing life. It includes an aside on parenting which today's hysterical parents might benefit from. Here's what Verghese wrote. "The current obsession for parents to be everything to their children, from purveyor of Mozart in utero to muse, coach, camp counselor and chauffeur to as many enriching activities as one can afford ultimately produces parents who accomplish too little at work. I wonder if it produces children who are more accomplished than the parents who had none of these things. (There, I said it. Someone must. ) Recently, someone asked my mother, who is in her 80s, how it was she nurtured her three sons' talents. (My older brother is a professor at MIT;my younger brother is a computer scientist at Google. ) She said: "I did nothing. I prayed. " Quite true. No writing camp or wilderness camp for me, and I am not complaining. I was happier constructing my own enrichment. My mum worked hard at her job and gave it her all, as did my dad. I saw and admired that. I offer the same example to my kids, if only because I was unable and uninspired to do the Little League, Webelo thing. "

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