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March 2007
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Haruki Murakami Wins Kiriyama Award

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Haruki Murakami's collection of short stories, Blind Willow, Weeping Woman, has been awarded the Kiriyama Prize. The award was announced March 27 by Pacific Rim Voices, a nonprofit organization "dedicated to celebrating literature that contributes to greater understanding of and among the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim and South Asia." Previous winners of the prize include Michael Ondaatje and Rohinton Mistry.

Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction Longlist Nominees Announced

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Several Random House titles have been nominated for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. One of the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary prizes, it is awarded annually for the best original full-length novel by a female author of any nationality, written in English and published in the UK in the preceding year. Longlist nominees for the awards are as follows:

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley
Afterwards by Rachel Seiffert
Digging to America by Anne Tyler

William Kittredge Wins Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Award

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William Kittredge, author of The Willow Field, has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Award. The award is presented annually to a living author with a substantial connection to the American West whose contribution to American letters deserves special recognition. Also announced at the same time were the finalists for the 27th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Random House nominees for the awards are as follows:

Biography:
The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler
Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide by Jeffrey Goldberg

Current Interest:
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Fiction:
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
A Million Nightingales by Susan Straight

History:
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

Science and Technology:
The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors by Ann Gibbons

In Brief
The Goldsmith Book Prize for best trade book has been awarded to Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff for The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation. The prize is awarded to the best academic and best trade books that seek to improve the quality of government or politics through an examination of press and politics in the formation of public policy.
Mary Gordon has won the $20,000 Story Prize for fiction for The Stories of Mary Gordon. Written over 30 years, the collection by Ms. Gordon, the Millicent C. McIntosh professor of English and chairwoman of the English department at Barnard College, includes 22 new and previously uncollected stories and 19 published in a 1987 volume, Temporary Shelter.

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