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November 2007
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Our 2007 National Book Award Winner

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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner (Doubleday) has been awarded the 2007 National Book Award for Non-fiction. Based on more than 50,000 documents and hundreds of interviews, and hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "truly extraordinary . . . the best book ever written on a case of espionage," this book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Weiner offers the first truly definitive history of the CIA.

Other NBA nominees included Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat (Alfred A. Knopf) and Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad (Alfred A. Knopf) for non-fiction, and Like You'd Understand, Anyway by Jim Shepard (Alfred A. Knopf) for fiction.

Also at the National Book Award ceremony, Knopf/Vintage author Joan Didion was given the 2007 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Norman Mailer Dies at Age 84

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Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Norman Mailer has died at the age of 84. Author of such contemporary classics as The Naked and the Dead, An American Dream, and The Executioner's Song, Mailer has left behind a tremendous legacy of fiction, non-fiction and essays. His most recently published work of fiction was the imaginative The Castle and the Forest. In October 2007, Random House published his highly personal, provocative and meditative work of dialogues On God: An Uncommon Conversation.

In Brief
Four Random House titles have been shortlisted for the 2007 Costa Book Awards (formerly the Whitbread Awards): Day by A.L. Kennedy and Death of a Murderer by Rupert Thomson were shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh and Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore were shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award. The winners will be announced January 3rd, and the 2007 Costa Book of the Year, from the five Category Award Winners, will be announced on January 22nd. The Costa Books Awards are one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the UK which recognizes writers based in the UK and Ireland.

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