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May 2008
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The American Academy of Arts And Letters

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We are pleased to announce that the following Random House authors have been inducted into the The American Academy of Arts and Letters:

LITERATURE: Robert A. Caro·Joy Williams


The following Random House authors have received awards by the academcy in literature:
ACADEMY AWARDS IN LITERATURE ($7500 given to honor and encourage creative work): Dan Chiasson·Rikki Ducornet·Edith Grossman·Mona Simpson

KATHERINE ANNE PORTER AWARD IN LITERATURE ($20,000 to a prose writer for achievement and dedication): John Edgar Wideman

MILDRED AND HAROLD STRAUSS LIVINGS ($50,000 a year for 5 years to two writers to devote their time exclusively to writing): Madison Smartt Bell

MORTON DAUWEN ZABEL AWARD IN LITERATURE ($10,000 to a writer of progressive, original, and experimental tendencies): Ben Marcus

The American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of 250 architects, composers, artists, and writers. The honor of election is considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in the United States. The Academy's purpose is to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by identifying and encouraging individual artists. This is done by administering awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding stage readings and performances of new works, and purchasing works of art to be donated to museums.

2008 PEN Literary Award Recipients Announced

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Naeem Murr, author of The Perfect Man (Random House Trade Paperback), has been awarded a 2008 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, which celebrates exceptional books by writers of color published in the United States. Sponsored by the Open Book Program, this award also helps to insure that "those who are the custodians of language and literature are representative of the American people".

Knopf author Cynthia Ozick has been awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of a living author whose body of work, either written in or translated into English, represents achievement in a variety of literary genres and is of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation will also be honoring Ms. Ozick with the 2008 PEN/Malamud Award. This prize recognizes a body of work that demonstrates excellence in the art of short fiction.

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation recently awarded Kate Christensen with their 2008 award for Fiction for her novel The Great Man (Anchor).

Finalists include:
Julie Kavanagh, author of Nureyev: The Life (Pantheon Books), for the The PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography , which is a biennial prize of $10,000 given to a distinguished biography possessing notable literary merit.

Peter Constantine for the PEN Translation Prize for his translation from the Italian of The Essential Writings of Machiavelli by Niccolo Machiavelli (Modern Library).

Random House, Inc. Welcomes Other Press

Other Press is the publisher of outstanding works in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, as well as novels, short stories, poetry, and essays from the U.S. and around the world that represent literature at its best. They also publish books about the history of ideas, literary theory, philosophy, religion, politics, and human rights. Many of their publications explore the effects of globalization on postmodern society, and are informed by perspectives stemming from a variety of cultures.

Other Press books are available on this site and may also be viewed on the publisher's website:

Philip Zimbardo's The Lucifer Effect Wins William James Book Award

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The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (Random House Trade Paperbacks) was recently awarded the William James Book Award of the Society for General Psychology (Division 1 of the American Psychological Association). This award recognizes one work that "serves to integrate material across psychological subfields or to provide coherence to the diverse subject matter of psychology." It is the highest book honor of the APA.

In Brief
Dr. Charles Brenner, author of An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis (Anchor), died on May 22, 2008. The text, first published in 1955, became a standard reference in training programs and sold more than a million copies, becoming the best-selling text on psychoanalysis by someone other than Freud. Click here to see the full obituary in The New York Times.
The Nine (Doubleday) by Jeffrey Toobin has won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize is given annually to a book-length work of narrative nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern that exemplifies the literary grace, the commitment to serious research, and the social concern that characterized the distinguished work of the award's namesake. The Nine will be available in paperback this September from Anchor Books.
The Squandering of America by Robert Kuttner has been awarded the Sidney Hillman Book Award. Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has recognized journalists, writers and public figures whose work promotes social and economic justice. The awards reflect the vision and commitment of Hillman, president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (a predecessor union of UNITE HERE), whose tireless efforts to bring dignity and respect to working people left a lasting legacy for the American public.

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