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January 2009
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In Memoriam: John Updike (1932-2009)

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John Updike, a leading writer of his generation whose descriptive and lyrical prose chronicled the drama of postwar small-town American life, died on Tuesday, January 27 at the age of 76.

He released more than 50 books with Alfred A. Knopf, including collections of short stories, poems, essays, and criticism in a prolific career that started in the 1950s. His novels have won almost every literary prize including two Pulitzer Prizes for Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit at Rest, and two National Book Awards. His final collection of stories, My Father's Tears and Other Stories, will be published by the Knopf-Doubleday Group in June 2009 and The Maples Stories, a re-issue published by Everyman's Library, will be available in August 2009.

For a list of titles by John Updike, click here.

Our 2008 National Book Critics Circle Finalists

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Eight Random House, Inc. titles have been selected as finalists by the members of the National Book Critics Circle for their 2008 annual awards:

Nonfiction
The Forever War by Dexter Filkins (Knopf)
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust (Knopf)
The Dark Side by Jane Mayer (Doubleday)

Fiction
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)

Biography
The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul by Patrick. French (Knopf)
White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple (Knopf)

Autobiography
The Eaves Of Heaven by Andrew X. Pham (Harmony Books)

Criticism
Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds by Joel L. Kraemer (Doubleday)

Every year the NBCC presents awards for the finest books and reviews published in English. Click here for a list of current and past winners and finalists.

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