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Historian William Lee Miller Dies at the Age of 86


Historian William Lee Miller died last week at the age of 86 in New York City. A scholar in ethics at the University of Virginia, Miller is best known for his work as an ethical historian in books like Arguing About Slavery and Lincoln's Virtue. Though he had been recently ill, he had continued his writing and published his most recent work, Two Americans in April. His Washington Post obituary can be read here.

Carlos Fuentes has died at the age of 83


Legendary Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes passed away on May 15th in Mexico City, at the age of 83. Beloved by readers and contemporary writers alike, Fuentes was instrumental in the Latin American literary movement known as "El Boom." His extensive repertoire includes a multitude of short story collections, essays, and critical assessments of various political regimes. Destiny and Desire, Happy Families, and The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories, of which he was a co-editor, are but a few of Fuentes' works providing his trademark insight into Mexican society, politics and economics. A New York Times obituary detailing his numerous achievements and contributions to the literary field can be found here.

Karen Russell Wins the NYPL Young Lions Award


Karen Russell has been awarded the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award for her novel Swamplandia!. Congratulation, too, to Teju Cole, author of Open City, who had been named one of the five finalists. Now in its twelfth year, the Young Lions Award "recognizes the work of young authors and celebrates their accomplishments publicly, making a difference in their lives as they continue to build their careers" and comes with a $10,000 prize.

In Brief
Adam Schwartzman's Eddie Signwriter has been named one of five finalists for the prestigious South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize. The winner will be announced June 21 at Summer Place in Johannesburg.
James Salter will be the 25th PEN/Malamud Award winner. The Malamud award "recognizes a body of work that demonstrates excellence in the art of short fiction" and includes a reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library as part of the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series. Salter will receive the award on December 7, 2012 at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Salter is the author of several short story volumes and novels including Dusk and Other Stories, The Hunters, and Light Years.
Charles Baxter is the recipient of the 2011 Rea Award for the Short Story. The award recognizes a living U.S. or Canadian writer who has "made a significant contribution to the discipline of the short story as an art form" and comes with a $30,000 prize. Baxter's is the author of several short story volumes including Gryphon and The Soul Thief.

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