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.
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 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.