The 2012 National Jewish Book Award winners were announced this week by the Jewish Book Council. Four Random House authors were recognized: Jonathan D. Sarna's When General Grant Expelled the Jews was a finalist for the American Jewish Studies category; Joshua Henkin's The World Without You was a finalist for the Fiction category; Matthew Brzezinski's Isaac's Army was a finalist for the Holocaust category; Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' The Great Partnership was a finalist for the Modern Jewish Thought and Experience category.
Orhan Pamuk has been shortlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel The Silent House. Founded in 2007, the Man Asian Literary Prize is awarded annually "to the best novel by an Asian writer, either written in English or translated into English." The winner, who will receive $30,000, will be announced on March 14th 2013 at a ceremony in Hong Kong and the translator, if any, will receive $5,000.
Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Richard Ben Cramer died recently in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 62 from complications of lung cancer. "[W]idely hailed as among the finest books about American politics ever written," Cramer's classic What It Takes is a recounting of the frenzied 1988 U.S. Presidential race that scours the psyches of the contenders and penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns. His full New York Times obituary can be read here.
Stephen Platt has won the 2012 Cundill Prize in History for Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom. Administered each year by McGill University, the Cundill Prize is the largest international prize for a work on history and comes with a $75,000 award. Andrew Preston's Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith was a finalist for the award and was awarded a prize of $10,000.