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April 2013
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Random House Pulitzer Prize Winners and Finalists

Orphan Master's Son

Please join us in congratulating the four Random House authors that won Pulitzer Prizes in 2013! Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son won in the fiction category, Fredrik Logevall's Embers of War won in the history category, Sharon Olds's Stag's Leap won in the poetry category, and Tom Reiss's The Black Count won in the biography category. Four of our authors were also named as finalists in their category: Bernard Bailyn's The Barbarous Years in history, Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers in general nonfiction, Nathan Englander's What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank in fiction, and the late Jack Gilbert's Collected Poems in poetry. For a full list of previous Random House winners please click here.

Chinua Achebe Passes Away at 82

Passage of Power

We are saddened by the death of the "Father of African literature" Chinua Achebe; he was 82. Achebe was an acclaimed and best-selling novelist, poet, and essayist whose works include the classic Things Fall Apart, Anthills of the Savannah, and Arrow of God. Achebe, whose novel Things Fall Apart was one of the first African novels, famously said: "If you don't like someone's story, write your own." We are grateful that he told his story and left us with a legacy of great literature and a better understanding of Africa.

In Brief
Pulitzer Prize–winning film critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70. In addition to being a critic for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, Ebert was also an author, writing more than 20 books that included The Great Movies (Broadway) and The Great Movies II (Broadway). His New York Times obituary may be found here.

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