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Random House Authors Receive National Medals of Arts and Humanities

Passage of Power

Among the twelve cultural figures being honored with National Humanities Medals this year are four Random House authors: Jill Ker Conway, Joan Didion, Robert B. Silvers, and Anna Deavere Smith. Inaugurated in 1997, the National Humanities Medal "honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities." Additionally, Ernest J. Gaines will be one of twelve recipients of a National Medal of Arts, "the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government." Gaines previously received a National Humanities Medal in 2000. President Barack Obama will present this year's medals on July 10th in Washington, D.C. in the East Room of the White House.

Franz Kafka Turns 130!

Kafka Turns 130

In honor of Frank Kafka's 130th birthday Schocken Books has re-released five of Franz Kafka's volumes of letters, out-of-print for over 20 years, now available exclusively in eBook format: Letters to His Father, Letters to Friends, Family, and Editors, Letters to Felice, Letters to Milena, and Letters to Ottla and the Family. Check out Kafka's Facebook page to win a designer-autographed poster of one of these amazing new covers.

Richard Bausch Wins the 2012 REA Award for the Short Story

Richard Rausch

Richard Bausch has won the annual 2012 Rea Award for the Short Story. The award, given annually to a living American or Canadian writer for "originality and influence on the [short story] genre," comes with a $30,000 prize. Bausch is the author eight collections of short stories and eleven novels including Peace, Something is Out There, and The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch and has won many honors including the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In Brief
Random House's Hogarth imprint announces The Hogarth Shakespeare Project which will see the Bard's plays retold by acclaimed, bestselling novelists and brought alive for a contemporary readership. The first two retellings will be The Taming of the Shrew by Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler and A Winter's Tale by Jeanette Winterson, who was awarded the OBE in 2006 for her services to British literature. The project will launch in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.
Alice Munro has won the 2013 Trillium Book Award for her thirteenth collection of short storyies, Dear Life. This is the second time Munro has won the Trillium Book Award, Ontario's top literary honor, which comes with a $20,000 prize.
Marie Ponsot has been awarded 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize which is given each year to a poet for lifetime achievement. Ponsot was presented with the $100,000 prize on June 10th at the Pegasus Awards ceremony at the Poetry Foundation

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