Nobel Laureate and renowned author Gabriel García Márquez passed away this week at the age of 87 at his home in Mexico City. The foremost master of magical realism, he gained worldwide fame for classics like One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, and his novels have been translated into dozens of languages and sold tens of millions of copies. Click here to read his full obituary in The New York Times and click here to read a tribute from Edwidge Danticat in The New Yorker.
Random House LLC is proud to announce that Dan Fagin's Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation (Bantam), an astonishing work of investigative reporting about a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category. In the book, Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River, New Jersey, a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns. Named one of the best books of the year by NPR and Kirkus Reviews, The New York Times called the book "a new classic of science reporting . . . a sober story of probability and compromise, laid out with the care and precision that characterizes both good science and great journalism."
Gary J. Bass's Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide (Knopf) was a finalist in the General Nonfiction category (Paperback Available July 2014). For a full list of previous Random House Pulitzer Prize winners please click here.
The American Library Association has announced the shortlists for their 2014 Carnegie Medals in Fiction & Nonfiction. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah (Knopf) and Edwidge Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light (Knopf) were shortlisted for fiction while Nicholas Basbanes's On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History (Knopf) and Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown) were shortlisted in the nonfiction category. Established in 2012, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction "recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year." The winners will be announced at the ALA annual conference and will receive a $5,000 prize.
Allen Guelzo has been awarded the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History for his extraordinary new history Gettysburg. The prize, which was "founded last year to bolster the status of military history and is to be awarded annually," comes with a $50,000 award and was celebrated on March 17th at a ceremony in New York City.
The 2014 Windham Campbell Prizes have been announced: Nadeem Aslam (The Blind Man's Garden) and Jim Crace (Harvest) have won for fiction; Pankaj Mishra (The Romantics) and John Vaillant (The Tiger) have won for nonfiction. Each winner will receive $150,000 and will be honored at a ceremony in September at Yale University.