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Lee Sandlin Passes Away at 58

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We are sad to announce that Lee Sandlin died suddenly on December 13th at his home in Chicago. He was 58. Sandlin's Editor, Timothy O'Connell, said, "Lee was a true American bard, a storyteller of the old school, with an immense mind. He found beauty and significance in people and things often overlooked or taken for granted and he brought these things to life on the page with such style and grace that working with him was the greatest gift an editor could ask for. When his manuscripts arrived in my inbox I never knew where he would take me, but I always knew it would be an intimate journey, unspooled with utter mastery." Sandlin's most recent hardcover title Storm Kings, was published by Pantheon in 2013; that same year, Vintage also published a trade paperback original, The Distancers.

Ken Haruf Passes Away at 71

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We are deeply saddened to report the death of Kent Haruf on 30 November 2014 at the age of 71. Haruf was the author of several novels set in the small town of Holt, Colorado, including Plainsong (1999), a finalist for the National Book Award, Eventide (2004) and Benediction (2013), a finalist for the inaugural Folio Prize, awarded by the Folio Society in Britain. Haruf's many honors include a Whiting Foundation Writers' Award, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation. As Ursula K. Le Guin wrote earlier this year of Benediction: "Haruf is in fact a stunningly original writer in a great many ways. . . . His courage and achievement in exploring ordinary forms of love . . . are unsurpassed by anything I know in contemporary fiction." Mr. Haruf recently completed his sixth novel—Our Souls at Night—which will be published next year.

Mark Strand Passes Away at 80

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We deeply mourn the death of poet Mark Strand, who passed away on 29 November 2014 in Brooklyn, New York. Strand authored many books of poems, a book of stories, and three volumes of translations. He was the editor of several anthologies, and received numerous honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize (for Blizzard of One), the Bollingen Prize, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990, he was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. Strand's Editor, Deborah Garrison, said, "Mark's poetry will be read as long as people still read. Over five decades, his exquisite eerie music and the breathtaking shapeliness of his poems became a necessary accompaniment to the chaotic unshapeliness of our time, and set a high standard for the several generations of American poets who have followed him." Strand published Collected Poems this fall, a few months after his eightieth birthday.

Anthony Marra wins Athens Prize for Literature, is shortlisted for Prix Médici Prize

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Hogarth author Anthony Marra has won the prestigious Athens Prize for Literature for his acclaimed novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. The prize, comprising both Greek novels and foreign novels (translated into Greek), is the first award ever designated in Greece for foreign works. Other esteemed nominees included J.M. Coetzee, Ian McEwan, John Banville, Mario Vargas Llosa, Kevin Powers, Arturo Perez-Reverte and Allan Hollinghurst. Marra will accept the prize in Athens on Monday, November 24th.

In France, Anthony Marra made the shortlist for the Prix Médici prize.

2014 Man Booker Winner: Richard Flanagan's A Narrow Road to the Deep North

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Please join us in congratulating Australian author Richard Flanagan, who has won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. "The two great themes from the origin of literature are love and war: this is a magnificent novel of love and war," said AC Grayling, chair of the judging panel. "Written in prose of extraordinary elegance and force, it bridges East and West, past and present, with a story of guilt and heroism." The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language. It has long been Britain's most famous literary award, and is considered one of the most prestigious in the world.

In Brief
Congratulations to the following Random House authors, who have been shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction: Richard Flanagan, author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North; Ali Smith, author of How to be Both (to be published in the U.S. on December 2nd); and Howard Jacobson, author of J. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 14th.
The University of Edinburgh has announced the winners of the 2014 James Tait Black Prizes. Please join us in congratulating Prof Dame Hermione Lee, who won the biography prize for Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life, and Jim Crace, who won this year's fiction prize for his novel Harvest. Established in 1919, The James Tait Black Prizes are Britain's oldest literary awards.
British author Evie Wyld has won this year's Miles Franklin literary award for her novel All the Birds, Singing. The Miles Franklin award, which is awarded annually to a novel that best presents Australian life, is Australia's highest literary honor. Wyld's win was announced shortly after she received both the Encore award and Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize.

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