to be both:
"Ali Smith subtly but surely reinvents the novel. . . . How to be both brims with palpable joy, not only at language, literature and art's transformative power but at the messy business of being human." —The Telegraph (London)
"H.G. Adler's The Wall is a masterful portrait of a Holocaust survivor. . . . The writing is sonorous and so entirely devastating that the reader is compelled to pore over every word. One cannot begin to share this author's anguish, but can participate in not allowing it to be forgotten." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Intellectually ambitious. . . . A masterpiece of the historian's craft. . . . Beckert tracks the fortunes of a single commodity, cotton, across six continents and thousands of years." —The Nation
"Roediger's spellbinding account of black self-emancipation and the array of movements accelerated by this 'general strike of the slaves', as Du Bois put it, reminds us that it is never too late to take up the democratic promise of Radical Reconstruction." —Angela Y. Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz
"Strangely beautiful. . . . The story . . . transforms as you read it, becoming a living, nearly talismanic exercise in how to lift yourself out of the realm of the ordinary and allow the sentences to carry you into an alternate universe." —NPR.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.