Big If

By Mark Costello

Original Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

Current Publisher: Atlantic Books

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Julia Glass for Three Junes

Fiction Judges That Year: Bob Shacochis, Adrienne Brodeur, David Wong Louie, Jay McInerney, Jacquelyn Mitchard

The Year in Literature:

  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Imre Kertész won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information:

  • Costello’s first novel, Bag Men, was published in 1997 under the pseudonym John Flood. Costello used the pseudonym in order to distance his writing life from his career as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey.
  • Costello used his real name on his first book, Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present, which he co-wrote with David Foster Wallace in 1990.

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