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Jun162012

2010

So Much for That

By Lionel Shriver

Original and Current Publisher: Harper 

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Jaimy Gordon for Lord of Misrule

Fiction Judges That Year: Andrei Codrescu, Samuel R. Delany, Sabina Murray, Joanna Scott, Carolyn See

The Year in Literature:

  • Tinkers by Paul Harding won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information:

  • Shriver was born Margaret Ann Shriver in 1957 but changed her name to Lionel when she was fifteen.
  • Shriver won the Orange Prize for We Need to Talk About Kevin in 2005. The novel was made into a 2011 film of the same title directed by Lynne Ramsay and starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller.

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Saturday
Jun162012

2010

Great House

By Nicole Krauss

Original and Current Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. 

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Jaimy Gordon for Lord of Misrule

Fiction Judges That Year: Andrei Codrescu, Samuel R. Delany, Sabina Murray, Joanna Scott, Carolyn See

The Year in Literature:

  • Tinkers by Paul Harding won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Krauss selected Shani Boianjiu as a 5 Under 35 honoree in 2011 for The People of Forever Are Not Afraid (forthcoming in 2013).

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Saturday
Jun162012

2010

Parrot and Olivier in America

By Peter Carey

Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Current Publisher: Vintage

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Jaimy Gordon for Lord of Misrule

Fiction Judges That Year: Andrei Codrescu, Samuel R. Delany, Sabina Murray, Joanna Scott, Carolyn See

The Year in Literature:

  • Tinkers by Paul Harding won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Carey is one of only two writers who have won the Man Booker Prize twice; the other is J.M. Coetzee. Carey first won the Booker in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda, and won again in 2001 for The True History of the Kelly Gang.

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Saturday
Jun162012

2009

Far North

By Marcel Theroux

Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Current Publisher: Picador

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Colum McCann for Let the Great World Spin

Fiction Judges That Year: Alan Cheuse, Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, Charles Johnson, Lydia Millet

The Year in Literature:

  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction
  • Herta Müller won the Nobel Prize for literature. 

More Information: Theroux is the son of two-time National Book Award Finalist Paul Theroux.

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Saturday
Jun162012

2009

Lark and Termite

By Jayne Anne Phillips

Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Current Publisher: Vintage 

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Colum McCann for Let the Great World Spin

Fiction Judges That Year: Alan Cheuse, Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, Charles Johnson, Lydia Millet

The Year in Literature:

  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction
  • Herta Müller won the Nobel Prize for literature. 

More Information: Phillips selected Tiphanie Yanique as a 5 Under 35 honoree in 2010 for How to Escape from a Leper Colony.

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