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Jun162012

2005

Trance

By Christopher Sorrentino

Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Current Publisher: Picador

Fiction Finalists That Year: 

Fiction Winner That Year: William T. Vollmann for Europe Central

Fiction Judges That Year: Andre Dubus III, Rikki Ducornet, Cristina García, Tom LeClair, Anna Quindlen

The Year in Literature:

  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Trance is a fictionalized version of the story of Patty Hearst, granddaughter of publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst. After being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) in 1974, she joined her captors in their cause and was later imprisoned for taking part in a bank robbery with other SLA members.

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Saturday
Jun162012

2005

Veronica

By Mary Gaitskill

Original Publisher: Pantheon

Current Publisher: Vintage

Fiction Finalists That Year: 

Fiction Winner That Year: William T. Vollmann for Europe Central

Fiction Judges That Year: Andre Dubus III, Rikki Ducornet, Cristina García, Tom LeClair, Anna Quindlen

The Year in Literature:

  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Gaitskill wrote an appreciation of Katherine Anne Porter’s Collected Stories for our National Book Awards Fiction Blog.

Links: www.nbafictionblog.org/nba-winning-books-blog/1966.html

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Jun162012

2005

The March

By E.L. Doctorow

Original Publisher: Random House

Current Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Fiction Finalists That Year: 

Fiction Winner That Year: William T. Vollmann for Europe Central

Fiction Judges That Year: Andre Dubus III, Rikki Ducornet, Cristina García, Tom LeClair, Anna Quindlen

The Year in Literature:

  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: E.L. Doctrow won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1986 for World’s Fair. He was also a Fiction Finalist three other times: in 1972 for The Book of Daniel, in 1982 for Loon Lake, and in 1989 for Billy Bathgate.

Links: www.nbafictionblog.org/nba-winning-books-blog/1986.html

Saturday
Jun162012

2004

Our Kind

By Kate Walbert

Original and Current Publisher: Scribner

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Lily Tuck for The News From Paraguay

Fiction Judges That Year: Linda Hogan, Randall Kenan, Rick Moody, Stewart O’Nan, Susan Straight

The Year in Literature:

  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Walbert selected Paul Yoon as a 5 Under 35 honoree in 2010 for Once the Shore.

Saturday
Jun162012

2004

Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories

By Joan Silber

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

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Lily Tuck for The News From Paraguay

Fiction Judges That Year: Linda Hogan, Randall Kenan, Rick Moody, Stewart O’Nan, Susan Straight

The Year in Literature:

  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information:

  • Ideas of Heaven was also a finalist for the Story Prize in 2004.
  • Silber’s first book, Household Words, won the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1981.
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