It's the time of year when literary awards fall down like spring rain. Here are some updates: The Kiriyama Prize, which honors books...
It’s the time of year when literary awards fall down like spring rain. Here are some updates:
The Kiriyama Prize, which honors books that contribute “to greater understanding of and among the people and nations of the Pacific Rim and South Asia,” has named two winners: The novel “Maps for Lost Lovers” by Nadeen Aslam and the nonfiction “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found” by Suketu Mehta (Knopf). “Maps for Lost Lovers,” initially published in the United Kingdom, will be published by Knopf here in May. Local note: Karen Allman of Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co. was the lead judge of the nonfiction panel this year.
Local author Jerome Richard was a finalist for this year’s PEN/Hemingway Award for his novel “The Kiss of the Prison Dancer” (Permanent Press). The winner was Chris Abani for “Graceland.”
One of Port Townsend publisher Copper Canyon Press’ authors has snagged a Pulitzer: Ted Kooser for his book of poems “Delights and Shadows.” Kooser is also the poet laureate of the United States. Winner for fiction was Marilynne Robinson for “Gilead.” The general nonfiction prize went to Steve Coll for “Ghost Wars.” Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan won in the biography category for “de Kooning: An American Master,” and David Hackett Fischer won the history Pulitzer for his book “Washington’s Crossing.”
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Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor