Saturday, August 14, 2010

CENTER FOR FICTION RENAMES PRIZE


From Publishers Lunch:


"The Center for Fiction (previously the Mercantile Library) has changed the name of their first novel prize--originally the John Sargent Sr. prize when launched in 2006--to the Flaherty-Dunnan Prize, due to support from board member and writer Nancy Dunnan and honoring her late father Ray Flaherty, also a writer.


The seven nominated debut novels are:

Beneath the Lion's Gaze, by Maaza Mengiste

The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer

Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes

Mr. Peanut, by Adam Ross

The Quickening, by Michelle Hoover

The Report, by Jessica Francis Kane

This is Just Exactly Like You, by Drew Perry


In other awards news, the Thurber Prize for American Humor named their three finalists:

Jancee Dunn, WHY IS MY MOTHER GETTING A TATTOO?: And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask

Steve Hely, HOW I BECAME A FAMOUS NOVELIST

Rhoda Janzen, MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS "
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