2003 in literature

2003 in literature

The year 2003 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


* September 9 - Barnes & Noble, the largest American bookseller, announces that it will no longer sell downloadable electronic texts sometimes called ebooks.

New books

*Mitch Albom - "The Five People You Meet in Heaven"
*Margaret Atwood - "Oryx and Crake"
*Max Barry - "Jennifer Government"
*Greg Bear - "Darwin's Children"
*Thomas Berger - "Best Friends
*Giles Blunt - "The Delicate Storm"
*Dan Brown - "The Da Vinci Code"
*Deborah Joy Corey - "The Skating Pond"
*Bernard Cornwell - "Sharpe's Havoc", "Sharpe's Christmas" and "Heretic"
*Douglas Coupland - "Hey Nostradamus!"
*Julie E. Czerneda - "Space, Inc."
*Richard A. Davidson - "Welcome to Percotran"
*Jeffery Deaver - "Twisted"
*Don DeLillo - "Cosmopolis"
*Cory Doctorow - "A Place So Foreign and Eight More" and "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom"
*Gerard Donovan - "Schopenhauer's Telescope"
*Fernanda Eberstadt - "The Furies"
*William Gibson -"Pattern Recognition"
*Jean-Christophe Grangé - "L'Empire des loups"
*John Grisham - "The King of Torts"
*Mark Haddon - ""
*Joanne Harris - "Holy Fools"
*Victor Heck - "The Asylum Vol 2 - The Violent Ward"
*Victor Heck - "The Asylum Vol 3 - The Quiet Ward"
*Khaled Hosseini - "The Kite Runner"
*Jennifer Haigh - "Mrs. Kimble"
*Zoë Heller - "Notes on a Scandal"
*Pope John Paul II "Roman Triptych. Meditations"
*Greg Keyes - "The Final Prophecy"
*Stephen King - "Wolves of the Calla"
*Dean R. Koontz - "The Face"
*Jonathan Lethem - "The Fortress of Solitude"
*James Luceno - "The Unifying Force"
*Steve Martini - "The Arraignment"
*Julie Myerson - "Something Might Happen"
*Andrew Neiderman - "The Baby Squad"
*Audrey Niffenegger - "The Time Traveler's Wife"
*Chuck Palahniuk - "Diary"
*Christopher Paolini - "Eragon"
*Terry Pratchett - "Monstrous Regiment" and "The Wee Free Men"
*Matthew Reilly - "Scarecrow"
*Joel C. Rosenberg - ""
*J. K. Rowling - "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
*Nick Sagan - "Idlewild"
*Matthew Sharpe - "The Sleeping Father"
*Michael Slade - "Bed of Nails"
*Lemony Snicket - "The Slippery Slope"
*Wilbur Smith - "Blue Horizon"
*Olen Steinhauer - "The Bridge of Sighs"
*Neal Stephenson - "Quicksilver" (Vol. I of the Baroque Cycle)
*Matthew Stover - "Shatterpoint"
*Anthony Swofford - "Jarhead"
*Miguel Sousa Tavares - "Ecuador"
*Adam Thirlwell - "Politics"
*Sergio Troncoso - "The Nature of Truth"
*The Getaway Man" - Andrew Vachss
*Sean Williams & Shane Dix - ', ' and ""
*Roger Zelazny - "Manna from Heaven"
*Garth Nix - "Mister Monday"


*Gerina Dunwich – "Dunwich's Guide to Gemstone Sorcery"
*John Fowles – "The Journals - Volume 1"
*James Frost – "Merchant Princes, Halifax's First Family of Finance, Ships and Steel"
*Don Miller – "Blue Like Jazz"
*Michael Moore – "Dude, Where's My Country?"
*Alanna Nash – ""
*Chuck Palahniuk – ""
*Clark Ashton Smith – "Selected Letters of Clark Ashton Smith"
*David Starkey – ""
*Lynne Truss – "Eats, Shoots & Leaves"
*Jane Smiley – "Charles Dickens"

New drama

*Nilo Cruz - "Anna in the Tropics"




*February 16 - Aleksandar Tišma, Serb novelist
*February 26 - Quentin Keynes, bibliophile
*March 11 - Brian Cleeve, writer and broadcaster
*September 3 - Alan Dugan, poet
*March 12 - Howard Fast, American novelist
*April 7 - Cecile de Brunhoff, children's author
*June 21 - George Axelrod, dramatist and screenwriter
*July 10 - Winston Graham, novelist
*July 16 - Carol Shields, novelist
*Nov 9 - Binod Bihari Verma, Maithili literateur
*December 2 - Alan Davidson, food writer


* Nobel Prize for Literature: J. M. Coetzee


* The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Nicholas Angel, "Drown Them in the Sea"
* C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Emma Lew, "Anything the Landlord Touches"
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Jill Jones, "Screens Jets Heaven"
* Miles Franklin Award: Alex Miller, "Journey to the Stone Country"


* Giller Prize: M.G. Vassanji - "The In-Between World of Vikram Lall"
* See 2003 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of the winners of those awards.
* Griffin Poetry Prize: Margaret Avison, "Concrete and Wild Carrot" and Paul Muldoon, "Moy sand and gravel"

United Kingdom

* Cholmondeley Award: Ciaran Carson, Michael Donaghy, Lavinia Greenlaw, Jackie Kay
* Eric Gregory Award: Jen Hadfield, Zoe Brigley, Paul Batchelor, Olivia Cole, Sasha Dugdale, Anna Woodford
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Janet Browne, "Charles Darwin: Volume 2 - The Power of Place"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Andrew O'Hagan, "Personality"
* Man Booker Prize: D.B.C. Pierre, "Vernon God Little"
* Orange Prize for Fiction: Valerie Martin, "Property"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: U. A. Fanthorpe
* Whitbread Book of The Year Award: Mark Haddon for "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A Novel"

United States

* Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize awarded to David Shumate for "High Water Mark"
* American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in Poetry, W.S. Merwin
* Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry, Julie Sheehan for “Brown-headed Cow Birds”
* Bollingen Prize for Poetry, Adrienne Rich
* Brittingham Prize in Poetry, Brian Teare, "The Room Where I Was Born"
* Compton Crook Award: Patricia Bray, "Devlin's Luck"
* Frost Medal: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
* Hugo Award: Robert J. Sawyer, "Hominids"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Avi, "Crispin: The Cross of Lead"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Jeffrey Eugenides, "Middlesex"
* Wallace Stevens Award: Richard Wilbur


* International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: Orhan Pamuk "My Name is Red"
*Premio Nadal: Andrés Trapiello, "Los amigos del crimen perfecto"

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