2002 in literature

2002 in literature

The year 2002 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


* March 16: Authorities in Saudi Arabia arrested and jailed poet Abdul Mohsen Musalam and fired a newspaper editor following the publication of Musalam's poem "The Corrupt on Earth" that criticized the state's Islamic judiciary. In it, the poet accused some judges of being corrupt and issuing unfair rulings for their own personal benefit.
* November: Raymond Benson releases his final James Bond novel, a novelization of the film "Die Another Day", bringing to a close an uninterrupted series of novels based upon Ian Fleming's character that started in 1981.

New books

*Aaron Allston - ' and '
*Jean M. Auel - "The Shelters of Stone"
*Iain Banks - "Dead Air"
*Greg Bear - "Vitals"
*Raymond Benson - "Die Another Day" and "The Man with the Red Tattoo"
*Nelson Bond - "The Far Side of Nowhere"
*William Boyd - "Any Human Heart"
*Stephen L. Carter - "The Emperor of Ocean Park"
*Tracy Chevalier - "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
*Bernard Cornwell - "Sharpe's Prey", "Sharpe's Skirmish" and "Vagabond"
*Michael Crichton - "Prey"
*Elaine Cunningham - "Dark Journey"
*L. Sprague de Camp - "Aristotle and the Gun and Other Stories"
*Thomas R. DeGregori - "The Bountiful Harvest"
*Dave Eggers - "You Shall Know Our Velocity"
*Janet Evanovich - "Hard Eight"
*Michel Faber - "The Crimson Petal and the White"
*Giorgio Faletti - "Io uccido"
*Mick Farren - "Underland"
*Janet Fitch - "White Oleander"
*Alan Dean Foster - "The Approaching Storm"
*Horace L. Gold and L. Sprague de Camp - "None But Lucifer"
*Jean-Christophe Grangé - "Le Concile de pierre"
*Niall Griffiths - "Sheepshagger"
*John Grisham - "The Summons"
*Joanne Harris - "Coastliners"
*John D. Harvey - "The Cleansing"
*Carl Hiaasen - "Hoot"
*Stephen King - "" and "From a Buick 8"
*Rachel Klein - "The Moth Diaries"
*Dean R. Koontz - "By the Light of the Moon" and "One Door Away from Heaven"
*Robert Ludlum - "The Sigma Protocol"
*Ian McEwan - "Atonement"
*Valerio Massimo Manfredi - "The Last Legion"
*Rohinton Mistry - "Family Matters"
*Chuck Palahniuk - "Lullaby"
*Ann Patchett - "Bel Canto"
*James Patterson - "Beach House"
*Terry Pratchett - "Night Watch"
*Libby Purves - "Mother Country"
*Pascal Quignard - "Les Ombres errantes"
*Kathy Reichs - "Grave Secrets"
*Nora Roberts - "Face the Fire"
*R. A. Salvatore - ""
*Alice Sebold - "The Lovely Bones"
*Carol Shields - "Unless"
*Kenji Siratori - "Blood Electric"
*Thomas Sullivan - "Born Burning"
*David Southwell - "Dirty Cash"
*James Spix - "Sutherlin Alliance"
*Danielle Steel - "The Cottage"
*Matthew Stover - "Traitor
*Donna Tartt - "The Little Friend"
*William Trevor - "The Story of Lucy Gault"
*Andrew Vachss - "Only Child"
*Guy Vanderhaeghe - "The Last Crossing"
*Barbara Vine - "The Blood Doctor"
*Sarah Waters - "Fingersmith"
*Darren Williams - "Angel Rock"
*Walter Jon Williams - "Destiny's Way"
*Roger Zelazny - "The Last Defender of Camelot"

New drama

*Peter Verhelst - "Blush"


*Linton Kwesi Johnson - "Mi Revalueshanary Fren"
*Grazyna Miller - "Alibi of a butterfly"


*Peter Ackroyd - ""
*Bija Bennett - "Emotional Yoga"
*Stuart Christie - "Granny Made me an Anarchist"
*Gerina Dunwich - "A Witch's Guide to Ghosts and the Supernatural"
*Michael J. Fox - "Lucky Man"
*Peter Jennings - "In Search of America"
*Sue Monk Kidd - "The Secret Life of Bees"
*Judith Levine - "Harmful to Minors"
*Gabriel García Márquez - "Vivir para contarla" (autobiography)
*Neil Peart - "Ghost Rider"
*James B. Stewart - "Heart of a Soldier"
*Rachel Simon - "Riding the Bus with My Sister"
*Rick Warren - "The Purpose Driven Life"




*January 12 - Lady Violet Powell, literary critic, 89
*January 28 - Astrid Lindgren, children's author, 94
*February 8 - Joachim Hoffmann, 71
*February 21 - A. L. Barker, novelist, 83
*March 21 - Thomas Flanagan, novelist, 78
*May 17 - Dave Berg, cartoonist for "Mad Magazine", 81
*June 2 - Flora Lewis, journalist, 84
*June 13 - R. W. B. Lewis, critic, 84
*June 20
**Timothy Findley, Canadian author, 71
**Kenneth Kantzer, theologian, 84
*July 23 - Chaim Potok, novelist
*August 25 - Dorothy Hewett, Australian poet and playwright, 79
*October 13 - Stephen Ambrose, controversial historian and biographer, 66
*October 21 - Harbhajan Singh (poet), poet and critic, 82
*November 8 - Jon Elia, poet and philosopher, 64
*November 19 - Max Reinhardt, publisher, 86


* Nobel Prize for Literature: Imre Kertész


* The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Danielle Wood, "The Alphabet of Light and Dark"
* C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Robert Gray, "Afterimages"
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Alan Wearne, "The Lovemakers"
* Mary Gilmore Prize: Geraldine McKenzie, "Duty"
* Miles Franklin Award: Tim Winton, "Dirt Music"


* Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction: Austin Clarke, "The Polished Hoe"
* See 2002 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
* Griffin Poetry Prize: Christian Bök, "Eunoia" and Alice Notley, "Disobedience"


* Prix Décembre: Pierre Michon, "Abbés" and "Corps du Roi"
* Prix Femina: Chantal Thomas, "Les adieux à la reine"
* Prix Femina (non-fiction): Michael Barry, "Massoud"
* Prix Goncourt: Pascal Quignard, "Les Ombres errantes"
* Prix Médicis French: Daniel Desmarquet, "Kafka et les jeunes filles"
* Prix Médicis Non-Fiction: Anne F. Garréta, "Pas un jour"
* Prix Médicis International: Philip Roth, "The Human Stain"

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: Yann Martel, "The Life of Pi"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Jonathan Franzen, "The Corrections"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Jenny Uglow, "The Lunar Men: The Friends Who Made the Future 1730-1810"
* Cholmondeley Award: Moniza Alvi, David Constantine, Liz Lochhead, Brian Patten
* Eric Gregory Award: Caroline Bird, Christopher James, Jacob Polley, Luke Heeley, Judith Lal, David Leonard Briggs, Eleanor Rees, Kathryn Simmonds
* Samuel Johnson Prize: Margaret MacMillan, "Peacemakers: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War"
* Whitbread Best Book Award: Philip Pullman, "The Amber Spyglass"
* Orange Prize for Fiction: Ann Patchett, "Bel Canto"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Peter Porter

United States

* Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize awarded to Shao Wei for "Pulling a Dragon's Teeth"
* Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, Grace Schulman
* Arthur Rense Prize for poetry awarded to B.H. Fairchild by the American Academy of Arts and Letters
* Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry, Timothy Donnelly, “His Long Imprison'd Thought”
* Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Alice Fulton for "Felt"
* Brittingham Prize in Poetry, Anna George Meek, "Acts of Contortion"
* Compton Crook Award: Wen Spencer, "Alien Taste"
* Frost Medal: Galway Kinnell
* Hugo Award: Neil Gaiman, "American Gods"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Linda Sue Park, "A Single Shard"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Suzan-Lori Parks, "Topdog/Underdog"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Richard Russo, "Empire Falls"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Carl Dennis, "Practical Gods"
* Wallace Stevens Award: Ruth Stone


* Finlandia Prize: Kari Hotakainen "Trench Street"
* IMPAC Award: Michel Houellebecq, "Les Particules Élémentaires"
* Macmillan Writers' Prize for Africa Adult Fiction: Yvonne Vera, "Stone Virgins"
*Premio Nadal: Angela Vallvey, "Los estados carenciales"

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