2001 in literature

2001 in literature

The year 2001 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


* The film version of J. R. R. Tolkien's classic book, "", is released to movie theaters. The film is directed by Peter Jackson

* February 15 - Author Michael Crichton signed a new two book deal with HarperCollins Publishers reportedly earning $40 million for the two books.

New books

*Niccolò Ammaniti - "Io non ho paura"
*Raymond Benson - "Never Dream of Dying"
*Dennis Bock - "The Ash Garden"
*Ben Bova - "The Precipice"
*Geraldine Brooks - "Year of Wonders"
*Lois McMaster Bujold - "The Curse of Chalion"
*Bernard Cornwell - "Sharpe's Trafalgar" and "Gallows Thief"
*Douglas Coupland - "All Families Are Psychotic"
*Umberto Eco - "Baudolino"
*Barbara Ehrenreich - "Nickel and Dimed"
*James Ellroy - "The Cold Six Thousand"
*Leif Enger - "Peace like a river"
*Jonathan Franzen - "The Corrections"
*Diana Gabaldon - "The Fiery Cross"
*Martin H. Greenberg and Larry Segriff - "Past Imperfect"
*John Grisham - "A Painted House" and "Skipping Christmas"
*Joanne Harris - "Five Quarters of the Orange"
*Nancy Huston - "Dolce Agonia"
*"The Fourth Hand" - John Irving
*P. D. James - "Death in Holy Orders"
*Greg Keyes - ' and '
*Stephen King - "Black House" and "Dreamcatcher"
*Robert N. Kucey - "Giving Something Back"
*Hanif Kureishi - "Gabriel's Gift"
*John le Carré - "The Constant Gardener"
*David Lodge -"Thinks ..."
*James Luceno - "Cloak of Deception"
*Juliet Marillier - "Child of the Prophecy"
*Yann Martel - "Life of Pi"
*R. K. Narayan - "Under the Banyan Tree"
*Joyce Carol Oates - ""
*Chuck Palahniuk - "Choke"
*Orhan Pamuk - "The White Castle"
*Kate Grenville Picador - "The Idea of Perfection"
*Terry Pratchett - "The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents", "Thief of Time" and "The Last Hero"
*Sven Regener - "Herr Lehmann"
*Kathy Reichs - "Fatal Voyage"
*Alain Robbe-Grillet - "La reprise"
*Jean-Christophe Rufin - "Rouge Brésil"
*Salman Rushdie - "Fury"
*Richard Russo - "Empire Falls"
*Eric Schlosser - "Fast Food Nation"
*W. G. Sebald - "Austerlitz"
*Michael Slade - "Death's Door"
*Danielle Steel - "Leap Of Faith"
*Amy Tan - "The Bonesetter's Daughter"
*Timothy Taylor - "Stanley Park"
*Anne Tyler - "Back When We Were Grownups"
*Jane Urquhart - "The Stone Carvers"
*Andrew Vachss - "Pain Management"
*Binod Bihari Verma - "Adim Purkha" Maithili translation of Oriya novel "Dadi Burha" by Gopinath Mohanty

New drama

*Neil LaBute - "The Shape of Things"
*Lynn Manning - "Weights"


*Gale E. Christianson - ""
*Antonia Fraser - ""
*Stephen Hawking - "The Universe in a Nutshell"
*Laura Hillenbrand -""
*Christopher Hitchens - "The Trial of Henry Kissinger"
*Peter Kurth - ""
*Lawrence Lessig - "The Future of Ideas"
*Normand Lester - "Le Livre noir du Canada Anglais (The Black Book of English Canada)"
*Steven Levy - ""
*Herbert R. Lottman - "Man Ray's Montparnasse"
*Michael Moore - "Stupid White Men"
*Mumtaz Mufti - "Ali Pur Ka Aeeli"
*"T. Subba Row Collected Writings"
*Pavel Polian - "Against Their Will... A History and Geography of Forced Migrations in the USSR"
*E. Hoffman Price - "Book of the Dead"
*Miranda Seymour - "Mary Shelley"
*Frans de Waal - "The Ape and the Sushi Master"



* January 31 - Gordon R. Dickson, science fiction writer
* February 7 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, author, aviator
* February 14 - Alan Ross,78, poet and editor
* March 12 - Robert Ludlum, author
* May 11 - Douglas Adams, author (heart attack) (b. 1952)
* May 13 - R.K. Narayan, 94, Indian novelist
* June 1 - Hank Ketcham, 81, cartoonist, creator of "Dennis the Menace"
* June 27 - Tove Jansson, children's author
* July 3 - Mordecai Richler
* August 1 - Poul Anderson - fantasy / sci-fi author
* August 6 - Jorge Amado, 88, Brazilian writer
* August 20 - Fred Hoyle, Astronomer and science fiction writer
* November 10 - Ken Kesey, 66, author.


* Nobel Prize for Literature: V.S. Naipaul


* The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Sarah Hay, "Skins"
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Ken Taylor, "Africa"
* Miles Franklin Award: Frank Moorhouse, "Dark Palace"
* Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Fiction Book Award: Peter Carey, "True History of the Kelly Gang"
* Victorian Premier's Literary Award, C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: John Mateer, "Barefoot Speech"
* Victorian Premier's Literary Award, Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction: Peter Carey, "True History of the Kelly Gang"


* Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction: Richard B. Wright - "Clara Callan"
* See 2001 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.


* Prix Décembre: Chloé Delaume, " _fr. Le Cri du sablier"
* Prix Femina: Marie Ndiaye, " _fr. Rosie Carpe"
* Prix Goncourt: Jean-Christophe Rufin, " _fr. Rouge Brésil"
* Prix Médicis French: Edwy Plenel, " _fr. Secrets de jeunesse"
* Prix Médicis Non-Fiction: " _fr. Le Loup mongol"
* Prix Médicis International: Antonio Skarmeta, " _fr. La noce du poète"

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: Peter Carey, "True History of the Kelly Gang"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Sid Smith, "Something Like a House"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Robert Skidelsky, "John Maynard Keynes: Volume 3 - Fighting for Britain 1937-1946 "
* Cholmondeley Award: Ian Duhig, Paul Durcan, Kathleen Jamie, Grace Nichols
* Eric Gregory Award: Leontia Flynn, Thomas Warner, Tishani Doshi, Patrick Mackie, Kathryn Gray, Sally Read
* Griffin Poetry Prize: Anne Carson, "Men in the Off Hours" and Nikolai Popov and Heather McHugh, translation of "Glottal Stop: 101 Poems" by Paul Celan
* Hugo Award: J. K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
* Samuel Johnson Prize: Michael Burleigh, "The Third Reich"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Michael Longley
* Whitbread Best Book Award: Patrick Neate, "Twelve Bar Blues"

United States

* Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize awarded to Gabriel Gudding for "A Defense of Poetry"
* Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, Frederick Morgan
* Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, “Circus Fire, 1944”
* Bollingen Prize for Poetry, Louise Glück
* Brittingham Prize in Poetry, Robin Behn, "Horizon Note"
* Compton Crook Award: Syne Mitchell, "Murphy's Gambit"
* Frost Medal: Sonia Sanchez
* Hugo Award: J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Richard Peck, "A Year Down Yonder"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: David Auburn, "Proof"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Michael Chabon, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Stephen Dunn, "Different Hours"
* Wallace Stevens Award: John Ashbery


* Finlandia Prize: Hannu Raittila "Canal Grande"
* IMPAC Award: Alistair MacLeod, "No Great Mischief"
* Orange Prize for Fiction: Kate Grenville Picador, "The Idea of Perfection"
*Premio Nadal: Fernando Marías, "El Niño de los Coroneles"
*Premio Strega: Domenico Starnone, "Via Gemito"
* Viareggio Prize: Niccolò Ammaniti, "Io non ho paura", Michele Ranchetti, "Verbale", and Giorgio Pestelli, "Canti del destino"

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