1999 in literature

1999 in literature

The year 1999 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


*June 19 - Stephen King is hit by a Dodge van while taking a walk. He spends the next three weeks hospitalized. He does not continue with his next book, "On Writing", until July.

New books

*Aaron Allston - "Solo Command" and "Starfighters of Adumar"
*Laurie Halse Anderson - "Speak"
*Max Barry - "Syrup"
*Greg Bear - "Darwin's Radio"
*Raymond Benson - "High Time to Kill" and "The World Is Not Enough"
*Thomas Berger - "The Return of Little Big Man"
*Maeve Binchy - "Tara Road"
*Ben Bova - "Return to Mars"
*Terry Brooks - ""
*Stephen Chbosky - "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
*Tracy Chevalier - "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
*J. M. Coetzee - "Disgrace"
*Matt Cohen - "Elizabeth and After"
*Bernard Cornwell - "Sharpe's Fortress" and ""
*Douglas Coupland - "Miss Wyoming"
*Michael Crichton - "Timeline"
*Shaw J. Dallal - "Scattered Like Seeds"
*August Derleth, editor - "New Horizons"
*Marc Dugain - "La Chambre des Officiers (The Officers' Ward)"
*Frederic S. Durbin - "Dragonfly"
*Bret Easton Ellis - "Glamorama"
*Sebastian Faulks - "Charlotte Gray"
*Amanda Filipacchi - "Vapor"
*Diana Gabaldon - "Through the Stones"
*John Grisham - "The Testament"
*Joanne Harris - "Chocolat"
*Thomas Harris - "Hannibal"
*Victor Heck - "The Asylum Vol 1 - The Psycho Ward"
*Carl Hiaasen - "Sick Puppy"
*Stewart Home - "Cunt"
*Michel Houellebecq - "Atomised"
*Nancy Huston - "The Mark of the Angel"
*K. W. Jeter - "Hard Merchandise"
*Stephen King - "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" and "Hearts in Atlantis"
*John le Carré - "Single & Single"
*Jonathan Lethem - "Motherless Brooklyn"
*Frank McCourt -"'Tis"
*David Macfarlane - "Summer Gone"
*Alistair MacLeod - "No Great Mischief"
*Juliet Marillier - "Daughter of the Forest"
*Jeffrey Moore - "Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain"
*Toni Morrison - "Paradise"
*Chuck Palahniuk - "Invisible Monsters" and "Survivor"
*Susanne Pari - "The Fortune Catcher"
*Terry Pratchett - "The Fifth Elephant"
*Kathy Reichs - "Death du Jour"
*Matthew Reilly - "Temple"
*J. K. Rowling - "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
*Jane Turner Rylands - "Dining with Peggy Guggenheim"
*Louis Sachar - "Holes"
*R. A. Salvatore - "Vector Prime"
*F. Tupper Saussy - "Rulers Of Evil"
*Neal Shusterman - "Downsiders"
*Michael Slade - "Burnt Bones"
*Lemony Snicket - "The Reptile Room"
*Susan Sontag - "In America"
*Michael Stackpole - "Isard's Revenge"
*Matthew Stadler - "Allan Stein"
*Danielle Steel - "Irresistible Forces"
*Neal Stephenson - "Cryptonomicon"
*James B. Stewart - "Blind Eye"
*Koushun Takami - "Battle Royale"
*Andrew Vachss - "Choice of Evil"
*Vernor Vinge - "A Deepness in the Sky"
*Jeanette Winterson - "The World and Other Places"
*Yahya Yakhlif - "A Lake Beyond the Wind"
*Robert Clark Young - "One of the Guys"
*Timothy Zahn - "The Icarus Hunt"
*Roger Zelazny and Jane Lindskold - "Lord Demon"


*Kelly R. Brown - ""
*Wayson Choy - ""
*Brian Greene - "The Elegant Universe"
*Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye - "Soul Harvest"
*Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster - "The Century"
*S.T. Joshi - "Sixty Years of Arkham House"
*Winona LaDuke - ""
*June Rose - ""
*David Southwell - "Conspiracy Theories (book)"




* February 8 - Iris Murdoch, writer, aged 79
* February 22 - William Bronk, poet, aged 80 (or 81?)
* February 24 - Andre Dubus, writer
* March 4 - Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer, aged 77
* March 28 - Jim Turner, editor, aged 54
* May 10 - Shel Silverstein, children's poet, aged 68
* June 14 - J. F. Powers, American writer, aged 81
* July 2 - Mario Puzo, writer ("The Godfather"), aged 78
* July 16 - John F. Kennedy, Jr., publisher, son of John F. Kennedy, aged 38 (airplane crash)
* October 3 - Heinz G. Konsalik, writer, aged 78
* October 19 - Nathalie Sarraute, Russian born Francophone lawyer and writer
* November 11 - Jacobo Timmerman, journalist and publisher
* December 8 - Rupert Hart-Davis, editor, publisher
* December 12 - Joseph Heller, American novelist ("Catch-22"), aged 76


* Nobel Prize for Literature: Günter Grass


* The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Hsu-Ming Teo, "Love and Vertigo"
* C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Gig Ryan, "Pure and Applied"
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Lee Cataldi, "Race Against Time"
* Miles Franklin Award: Murray Bail, "Eucalyptus"


* Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction: Bonnie Burnard: "A Good House"
* See 1999 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.


* Prix Femina: Maryline Desbiolles, " _fr. Anchise"
* Prix Goncourt: Jean Echenoz, " _fr. Je m'en vais"
* Prix Décembre: Claude Askolovitch, " _fr. Voyage au bout de la France: Le Front National tel qu'il est"
* Prix Médicis French: Michel Del Castillo, " _fr. Colette, une certaine France"
* Prix Médicis Non-Fiction: Christian Oster, " _fr. Mon grand appartement"
* Prix Médicis International: Bjorn Larsson, " _fr. Le capitaine et les rêves"

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: J. M. Coetzee, "Disgrace"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Timothy Mo, "Renegade, or Halo2"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Kathryn Hughes, "George Eliot: The Last Victorian"
*Cholmondeley Award: Vicki Feaver, Geoffrey Hill, Elma Mitchell, Sheenagh Pugh
* Eric Gregory Award: Ross Cogan, Matthew Hollis, Helen Ivory, Andrew Pidoux, Owen Sheers, Dan Wyke
* Orange Prize for Fiction: Suzanne Berne, "A Crime in the Neighborhood"
* Samuel Johnson Prize: Antony Beevor, "Stalingrad"
* Whitbread Best Book Award: Seamus Heaney, "Beowulf"

United States

* Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: Daisy Fried, "She Didn't Mean To Do It"
* Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry: George Garrett
* Arthur Rense Prize awarded to James McMichael by the American Academy of Arts and Letters
* Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry: J.D. McClatchy, "Tattoos"
* Compton Crook Award: James Stoddard, "The High House"
* Frost Medal: Barbara Guest
* Hugo Award for Best Novel: Connie Willis, "To Say Nothing of the Dog"
* Nebula Award: Octavia E. Butler, "Parable of the Talents "
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Louis Sachar, "Holes"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Margaret Edson, "Wit"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Michael Cunningham, "The Hours"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Mark Strand, "Blizzard of One"
* Wallace Stevens Award: Jackson Mac Low


* Finlandia Prize: 1999 Kristina Carlson, "Maan ääreen"
* Premio Nadal: Gustavo Martín Zarzo, "Las historias de Marta y Fernando"
* Viareggio Prize: Ernesto Franco, "Vite senza fine"
* IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: Andrew Miller, "Ingenious Pain"

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