1995 in literature

1995 in literature

The year 1995 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


*The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea is opened by Jimmy Carter.
*Simon & Schuster paid US$4.2 million for the hardcover publishing rights for "The Christmas Box" by Richard Paul Evans after the self-published book appeared on "The New York Times" bestseller list.

New books

*Ben Aaronovitch - "The Also People"
*Louisa May Alcott - "A Long Fatal Love Chase" (previously unpublished manuscript)
*Roger MacBride Allen - "Ambush at Corellia", "Assault at Selonia" and "Showdown at Centerpoint"
*Julia Alvarez - "In the Time of the Butterflies"
*Martin Amis - "The Information"
*Kevin J. Anderson - "Darksaber"
*Pat Barker - "The Ghost Road"
*Daniel Blythe - "Infinite Requiem"
*Christopher Bulis - "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
*Edgar Rice Burroughs and Joe R. Lansdale - ""
*T. C. Boyle - "The Tortilla Curtain"
*Albert Camus - "The First Man" ("Le premier homme") (unfinished novel, published posthumously)
*Andrew Cartmel - "Warlock"
*Mary Higgins Clark - "Silent Night"
*Michael Connelly - "The Last Coyote"
*Paul Cornell - "Human Nature"
*Bernard Cornwell - "Sharpe's Battle", "Battle Flag" and "The Winter King"
*Douglas Coupland - "Microserfs"
*Michael Crichton - "The Lost World"
*Martin Day - "The Menagerie"
*L. Sprague de Camp and Christopher Stasheff - "The Exotic Enchanter"
*Terrance Dicks - ""
*Umberto Eco - "The Island of the Day Before"
*Nicholas Evans - "The Horse Whisperer"
*Timothy Findley - "The Piano Man's Daughter"
*Richard Ford - "Independence Day"
*John Gardner -"GoldenEye"
*John Grisham - "The Rainmaker"
*Barbara Hambly - "Children of the Jedi"
*Craig Hinton - "Millennial Rites"
*Kazuo Ishiguro - "The Unconsoled"
*Welwyn Wilton Katz - "Out of the Dark "
*Stephen King - "Rose Madder"
*John le Carré - "Our Game"
*Andy Lane - "The Empire of Glass" and "Original Sin"
*Paul Leonard - "Dancing the Code" and "Toy Soldiers"
*Jonathan Lethem - "Amnesia Moon"
*Barry Letts - "The Ghosts of N-Space"
*Robert Ludlum - "The Apocalypse Watch"
*Steve Lyons - "Head Games" and "Time of Your Life"
*Stephen Marley - "Managra"
*Frank McCourt - "Angela's Ashes
*David A. McIntee - "Lords of the Storm" and "Sanctuary"
*James A. Michener - "Miracle in Seville"
*Mary McGarry Morris - "Songs in Ordinary Time"
*Phil O'Brien - "Memories of the Irish-Israeli War"
*Kate Orman - "Set Piece"
*Terry Pratchett - "Maskerade"
*Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - "Relic (novel) and "Mount Dragon
*Philip Pullman - "Northern Lights" (published in North America as "The Golden Compass")
*Justin Richards - "System Shock"
*Gareth Roberts - "The Romance of Crime" and "Zamper"
*Gary Russell - "Invasion of the Cat-People"
*Josè Saramago - "Blindness"
*Sidney Sheldon - "Morning, Noon, & Night"
*Danielle Steel - "Five Days In Paris"
*Neal Stephenson - "The Diamond Age, or A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer"
*James B. Stewart - "Blood Sport"
*Dave Stone - "Sky Pirates!"
*Jim Turner, editor - ""
*Andrew Vachss - "Footsteps of the Hawk"
*Robert James Waller - "Puerto Vallarta Squeeze"
*Val McDermid - "The Mermaids Singing"

New drama

*Horton Foote - "The Young Man From Atlanta"
*Terrence McNally - "Love! Valour! Compassion!"
*Tom Stoppard - "Indian Ink"


*Mark Doty - ""


*Jean Baudrillard - "The Gulf War Did Not Take Place"
*Paul Davies - "About Time"
*L. Sprague de Camp - "The Ape-Man Within"
*Mark Epstein - "Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective"
*Nelson Mandela - "Long Walk to Freedom"
*Leonard Nimoy - "I Am Spock"
*Man Ray, Andre Breton - "Man Ray, 1890-1976"
*Condoleezza Rice & Philip Zelikow -""
*Oliver Sacks - "An Anthropologist on Mars"
*Simon Schama - "Landscape and Memory"
*Miranda Seymour - ""
*Ibn Warraq - "Why I Am Not a Muslim"
*Binod Bihari Verma - "Tapasa vai Ganga" Maithili biography


* January 9 - Peter Cook, comedian, satirist and writer
* January 30 Gerald Durrell, British naturalist, writer
* January 31 - George Abbott, writer, director, producer
* February 4 - Patricia Highsmith, author
* February 12 - Robert Bolt, writer
* February 21 - Calder Willingham, writer
* February 23 - James Herriot, author
* April 14 - Brian Coffey, poet
* June 14 - Roger Zelazny, American writer of fantasy and science fiction
* July 16 - Stephen Spender, poet
* August 3 - Edward Whittemore, writer
* August 29 - Michael Ende, fantasy novelist
* October 22 - Kingsley Amis, author
* November 13 - Mary Elizabeth Counselman - American author and poet
* November 16 - Robert H. Adleman, American novelist and historian
* November 22 - Margaret St. Clair, science fiction writer
* December 2 - Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist
* December 30 - Heiner Müller, dramatist
* May Sarton - American writer


* Nobel Prize for Literature: Seamus Heaney


* The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Richard King, "Kindling Does For Firewood"
* C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Bruce Beaver - "Anima and Other Poems"
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Peter Boyle, "Coming Home From the World"
* Mary Gilmore Prize: Aileen Kelly, "Coming Up for Light"


* Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award
* Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction: Rohinton Mistry, "A Fine Balance"
* See 1995 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.


* Prix Goncourt: Andreï Makine, "Le Testament français"
* Prix Décembre: Jean Échenoz, "Les Grandes Blondes"
* Prix Médicis French: Vassilis Alexakis, "La Langue maternelle" and Andreï Makine, "Le testament français"
* Prix Médicis International: Alessandro Baricco, "Châteaux de la colère"

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: Pat Barker, "The Ghost Road"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Christopher Priest, "The Prestige"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Gitta Sereny, "Albert Speer: His Battle with the Truth"
* Cholmondeley Award: U.A. Fanthorpe, Christopher Reid, C. H. Sisson, Kit Wright
* Eric Gregory Award: Colette Bryce, Sophie Hannah, Tobias Hill, Mark Wormald
*Newdigate prize: Antony Dunn
* Whitbread Book of the Year Award: Kate Atkinson, "Behind the Scenes at the Museum"

United States

* Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: Sandy Solomon, "Pears, Lake, Sun"
* Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry: Maxine Kumin
* American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction, William Maxwell
* Carnegie Medal: Philip Pullman, "Northern Lights"
* Compton Crook Award: Doranna Durgin, "Dun Lady's Jess"
* Hugo Award: Lois McMaster Bujold, "Mirror Dance"
* Nebula Award: Robert Sawyer, "The Terminal Experiment"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Sharon Creech, "Walk Two Moons"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Horton Foote, "The Young Man From Atlanta"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Carol Shields, "The Stone Diaries"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Philip Levine, "The Simple Truth"
* Wallace Stevens Award: James Tate


* New Zealand Book Award for Poetry: Michele Leggott, "Dia"
* Montana Book Award for Poetry: Michael Jackson, "Pieces of Music"
*Premio Nadal: Ignacio Carrión Hernández, "Cruzar el Danubio"

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