1994 in literature

1994 in literature

The year 1994 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


*The first Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction is awarded.

New books

*Kevin J. Anderson - "Champions of the Force", "Dark Apprentice" and "Jedi Search"
*Reed Arvin - "The Wind in the Wheat"
*Greg Bear - "Songs of Earth and Power"
*Lily Brett - "Just Like That"
*George Mackay Brown - "Beside the Ocean of Time"
*Christopher Bulis - "State of Change"
*James Chapman - "Glass (Pray the Electrons Back to Sand)"
*Tom Clancy - "The Debt of Honor"
*Michael Connelly - "The Concrete Blonde"
*Paul Cornell - "Goth Opera" and "No Future"
*Bernard Cornwell - "Copperhead"
*Douglas Coupland - "Life After God"
*Michael Crichton - "Disclosure"
*Terrance Dicks - "Blood Harvest"
*Stephen R. Donaldson - ""
*Bret Easton Ellis - "The Informers"
*Valerio Evangelisti - "Nicolas Eymerich, inquisitore"
*David Frum - "Dead Right"
*John Gardner - "SeaFire"
*James Finn Garner - "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories"
*Mark Gatiss - "St Anthony's Fire"
*Judith Godrèche - "Point de côté"
*John Grisham - "The Chamber"
*Romesh Gunesekera - "Reef"
*James Herbert - "The Ghosts of Sleath"
*Craig Hinton - "The Crystal Bucephalus"
*Alan Hollinghurst - "The Folding Star"
*Nancy Huston - "La Virevolte"
*Alexander Jablokov - "The Breath of Suspension"
*James Kelman - "How late it was, how late"
*Stephen King - "Insomnia'
*Dean R. Koontz - "Dark Rivers of the Heart"
*Andy Lane - "All-Consuming Fire"
*Madeleine L'Engle - "Troubling a Star"
*Paul Leonard - "Venusian Lullaby"
*Jonathan Lethem - "Gun, with Occasional Music"
*H. P. Lovecraft - "Miscellaneous Writings"
*Steve Lyons - "Conundrum"
*F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre - "The Woman Between the Worlds"
*David A. McIntee - "First Frontier"
*Simon Messingham - "Strange England"
*James A. Michener - "Creatures of the Kingdom" and "Recessional"
*Rick Moody - "The Ice Storm"
*Jim Mortimore - "Parasite"
*Tim O'Brien - "In the Lake of the Woods"
*Daniel O'Mahony - "Falls the Shadow"
*John Peel - "Evolution"
*Terry Pratchett - "Interesting Times" and "Soul Music"
*James Redfield - "The Celestine Prophecy"
*Matthew Reilly - "Contest"
*Justin Richards - "Theatre of War"
*Gareth Roberts - "Tragedy Day"
*Gary Russell - "Legacy"
*Sidney Sheldon - "Nothing Lasts Forever"
*Carol Shields - "The Stone Diaries"
*Michael Slade - "Ripper"
*Danielle Steel - "Accident", "The Gift" and "Wings"
*Shiham Turjuman - "Daughter of Damascus"
*Andrew Vachss - "Down in the Zero"
*Jill Paton Walsh - "Knowledge of Angels"
*Binod Bihari Verma - "Balanak Bonihar O Pallavi"

New drama

*Kevin Elyot - "My Night With Reg"
*Arthur Miller - "Broken Glass"


*Sophie Cabot Black - "The Misunderstanding of Nature"


*Martin Gilbert - "In Search of Churchill"




* January 30 - Pierre Boulle, author
* February 6 - Jack Kirby, comic book writer
*February 11 - Paul Feyerabend, philosopher of science
*February 26 - J. L. Carr, novelist
* February 27 - Harold Acton, author, the inspiration for Anthony Blanche
* March 9 - Charles Bukowski, poet and novelist
* March 28 - Eugène Ionesco, playwright
* April 16 - Ralph Ellison, scholar, writer
* May 30Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguayan writer
* June 7 - Dennis Potter, controversial TV dramatist
*July 30 - Robin Cook, novelist
* August 7 - Rosa Chacel, controversial Spanish writer
*September 7 - James Clavell, blockbusting novelist
*November 12 - J. I. M. Stewart, novelist and critic
*December 24 - John Osborne, dramatist


* Nobel Prize for Literature: Kenzaburo Oe


* The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Darren Williams, "Swimming In Silk"
* C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Robert Gray, "Certain Things"
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Barry Hill, "Ghosting William Buckley"
* Mary Gilmore Prize: Deborah Staines, "Now, Millennium"


* Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award
* Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction: M.G. Vassanji, "The Book of Secrets"
* See 1994 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.


* Prix Goncourt: Didier Van Cauwelaert, "Un Aller simple"
* Prix Décembre: Jean Hatzfeld, "L'Air de guerre" and Éric Holder, "La Belle Jardinière"
* Prix Médicis French: Yves Berger, "Immobile dans le courant du fleuve"
* Prix Médicis International: Robert Schneider, "Frère Sommeil"

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: James Kelman, "How Late It Was, How Late"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Alan Hollinghurst, "The Folding Star"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Doris Lessing, "Under My Skin"
* Cholmondeley Award: Ruth Fainlight, Gwen Harwood, Elizabeth Jennings, John Mole
* Eric Gregory Award: Julia Copus, Alice Oswald, Steven Blyth, Kate Clanchy, Giles Goodland
* Whitbread Best Book Award: William Trevor, "Felicia's Journey"

United States

* Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: Jan Beatty, "Mad River"
* Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry: Wendell Berry
* Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry: Stewart James, "Vanessa", and (separately) Marilyn Hacker, "Cancer Winter"
* Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry: A. R. Ammons, "Garbage"
* Compton Crook Award: Mary Rosenblum, "The Drylands"
* Nebula Award: Greg Bear, "Moving Mars"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Lois Lowry, "The Giver"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Edward Albee, "Three Tall Women"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: E. Annie Proulx, "The Shipping News"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Yusef Komunyakaa, "Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems"
* Wallace Stevens Award inaugurated with first award this year: W. S. Merwin


* Montana Book Award for Poetry: Bill Manhire, ed., "100 New Zealand Poems"
* New Zealand Book Award for Poetry: Andrew Johnston, "How to Talk"
*Premio Nadal: Rosa Regás, "Azul"

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