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


  • June 19 - Stephen King
    Stephen King
    Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books...

     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
    On Writing
    On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a memoir and writing guide book by Stephen King, published in 2000. It is a book about the prolific author's experiences as a writer. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly listed On Writing 21st on their list of The New Classics: Books - The 100 best reads from 1983 to...

    , until July.

New books

  • Aaron Allston
    Aaron Allston
    Aaron Allston is an American game designer and novelist of many science fiction books, notably Star Wars novels. His works as a game designer include game supplements for several role-playing games, several of which served to establish the basis for products and subsequent development of TSR's...

     - Solo Command
    Solo Command
    Solo Command is the seventh novel in the Star Wars: X-wing series, and the final book to detail the adventures of Wraith Squadron. It was written by Aaron Allston.-Plot:Wraith Squadron is once again tasked with destroying Warlord Zsinj...

    and Starfighters of Adumar
    Starfighters of Adumar
    Starfighters of Adumar is the ninth and last book in the Star Wars: X-wing series. It was written by Aaron Allston.-Summary:The planet of Adumar is an anomaly, settled by anonymous colonists during the early years of the Old Republic and isolated ever since. But now it has been discovered...

  • Angie Sage Board Books - 8 Books Set (1999-2002)
  • Laurie Halse Anderson
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    Laurie Halse Anderson is an American author who writes for children and young adults.-Career:...

     - Speak
    Speak (novel)
    Speak is a 1999 novel by Laurie Halse Anderson about a girl named Melinda Sordino who is an outcast as a high school freshman. It was made into a film of the same name in 2004. The novel was a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller...

  • Max Barry
    Max Barry
    Max Barry is a contemporary Australian author. He also maintains a blog on various topics, including writing, marketing and politics...

     - Syrup
    Syrup (novel)
    Syrup is a satirical comedy of marketing and consumerism written by Max Barry, under the name Maxx Barry. Published in 1999, it is Barry's debut novel...

  • Greg Bear
    Greg Bear
    Gregory Dale Bear is an American science fiction and mainstream author. His work has covered themes of galactic conflict , artificial universes , consciousness and cultural practices , and accelerated evolution...

     - Darwin's Radio
    Darwin's Radio
    Darwin's Radio is a 1999 science fiction novel by Greg Bear. It won the Nebula Award in 2000 for Best Novel and the 2000 Endeavour Award. It was also nominated for the Hugo Award, Locus and Campbell Awards the same year....

  • Raymond Benson
    Raymond Benson
    Raymond Benson is an American author best known for being the official author of the adult James Bond novels from 1997 to 2003. Benson was born in Midland, Texas and graduated from Permian High School in Odessa in 1973...

     - High Time to Kill
    High Time to Kill
    High Time to Kill, published in 1999, is the fourth novel by Raymond Benson featuring Ian Fleming’s secret agent, James Bond . This is the first James Bond novel copyrighted by Ian Fleming Publications...

    and The World Is Not Enough
  • Thomas Berger
    Thomas Berger (US novelist)
    -Biography:Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Berger was in Europe with the United States Army and then studied at the University of Cincinnati, and at Columbia University. He worked as a librarian and a journalist before publishing his first novel, Crazy in Berlin, in 1958. Berger may be best known for...

     - The Return of Little Big Man
  • Maeve Binchy
    Maeve Binchy
    Maeve Binchy is an Irish novelist, newspaper columnist and speaker. Educated at University College Dublin, she worked as a teacher then a journalist at The Irish Times and later became a writer of novels and short stories.Many of her novels are set in Ireland, dealing with the tensions between...

     - Tara Road
    Tara Road
    Tara Road is a novel by Maeve Binchy. It was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in September 1999.-Plot introduction:It is the story of two women, one from Ireland and one from America, who trade houses without ever having met...

  • Ben Bova
    Ben Bova
    Benjamin William Bova is an American science-fiction author and editor. He is the recipient of six Hugo Awards for Best Professional Editor for his work at Analog Science Fiction in the 1970's.-Personal life:...

     - Return to Mars
    Return to Mars
    Return to Mars is a science fiction novel by Ben Bova. This novel is part of the Grand Tour series of novels. It was first published in 1999 and is a sequel to Ben Bova's novel Mars.-Plot summary:...

  • Dionne Brand
    Dionne Brand
    Dionne Brand is a Canadian poet, novelist, essayist and documentarian. She was named Toronto's third Poet Laureate in September 2009.-Biography:...

     - At the Full and Change of the Moon
  • Terry Brooks
    Terry Brooks
    Terence Dean "Terry" Brooks is an American writer of fantasy fiction. He writes mainly epic fantasy, and has also written two movie novelizations. He has written 23 New York Times bestsellers during his writing career, and has over 21 million copies of his books in print...

     - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the fourth film to be released in the Star Wars saga, as the first of a three-part prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as the first film in the saga in terms...

  • Stephen Chbosky
    Stephen Chbosky
    Stephen Chbosky is an American novelist, screenwriter, and film director best known for the coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower...

     - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an epistolary novel written by American novelist Stephen Chbosky. It was published on February 1, 1999 by MTV...

  • Tracy Chevalier
    Tracy Chevalier
    Tracy Chevalier is a bestselling historical novelist. She lives in London with her husband and son.Chevalier was raised in Washington, D.C and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland. After receiving her B.A...

     - Girl with a Pearl Earring
    Girl with a Pearl Earring (novel)
    Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 1999 historical novel written by Tracy Chevalier. Set in 17th century Delft, Holland, the novel was inspired by Delft school painter Johannes Vermeer's painting Girl with a Pearl Earring. Chevalier presents a fictional account of Vermeer, the model, and the painting...

  • J. M. Coetzee - Disgrace
  • Matt Cohen - Elizabeth and After
    Elizabeth and After
    Elizabeth and After is a novel by Matt Cohen, first published in 1999 by Knopf Canada. His final novel, it won the Governor General's Award for English language fiction just a few weeks before Cohen's death.-Plot summary:...

  • Bernard Cornwell
    Bernard Cornwell
    Bernard Cornwell OBE is an English author of historical novels. He is best known for his novels about Napoleonic Wars rifleman Richard Sharpe which were adapted into a series of Sharpe television films.-Biography:...

     - Sharpe's Fortress and Stonehenge: A Novel of 2000 BC
  • Douglas Coupland
    Douglas Coupland
    Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist. His fiction is complemented by recognized works in design and visual art arising from his early formal training. His first novel, the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized terms such as McJob and...

     - Miss Wyoming
    Miss Wyoming (novel)
    Miss Wyoming is a novel by Douglas Coupland. It was first published by Random House of Canada in January 2000.The novel follows two protagonists, Susan Colgate, a former Miss Wyoming, and John Johnson, a former action film producer. Both have experienced early success but now find themselves in...

  • Robert Crais
    Robert Crais
    Robert Crais is an American author of detective fiction. Crais began his career writing scripts for television shows such as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Quincy, Miami Vice and L.A. Law. He lists amongst his literary influences the authors Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest...

     - L.A. Requiem
    L.A. Requiem
    L.A. Requiem is a 1999 detective novel by Robert Crais. It is the eighth in a series of linked novels centering on the private investigator Elvis Cole. It won the Dilys Award and was nominated for the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award and the Shamus Award....

  • Michael Crichton
    Michael Crichton
    John Michael Crichton , best known as Michael Crichton, was an American best-selling author, producer, director, and screenwriter, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction, and thriller genres. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and many have been adapted...

     - Timeline
    Timeline (novel)
    Timeline is a science fiction novel by Michael Crichton that was published in November 1999. It tells the story of a group of history students who travel to 14th Century France to rescue their professor...

  • August Derleth
    August Derleth
    August William Derleth was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first publisher of the writings of H. P...

    , editor - New Horizons
    New Horizons (book)
    New Horizons is an anthology of science fiction stories edited by the famed August Derleth . It was released posthumously by the specialty house publisher Arkham House in an hardcover edition of 2,917 copies. While the title page gives the date of publication as 1998, the book was not actually...

  • Marc Dugain
    Marc Dugain
    Marc Dugain is a French novelist, chiefly known for La Chambre des Officiers , a novel set in World War I.Dugain was born in Senegal, and studied at the Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble...

     - La Chambre des Officiers (The Officers' Ward
    The Officers' Ward
    The Officers' Ward may refer to:* The Officers' Ward * The Officers' Ward...

  • Frederic S. Durbin
    Frederic S. Durbin
    Frederic S. Durbin is a United States writer and novelist of fantasy and horror. His first novel, Dragonfly, was published by Arkham House in 1999.-Biography:...

     - Dragonfly
    Dragonfly (1999 novel)
    Dragonfly is a fantasy, horror novel by author Frederic S. Durbin. It was released in 1999 by Arkham House in an edition of 4,000 copies. It was the author's first novel.-Plot summary:...

  • Bret Easton Ellis
    Bret Easton Ellis
    Bret Easton Ellis is an American novelist and short story writer. His works have been translated into 27 different languages. He was regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack, which also included Tama Janowitz and Jay McInerney...

     - Glamorama
    Glamorama is a novel by American writer Bret Easton Ellis. It was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1998. Unlike Ellis' previous novels, Glamorama is set in and satirizes the 1990s, specifically celebrity culture and consumerism...

  • Sebastian Faulks
    Sebastian Faulks
    -Early life:Faulks was born on 20 April 1953 in Donnington, Berkshire to Peter Faulks and Pamela . Edward Faulks, Baron Faulks, is his older brother. He was educated at Elstree School, Reading and went on to Wellington College, Berkshire...

     - Charlotte Gray
    Charlotte Gray (novel)
    Charlotte Gray is a 1999 book by Sebastian Faulks and completes his loose trilogy of books about France with an account of the adventures of a young Scotswoman who becomes involved with the French resistance during the Second World War. It is set in Vichy France during World War II...

  • Amanda Filipacchi
    Amanda Filipacchi
    Amanda Filipacchi is an American writer best known for her humorous, inventive, and controversial novels.Her fiction has been translated into 13 languages and has received critical acclaim in the U.S. and around the world.-Writing career:...

     - Vapor
    Vapor (novel)
    Vapor is the second novel by American writer Amanda Filipacchi. It was translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, and Polish.The novel was praised for an energetic originality showcasing a “prodigious postfeminist talent.”...

  • Diana Gabaldon
    Diana Gabaldon
    Diana J. Gabaldon is an American author of Mexican-American and English ancestry. Gabaldon is the author of the Outlander Series. Her books they contain elements of romantic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, adventure, and science fiction.-Early life and science career:Diana J. Gabaldon was...

     - Through the Stones
  • John Grisham
    John Grisham
    John Ray Grisham, Jr. is an American lawyer and author, best known for his popular legal thrillers.John Grisham graduated from Mississippi State University before attending the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981 and practiced criminal law for about a decade...

      - The Testament
    The Testament
    The Testament is a legal thriller by American author John Grisham. It was published in hardcover by Doubleday on February 2, 1999.-Plot summary:...

  • Ha Jin
    Ha Jin
    Jīn Xuěfēi is a contemporary Chinese-American writer and novelist using the pen name Ha Jin . Ha comes from his favorite city, Harbin.-Early life:...

     - Waiting
    Waiting (novel)
    Waiting is a novel by award-winning author Ha Jin. The book is based on a true story that Jin heard from his wife when they were visiting her family at an army hospital in China. At the hospital was an army doctor who had waited eighteen years to get a divorce so he could marry his longtime friend,...

  • Joanne Harris
    Joanne Harris
    Joanne Michèle Sylvie Harris is a British author.Biography=Born to a French mother and an English father in her grandparents' sweet shop, her family life was filled with food and folklore. Her great-grandmother had an odd reputation and enjoyed letting the gullible think she was a witch and healer...

     - Chocolat
    Chocolat is a 1999 novel by Joanne Harris. It tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a young mother, who arrives at a fictional insular French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter, Anouk...

  • Thomas Harris
    Thomas Harris
    Thomas Harris is an American author and screenwriter, best known for a series of suspense novels about his most famous character, Hannibal Lecter...

     - Hannibal
    Hannibal (novel)
    Hannibal is a novel written by Thomas Harris, published in 1999. It is the third in his series featuring Dr. Hannibal Lecter and the second to feature FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling. The novel takes place seven years after the events of The Silence of the Lambs and deals with the intended...

  • Victor Heck
    Victor Heck
    Victor Heck, born David Nordhaus, July 20, 1967, in St. Louis, Missouri, is an American editor and horror fiction author whose novels and short stories are published under his pen name. He is the former owner/operator of DarkTales Publications...

     - The Asylum Vol 1 - The Psycho Ward
  • Ernest Hemingway
    Ernest Hemingway
    Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economic and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the...

     - True at First Light
    True at First Light
    thumb|250px|alt = bookcover showing a photograph of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background and a green plain in the foreground | [[First edition]] cover of True at First Light, published 1999...

  • Carl Hiaasen
    Carl Hiaasen
    Carl Hiaasen is an American journalist, columnist and novelist.- Early years :Born in 1953 and raised in Plantation, Florida, of Norwegian heritage, Hiaasen was the first of four children and the son of a lawyer, Kermit Odel, and teacher, Patricia...

     - Sick Puppy
    Sick Puppy
    Sick Puppy is a novel by Carl Hiaasen.-Plot summary:Florida's corrupt governor, Dick Artemus, pursues schemes to line his pockets and those of his rich entrepreneur backers at the expense of the environment. His schemes have always foundered in the past, but he has high hopes of a plan involving...

  • Stewart Home
    Stewart Home
    Stewart Home is an English artist, filmmaker, writer, pamphleteer, art historian, and activist. He is best known for his novels such as the non-narrative 69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess , his re-imagining of the 1960s in Tainted Love , and earlier parodistic pulp fictions Pure Mania, Red...

     - Cunt
    Cunt (novel)
    Cunt is a novel by Stewart Home written in the form of a journal kept by a novelist from Aldeburgh called David Kelso .-Plot summary:...

  • Michel Houellebecq
    Michel Houellebecq
    Michel Houellebecq , born Michel Thomas, 26 February 1958—or 1956 —on the French island of Réunion, is a controversial and award-winning French author, filmmaker and poet. To admirers he is a writer in the tradition of literary provocation that reaches back to the Marquis de Sade and Baudelaire;...

     - Atomised
  • Nancy Huston
    Nancy Huston
    Nancy Louise Huston, OC is a Canadian-born novelist and essayist who writes primarily in French and translates her own works into English.-Biography:...

     - The Mark of the Angel
    The Mark of the Angel
    The Mark of the Angel is a 1998 novel by Canadian writer Nancy Huston. It was originally published in French, appearing under the title L'Empreinte de l'Ange. Both editions were nominated in Canada for a Governor General's Award in 1998 and 1999 respectively...

  • Jerry B. Jenkins
    Jerry B. Jenkins
    Jerry Bruce Jenkins is an American novelist and biographer. He is best known as co-author of the Left Behind series of books with Tim LaHaye, Jenkins has written over 150 books, including romance novels, mysteries, and children's adventures, as well as non-fiction...

     & Tim LaHaye
    Tim LaHaye
    Timothy F. LaHaye is an American evangelical Christian minister, author, and speaker. He is best known for the Left Behind series of apocalyptic fiction, which he co-wrote with Jerry B. Jenkins. He has written over 50 books, both fiction and non-fiction.-Early life:LaHaye was born in Detroit,...

     - Soul Harvest
    Soul Harvest
    Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides is the fourth book in the Left Behind series. It was written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in 1999.-Plot summary:...

  • K. W. Jeter
    K. W. Jeter
    Kevin Wayne Jeter is an American science fiction and horror author known for his literary writing style, dark themes, and paranoid, unsympathetic characters...

     - Hard Merchandise
    Hard Merchandise
    Hard Merchandise is the final book in The Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy of books in the Star Wars Universe. It was written by K. W. Jeter.-Description:...

  • Stephen King
    Stephen King
    Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books...

     - The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a psychological horror novel by Stephen King. In 2004, a pop-up book adaptation was released, designed by Kees Moerbeek and illustrated by Alan Dingman.- Plot summary :...

    and Hearts in Atlantis
    Hearts in Atlantis
    Hearts in Atlantis is a collection of two novellas and three short stories by Stephen King, all connected to one another by recurring characters and taking place in roughly chronological order....

  • John le Carré
    John le Carré
    David John Moore Cornwell , who writes under the name John le Carré, is an author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and the 1960s, Cornwell worked for MI5 and MI6, and began writing novels under the pseudonym "John le Carré"...

     - Single & Single
    Single & Single
    Single and Single is a novel by John le Carré. It is the story of a British Customs and Excise officer on the trail of elusive fraudster Tiger Single...

  • Jonathan Lethem
    Jonathan Lethem
    Jonathan Allen Lethem is an American novelist, essayist and short story writer. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective fiction, was published in 1994. It was followed by three more science fiction novels...

     - Motherless Brooklyn
    Motherless Brooklyn
    Motherless Brooklyn is a Jonathan Lethem detective story set in Brooklyn and published in 1999. Lethem's protagonist, Lionel Essrog, has Tourette syndrome, a disorder marked by involuntary tics...

  • Frank McCourt -'Tis
    'Tis is a memoir written by Frank McCourt. Published in 1999, it begins where McCourt ended Angela's Ashes, his Pulitzer Prize winning memoir of his impoverished childhood in Ireland and his return to America.-Synopsis:...

  • David Macfarlane
    David Macfarlane
    David Macfarlane is a Canadian journalist, playwright and novelist.He published a family memoir, The Danger Tree, in 1991...

     - Summer Gone
    Summer Gone
    Summer Gone is the first novel by Canadian writer David Macfarlane. Published in 1999 by Knopf Canada, Summer Gone was a national bestseller in Canada. It was nominated for the Giller Prize, and won the Books in Canada First Novel Award.-Plot summary:...

  • Alistair MacLeod
    Alistair MacLeod
    Alistair MacLeod, OC is a noted Canadian author and retired professor of English at the University of Windsor.- Academic career :...

     - No Great Mischief
    No Great Mischief
    No Great Mischief is a 1999 novel by Alistair MacLeod.The novel opens in the present day, with successful orthodontist Alexander MacDonald visiting his elderly older brother Calum in Toronto, Ontario...

  • Juliet Marillier
    Juliet Marillier
    Juliet Marillier is a New Zealand-born writer of fantasy, especially historical fantasy. She currently lives in Western Australia. While Marillier writes mostly for adults, her recent books have included Cybele's Secret, a sequel to her novel for young adults Wildwood Dancing. Cybele's Secret won...

     - Daughter of the Forest
    Daughter of the Forest
    Daughter of the Forest is an historical fantasy novel by Juliet Marillier first published in 1999 It is loosely based on "The Six Swans" . A girl must sew six shirts from a painful nettle plant in order to save her brothers from a witch's enchantment, remaining completely mute until the task is...

  • Jeffrey Moore
    Jeffrey Moore
    Jeffrey Moore is an internationally recognized championship accordionist, keyboardist in award-winning alternative rock group The Double Yellow, and multi-instrumentalist composer from Nashua, New Hampshire. He has performed for thousands nationally including venues in the United States like...

     - Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain
  • Toni Morrison
    Toni Morrison
    Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved...

     - Paradise
    Paradise is a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless. It is conceptually a counter-image of the miseries of human civilization, and in paradise there is only peace, prosperity, and happiness. Paradise is a place of contentment, but it is not necessarily a land of luxury and...

  • Chuck Palahniuk
    Chuck Palahniuk
    Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk is an American transgressional fiction novelist and freelance journalist. He is best known for the award-winning novel Fight Club, which was later made into a film directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter...

     - Invisible Monsters
    Invisible Monsters
    Invisible Monsters is a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, published in 1999. It is his third novel to be published, though it was his second written novel . The novel was originally supposed to be Palahniuk's first novel to be published, but it was rejected by the publisher for being too disturbing...

    and Survivor
  • Terry Pratchett
    Terry Pratchett
    Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE is an English novelist, known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series of comic fantasy novels...

     - The Fifth Elephant
    The Fifth Elephant
    The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. It introduces the clacks, a long-distance semaphore system. The novel was nominated for the Locus Award in 2000.-Plot summary:...

  • Kathy Reichs
    Kathy Reichs
    Kathleen Joan Toelle "Kathy" Reichs is an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist and academic . She is a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, but is currently on indefinite leave...

     - Death du Jour
  • Matthew Reilly
    Matthew Reilly
    Matthew John Reilly is an Australian action thriller writer. His novels are noted for their fast pace, twisting plots and intense action.- Biography :...

     - Temple
    Temple (novel)
    Temple is a thriller novel written by Australian author Matthew Reilly and first published in 1999. Like Reilly's other books, Temple's major attractions are the fast pace and the complexity of the action scenes....

  • J. K. Rowling
    J. K. Rowling
    Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE , better known as J. K. Rowling, is the British author of the Harry Potter fantasy series...

     - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third novel in the Harry Potter series written by J. K. Rowling. The book was published on 8 July 1999. The novel won the 1999 Whitbread Book Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the 2000 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, and was short-listed for other...

  • Louis Sachar
    Louis Sachar
    Louis Sachar is an American author of children's books who is best known for the Sideways Stories From Wayside School book series and the 1998 novel Holes, for which Sachar won a National Book Award and the Newbery Medal...

     - Holes
  • R. A. Salvatore - Vector Prime
    Vector Prime
    Vector Prime is a science fiction novel by American writer R. A. Salvatore and published in 1999. It is the first installment of the New Jedi Order series set in the Star Wars universe.-Summary:...

  • F. Tupper Saussy
    Tupper Saussy
    Frederick Tupper Saussy III was an American composer, musician, author, and artist. He was born in Statesboro, Georgia; grew up in Tampa, Florida; and graduated from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1958. His jazz combo there put out a university-subsidized album, Jazz at...

     - Rulers Of Evil
  • Neal Shusterman
    Neal Shusterman
    Neal Shusterman is a popular and successful American author of Young Adult literature.Shusterman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Even from a young age, Shusterman was an avid reader. At age 8, Shusterman sent a letter to E. B. White, informing him that he believed Charlotte's Web...

     - Downsiders
    Downsiders is an award-winning 1999 novel by Neal Shusterman.-Plot summary:The Downsiders which is located underneath New York City, is a secret community of over 5,000 people that are never allowed to travel to the Topside...

  • Michael Slade
    Michael Slade
    Michael Slade is the pen name of Canadian novelist Jay Clarke, a lawyer who has participated in more than 100 criminal cases and who specializes in criminal insanity. Before Clarke entered law school, his undergraduate studies focused on history...

     - Burnt Bones
  • Lemony Snicket
    Lemony Snicket
    Lemony Snicket is the pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler . Snicket is the author of several children's books, serving as the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events and appearing as a character within the series. Because of this, the name Lemony Snicket may refer to both a fictional...

     - The Reptile Room
    The Reptile Room
    The Reptile Room is a children's novel and the second of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It was later released in paperback under the title The Reptile Room; or, Murder! Having just escaped from the greedy and evil Count Olaf in the first book, the Baudelaire children are now...

  • Susan Sontag
    Susan Sontag
    Susan Sontag was an American author, literary theorist, feminist and political activist whose works include On Photography and Against Interpretation.-Life:...

     - In America
    In America (Sontag)
    In America is a 1999 novel by Susan Sontag which won the National Book Award in 2000. Although it is fiction, it is based upon the true story of the Polish actress Helena Modjeska , her arrival in California in 1876, and her ascendency to American stardom.Sontag was accused of plagiarism by Ellen...

  • Michael Stackpole - Isard's Revenge
    Isard's Revenge
    Isard's Revenge is the eighth novel in the Star Wars: X-wing series. It marks a return by writer Michael A. Stackpole to the series he created, after a hiatus of three novels by Aaron Allston...

  • Matthew Stadler
    Matthew Stadler
    Matthew Stadler is a writer and editor who lives in Portland, Oregon. He has written four novels and received several awards and fellowships in recognition of his work. More recently, he has compiled four anthologies about literature, city life and public life...

     - Allan Stein
    Allan Stein
    Allan Stein is a 1999 novel by Matthew Stadler. Its epigraph is a quotation from writer Gertrude Stein: "What is the use of being a boy if you grow up to become a man, what is the use?"...

  • Danielle Steel
    Danielle Steel
    Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel , better known as Danielle Steel, is an American romantic novelist and author of mainstream dramas....

     - Irresistible Forces
    Irresistible Forces
    Irresistible Forces is an album by Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, featuring Greg Osby, Gary Thomas, Mick Goodrick, Lonnie Plaxico and Naná Vasconcelos, recorded in 1987 and released on the MCA label...

  • Neal Stephenson
    Neal Stephenson
    Neal Town Stephenson is an American writer known for his works of speculative fiction.Difficult to categorize, his novels have been variously referred to as science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk...

     - Cryptonomicon
    Cryptonomicon is a 1999 novel by American author Neal Stephenson. The novel follows the exploits of two groups of people in two different time periods, presented in alternating chapters...

  • James B. Stewart
    James B. Stewart
    James Bennett Stewart is an American lawyer, journalist, and author.-Life and career:Stewart was born in Quincy, Illinois. A graduate of DePauw University and Harvard Law School, James B. Stewart is a member of the Bar of New York and Bloomberg Professor of Business and Economic Journalism at the...

     - Blind Eye
  • Koushun Takami
    Koushun Takami
    is the author of the novel Battle Royale, originally published in Japanese, and later translated into English by Yuji Oniki and published by Viz Media and, later, in an expanded edition by Haika Soru, a division of Viz Media....

     - Battle Royale
    Battle Royale
    thumb|260px|Cover of the 2009 expanded edition, ISBN 978-1-4215-2772-3 is a 1999 Japanese novel written by Koushun Takami. The story tells of schoolchildren who are forced to fight each other to the death....

  • Andrew Vachss
    Andrew Vachss
    Andrew Henry Vachss is an American crime fiction author, child protection consultant, and attorney exclusively representing children and youths...

     - Choice of Evil
  • Vernor Vinge
    Vernor Vinge
    Vernor Steffen Vinge is a retired San Diego State University Professor of Mathematics, computer scientist, and science fiction author. He is best known for his Hugo Award-winning novels and novellas A Fire Upon the Deep , A Deepness in the Sky , Rainbows End , Fast Times at Fairmont High ...

     - A Deepness in the Sky
    A Deepness in the Sky
    A Deepness in the Sky is a Hugo Award–winning science fiction novel by Vernor Vinge. Published in 1999, the novel is a loose prequel to his earlier novel A Fire Upon the Deep...

  • Jeanette Winterson
    Jeanette Winterson
    Jeanette Winterson OBE is a British novelist.-Early years:Winterson was born in Manchester and adopted on 21 January 1960. She was raised in Accrington, Lancashire, by Constance and John William Winterson...

     - The World and Other Places
    The World and Other Places
    The World and Other Places is a collection of short stories by Jeanette Winterson O.B.E in the style of postmodernism.Some of the contained short stories have been previously published in well known publications, such as The New Yorker. Winterson, like other postmodernists, plays with her words...

  • Robert Clark Young
    Robert Clark Young
    Robert Clark Young is an American author of novels, essays, short stories and journalism. Recurring themes in Young's fiction include the relation between alcoholism, the abuse of power, and institutional dysfunction in American life, while his nonfiction has recently focused on eldercare topics...

     - One of the Guys
    One of the Guys
    One of the Guys is an earnestly satirical and picaresque novel by Robert Clark Young, published in 1999, concerning the fantastical adventures of a man posing as a chaplain on a U.S...

  • Timothy Zahn
    Timothy Zahn
    Timothy Zahn is a writer of science fiction short stories and novels. His novella Cascade Point won the 1984 Hugo award. He is the author of nine Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, including seven novels featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn: the Thrawn Trilogy, the Hand of Thrawn duology, Outbound...

     - The Icarus Hunt
    The Icarus Hunt
    The Icarus Hunt is a science fiction novel by Timothy Zahn. It was first published in hardcover in August 1999, and was released in paperback in July 2000. It is an homage to the thriller novels of Alistair MacLean.-Plot summary:...

  • Roger Zelazny
    Roger Zelazny
    Roger Joseph Zelazny was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels, best known for his The Chronicles of Amber series...

     and Jane Lindskold
    Jane Lindskold
    Jane M. Lindskold is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels.Jane M. Lindskold was born in 1962, at the Columbia Hospital for Women. She is the first of four siblings: Ann M. Lindskold Nalley, Graydon M. Lindskold, and Susan M. Lindskold Speer. Lindskold's...

     - Lord Demon
    Lord Demon
    Lord Demon is a 1999 posthumous novel by Roger Zelazny completed by Jane Lindskold.It is a "scientific" fantasy built on favorite themes of Roger Zelazny, drawing on East Asian, Irish, and hero's quest myths...

New drama

  • David Mamet
    David Mamet
    David Alan Mamet is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter and film director.Best known as a playwright, Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize and received a Tony nomination for Glengarry Glen Ross . He also received a Tony nomination for Speed-the-Plow . As a screenwriter, he received Oscar...

     - Boston Marriage
    Boston Marriage (play)
    Boston Marriage is a 1999 play by American playwright David Mamet. The play concerns two women at the turn of the 20th century who are in a "Boston marriage," a relationship between two females that may involve both physical and emotional intimacy...

  • Frank McGuinness
    Frank McGuinness
    Professor Frank McGuinness is an award-winning Irish playwright and poet. As well as his own works, which include Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, he is recognised for a "strong record of adapting literary classics, having translated the plays of Racine, Sophocles, Ibsen and...

     - Dolly West's Kitchen
    Dolly West's Kitchen
    Dolly West's Kitchen is a dark Irish and deeply Chekhovian play written by playwright Frank McGuinness. Dolly West's Kitchen was first staged in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 1999. Set during the Second World War in the town of Buncrana, Co...

  • Keith Waterhouse
    Keith Waterhouse
    Keith Spencer Waterhouse CBE was a novelist, newspaper columnist, and the writer of many television series.-Biography:Keith Waterhouse was born in Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England...

     - Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
    Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
    Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell is a play by Keith Waterhouse about real-life journalist Jeffrey Bernard. Bernard was still alive at the time the play was first performed in the West End in 1989.Bernard wrote the "Low Life" column in The Spectator...


  • Dejan Stojanović, Sunce sebe gleda (The Sun Watches Itself), Književna reč, Beograd, 1999


  • The Dalai Lama
    Dalai Lama
    The Dalai Lama is a high lama in the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" branch of Tibetan Buddhism. The name is a combination of the Mongolian word далай meaning "Ocean" and the Tibetan word bla-ma meaning "teacher"...

     - Ancient Wisdom, Modern World
    Ancient Wisdom, Modern World
    Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for the new Millennium is a book of philosophical thought written by the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso published by Little, Brown/Abacus Press in 1999....

  • Wayson Choy
    Wayson Choy
    Wayson Choy, CM is a Canadian writer.-Early life:Choy was born in Vancouver in 1939. A Chinese Canadian, he spent his childhood in the city's Chinatown...

     - Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood
    Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood
    Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood is a memoir by Wayson Choy. It was first published in 1999 by Viking Canada.The book recounts Choy's experiences growing up in Vancouver's Chinatown in the 1940s and 1950s....

  • Freeman Dyson
    Freeman Dyson
    Freeman John Dyson FRS is a British-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician, famous for his work in quantum field theory, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering. Dyson is a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists...

     - The Sun, the Genome and the Internet
    The Sun, the Genome and the Internet
    The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet is a non-fiction scientific book by renowned physicist Freeman J. Dyson, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University in the U.S.A...

  • Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
    Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
    Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke B.A. , D.Phil. is a professor of Western Esotericism at University of Exeter and author of several books on esoteric traditions....

     - Paracelsus: Essential Readings.
  • Brian Greene
    Brian Greene
    Brian Greene is an American theoretical physicist and string theorist. He has been a professor at Columbia University since 1996. Greene has worked on mirror symmetry, relating two different Calabi-Yau manifolds...

     - The Elegant Universe
    The Elegant Universe
    The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory is a book by Brian Greene published in 1999, which introduces string and superstring theory, and provides a comprehensive though non-technical assessment of the theory and some of its shortcomings...

  • Deborah Harkness
    Deborah Harkness
    Deborah Harkness is an American scholar, novelist and wine enthusiast. She is a well-regarded historian of science and medicine, specializing in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries...

     - John Dee's Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature
  • Peter Jennings
    Peter Jennings
    Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, CM was a Canadian American journalist and news anchor. He was the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until his death in 2005 of complications from lung cancer...

     and Todd Brewster
    Todd Brewster
    -Biography:Brewster served as Senior Editorial Producer for ABC News and co-authored three books with the late Peter Jennings: The Century, The Century for Young People, and In Search of America...

     - The Century
  • S.T. Joshi - Sixty Years of Arkham House
    Sixty Years of Arkham House
    Sixty Years of Arkham House is a bibliography of books published from 1939 to 1999 under the imprints of Arkham House, Mycroft & Moran and Stanton & Lee. It was released in 1999 by Arkham House in an edition of approximately 3,500 copies. The book updates Thirty Years of Arkham House, 1939-1969: A...

  • Winona LaDuke
    Winona LaDuke
    Winona LaDuke is a Native American activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer. In 1996 and 2000, she ran for vice president as the nominee of the United States Green Party, on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader. In the 2004 election, however, she endorsed one of Nader's opponents, Democratic...

     - All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life
  • David Southwell
    David Southwell
    David Southwell is the author of a number of best-selling books on conspiracy theories and organized crime. He has also written scripts for Independent British comic books.- Biography :...

     - Conspiracy Theories (book)
  • Dejan Stojanović, Razgovori (Conversations), Književna reč, Beograd, 1999


  • February 8 - Iris Murdoch
    Iris Murdoch
    Dame Iris Murdoch DBE was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about political and social questions of good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious...

    , writer, aged 79
  • February 20 - Sarah Kane
    Sarah Kane
    Sarah Kane was an English playwright. Her plays deal with themes of redemptive love, sexual desire, pain, torture — both physical and psychological — and death. They are characterised by a poetic intensity, pared-down language, exploration of theatrical form and, in her earlier work, the use of...

    , playwright, aged 28
  • February 22 - William Bronk
    William Bronk
    William Bronk was an American poet. He won the National Book Award in 1982.-Life and work:William Bronk was born in a house on Lower Main Street in Fort Edward, New York. He had an older brother Sherman who died young and two older sisters, Jane and Betty...

    , poet, winner of the 1982 National Book Award
    National Book Award
    The National Book Awards are a set of American literary awards. Started in 1950, the Awards are presented annually to American authors for literature published in the current year. In 1989 the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization which now oversees and manages the National Book...

     aged 81
  • February 24 - Andre Dubus
    Andre Dubus
    Andre Dubus, II was an American short story writer, essayist, and autobiographer. Dubus is recognized as one of the most prolific American short-story writers in the 20th century.-Early life and education:...

    , writer
  • March 4 - Karel van het Reve
    Karel van het Reve
    Karel van het Reve was a Dutch writer, translator and literary historian, teaching and writing on Russian literature....

    , Dutch writer, aged 77
  • March 13 Garson Kanin
    Garson Kanin
    Garson Kanin was a prolific American writer and director of plays and films.-Film and stage career:...

    , American playwright and screenwriter
  • March 28 - Jim Turner
    Jim Turner (editor)
    Jim Turner was a United States editor and publisher. Turner was editor for Arkham House after the death of August Derleth. After leaving Arkham House, he founded Golden Gryphon Press.- Biography :...

    , editor, aged 54
  • May 10 - Shel Silverstein
    Shel Silverstein
    Sheldon Allan "Shel" Silverstein , was an American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter and author of children's books. He styled himself as Uncle Shelby in his children's books...

    , children's poet, aged 68
  • June 14 - J. F. Powers
    J. F. Powers
    J. F. Powers was a Roman Catholic American novelist and short-story writer who often drew his inspiration from developments in the Catholic Church, and was known for his studies of midwestern Catholic priests...

    , American writer, aged 81
  • July 2 - Mario Puzo
    Mario Puzo
    Mario Gianluigi Puzo was an American author and screenwriter, known for his novels about the Mafia, including The Godfather , which he later co-adapted into a film by Francis Ford Coppola...

    , writer (The Godfather
    The Godfather (novel)
    The Godfather is a crime novel written by Italian American author Mario Puzo, originally published in 1969 by G. P. Putnam's Sons. It details the story of a fictitious Sicilian Mafia family based in New York City and headed by Don Vito Corleone, who became synonymous with the Italian Mafia...

    ), aged 78
  • July 16 - John F. Kennedy, Jr.
    John F. Kennedy, Jr.
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. , often referred to as John F. Kennedy, Jr., JFK Jr., John Jr. or John-John, was an American socialite, magazine publisher, lawyer, and pilot. The elder son of U.S. President John F...

    , publisher, son of John F. Kennedy
    John F. Kennedy
    John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy , often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963....

    , aged 38 (airplane crash)
  • October 3 - Heinz G. Konsalik
    Heinz G. Konsalik
    Heinz G. Konsalik, pseudonym of Heinz Günther was a German novelist. Konsalik was his mother's maiden name.During the Second World War he was a war correspondent that provided many experiences for his novels....

    , writer, aged 78
  • October 19 - Nathalie Sarraute
    Nathalie Sarraute
    Nathalie Sarraute was a French lawyer and writer of Russian Jewish origin.-Life:Sarraute was born Natalia/Natacha Tcherniak in Ivanovo , 300 km north-east of Moscow in 1900 , and, following...

    , Russian born Francophone lawyer and writer
  • November 11 - Jacobo Timmerman, journalist and publisher
  • November 18 - Paul Bowles
    Paul Bowles
    Paul Frederic Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator.Following a cultured middle-class upbringing in New York City, during which he displayed a talent for music and writing, Bowles pursued his education at the University of Virginia before making various trips to Paris...

    , novelist
  • December 8 - Rupert Hart-Davis
    Rupert Hart-Davis
    Sir Rupert Charles Hart-Davis was an English publisher, editor and man of letters. He founded the publishing company Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd...

    , editor, publisher
  • December 12 - Joseph Heller
    Joseph Heller
    Joseph Heller was a US satirical novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His best known work is Catch-22, a novel about US servicemen during World War II...

    , American novelist (Catch-22
    Catch-22 is a satirical, historical novel by the American author Joseph Heller. He began writing it in 1953, and the novel was first published in 1961. It is set during World War II in 1943 and is frequently cited as one of the great literary works of the twentieth century...

    ), aged 76


  • The Australian/Vogel Literary Award
    The Australian/Vogel Literary Award
    The Australian/Vogel Literary Award is an Australian literary award for unpublished manuscripts by writers under the age of 35. The prize money, currently A$20,000, is the richest and most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript in Australia...

    : Hsu-Ming Teo, Love and Vertigo
  • C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry
    C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry
    The C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry is awarded annually as part of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, for a significant selection of new work by a poet published in a book. It is named after the early twentieth century vernacular poet C. J...

    : Gig Ryan
    Gig Ryan
    Gig Ryan, born Elizabeth Anna Martina Ryan, 5 November 1956, is an Australian poet, and daughter of notable Australian surgeon Peter John Ryan...

    , Pure and Applied
  • Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
    Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
    The Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry is awarded annually as part of the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards for a book of collected poems or for a single poem of substantial length published in book form...

    : Lee Cataldi
    Lee Cataldi
    Lee Cataldi is a contemporary Australian poet and linguist.-Biography:Lee Cataldi was born in Sydney during World War II when, owing to her Italian heritage, she was technically an 'enemy alien'. As a child she lived in Hobart, moving back to Sydney for university...

    , Race Against Time
  • Miles Franklin Award
    Miles Franklin Award
    The Miles Franklin Literary Award is an annual literary prize for the best Australian ‘published novel or play portraying Australian life in any of its phases’. The award was set up according to the will of Miles Franklin , who is best known for writing the Australian classic My Brilliant Career ...

    : Murray Bail
    Murray Bail
    Murray Bail is an Australian writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction.He was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He has lived most of his life in Australia except for sojourns in India and England and Europe...

    , Eucalyptus
    Eucalyptus (novel)
    Eucalyptus is a novel by Australian novelist Murray Bail. The book won the 1999 Miles Franklin Award and the 1999 Commonwealth Writers' Prize.-Plot introduction:...


  • Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction: Bonnie Burnard
    Bonnie Burnard
    Bonnie Burnard is a Canadian novelist.She grew up in Forest, Ontario, lived much of her life in Saskatchewan, and now lives in London, Ontario.-Awards:...

    : A Good House
    A Good House
    A Good House is a novel by Canadian writer Bonnie Burnard, published in 1999. It was the winner of that year's Giller Prize....

  • See 1999 Governor General's Awards
    1999 Governor General's Awards
    The winners of the 1999 Canadian Governor General's Literary Awards were announced by Jean-Louis Roux, Chairman, and Shirley L. Thomson, Director of the Canada Council for the Arts, at a press conference held on November 16 at the National Library of Canada...

     for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.


  • Prix Femina
    Prix Femina
    The Prix Femina is a French literary prize created in 1904 by 22 writers for the magazine La Vie heureuse . The prize is decided each year by an exclusively female jury, although the authors of the winning works do not have to be women...

    : Maryline Desbiolles
    Maryline Desbiolles
    Maryline Desbiolles is a French writer and winner of the Prix Femina, 1999, for Anchise.-References:...

  • Prix Goncourt
    Prix Goncourt
    The Prix Goncourt is a prize in French literature, given by the académie Goncourt to the author of "the best and most imaginative prose work of the year"...

    : Jean Echenoz
    Jean Echenoz
    Jean Echenoz is a French writer.Son of a psychiatrist, Echenoz studied in Rodez, Digne-les-Bains, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Paris, where he lives since 1970. He published his first book, Le méridien de Greenwich in 1979...

  • Prix Décembre
    Prix Décembre
    The Prix Décembre, originally known as the Prix Novembre, is one of France's premier literary awards. Its winners are generally far more radical choices than the more staid and conservative Prix Goncourt...

    : Claude Askolovitch,
  • Prix Médicis
    Prix Médicis
    The Prix Médicis is a French literary award given each year in November. It was founded in 1958 by Gala Barbisan and Jean-Pierre Giraudoux. It is awarded to an author whose "fame does not yet match his talent."...

     French: Michel Del Castillo
    Michel del Castillo
    Michel del Castillo is a French writer, born in Madrid.-Biography:Michel del Castillo was born in Madrid...

  • Prix Médicis
    Prix Médicis
    The Prix Médicis is a French literary award given each year in November. It was founded in 1958 by Gala Barbisan and Jean-Pierre Giraudoux. It is awarded to an author whose "fame does not yet match his talent."...

     Non-Fiction: Christian Oster,
  • Prix Médicis
    Prix Médicis
    The Prix Médicis is a French literary award given each year in November. It was founded in 1958 by Gala Barbisan and Jean-Pierre Giraudoux. It is awarded to an author whose "fame does not yet match his talent."...

     International: Bjorn Larsson
    Björn Larsson
    Björn Larsson is a Swedish game director, executive producer and game designer. Björn founded Iridon Interactive in 1998 publishing and producing titles including Total Soccer 2000 and Pure Pinball. In 2004, Björn rebranded Iridon to Legendo Entertainment to focus on computer and video games based...


United Kingdom

  • Booker Prize: J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace
  • Carnegie Medal
    Carnegie Medal
    The Carnegie Medal is a literary award established in 1936 in honour of Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and given annually to an outstanding book for children and young adults. It is awarded by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals...

     for children's literature
    Children's literature
    Children's literature is for readers and listeners up to about age twelve; it is often defined in four different ways: books written by children, books written for children, books chosen by children, or books chosen for children. It is often illustrated. The term is used in senses which sometimes...

    : Aidan Chambers
    Aidan Chambers
    Aidan Chambers is an award-winning British writer of novels for children and young adults.- Life and work :Born near Chester-le-Street, County Durham in 1934, Chambers was an only child, and a poor scholar; considered "slow" by his teachers, he did not learn to read fluently until the age of nine...

    , Postcards from No Man's Land
    Postcards from No Man's Land
    Postcards from No Man's Land is a young adult novel by Aidan Chambers. The book follows the experiences of 17-year-old Jacob Todd as he visits Amsterdam during the commemmoration of the Battle of Arnhem, in which his grandfather fought....

  • James Tait Black Memorial Prize
    James Tait Black Memorial Prize
    Founded in 1919, the James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are among the oldest and most prestigious book prizes awarded for literature written in the English language and are Britain's oldest literary awards...

     for fiction: Timothy Mo
    Timothy Mo
    Timothy Peter Mo is an Anglo-Chinese novelist. Born to a Welsh-Yorkshire mother and a Hong Kong Chinese father, Mo lived in Hong Kong until the age of 10 before he moved to Britain, studying at St John's College, Oxford.He self-publishes his books under the label "Paddleless Press".- Novels :*The...

    , Renegade, or Halo2
  • James Tait Black Memorial Prize
    James Tait Black Memorial Prize
    Founded in 1919, the James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are among the oldest and most prestigious book prizes awarded for literature written in the English language and are Britain's oldest literary awards...

     for biography: Kathryn Hughes
    Kathryn Hughes
    Kathryn Hughes is a British historian, biographer and journalist. Educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University and the University of East Anglia; her doctorate in Victorian History was developed into her first book, The Victorian Governess...

    , George Eliot
    George Eliot
    Mary Anne Evans , better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era...

    : The Last Victorian
  • Cholmondeley Award
    Cholmondeley Award
    The Cholmondeley Award is an annual award for poetry given by the Society of Authors in the United Kingdom. Awards honour distinguished poets, from a fund endowed by the late Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley in 1966...

    : Vicki Feaver
    Vicki Feaver
    Vicki Feaver is an English poet. She studied music at Durham University and English at University College, London, and later worked as a lecturer and tutor in English and Creative Writing at University College, Chichester, where she is an Emeritus Professor.She now lives with her psychiatrist...

    , Geoffrey Hill
    Geoffrey Hill
    Geoffrey Hill is an English poet, professor emeritus of English literature and religion, and former co-director of the Editorial Institute, at Boston University. Hill has been considered to be among the most distinguished poets of his generation...

    , Elma Mitchell
    Elma Mitchell
    Elma Mitchell is a British poet.-Life:She won a scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford, where she took a first in English in 1941....

    , Sheenagh Pugh
    Sheenagh Pugh
    Sheenagh Pugh is a British poet, novelist and translator who writes in the English language.-Life:Sheenagh Pugh studied languages at the University of Bristol. She now lives in Shetland but lived for many years in Cardiff and taught creative writing at the University of Glamorgan until retiring in...

  • Eric Gregory Award
    Eric Gregory Award
    The Eric Gregory Award is given by the Society of Authors to British poets under 30 on submission. The awards are up to a sum value of £24000 annually....

    : Ross Cogan, Matthew Hollis, Helen Ivory
    Helen Ivory
    Helen Ivory is an English poet, tutor and editor.She was born in Luton but has lived in Norwich since 1990. In 1999 she won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors....

    , Andrew Pidoux, Owen Sheers
    Owen Sheers
    Owen Sheers is a Welsh poet, author, playwright, actor and TV presenter.-Biography:Owen Sheers was born in Suva, Fiji in 1974 and brought up in Abergavenny, South Wales...

    , Dan Wyke
  • Orange Prize for Fiction
    Orange Prize for Fiction
    The Orange Prize for Fiction is one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary prizes, annually awarded to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English, and published in the United Kingdom in the preceding year...

    : Suzanne Berne
    Suzanne Berne
    Suzanne Berne is an American novelist known for her foreboding character studies involving unexpected domestic and psychological drama in bucolic suburban settings.-Life:...

    , A Crime in the Neighborhood
  • Samuel Johnson Prize
    Samuel Johnson Prize
    The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction is one of the most prestigious prizes for non-fiction writing. It was founded in 1999 following the demise of the NCR Book Award and based on an anonymous donation. The prize is named after Samuel Johnson...

    : Antony Beevor
    Antony Beevor
    Antony James Beevor, FRSL is a British historian, educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst. He studied under the famous military historian John Keegan. Beevor is a former officer with the 11th Hussars who served in England and Germany for five years before resigning his commission...

    , Stalingrad
    Stalingrad (book)
    Written by Antony Beevor, Stalingrad is a narrative history of the epic battle fought in and around the city of Stalingrad during World War II, as well as the events leading up to it and those which occurred after...

  • Whitbread Best Book Award
    1999 Whitbread Awards
    -Children's Book:Winner:*J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanShortlist:*Carol Ann Duffy, Meeting Midnight*Michael Morpurgo, Kensuke's Kingdom*Jacqueline Wilson, The Illustrated Mum-First Novel:Winner:...

    : Seamus Heaney
    Seamus Heaney
    Seamus Heaney is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer. He lives in Dublin. Heaney has received the Nobel Prize in Literature , the Golden Wreath of Poetry , T. S. Eliot Prize and two Whitbread prizes...

    , Beowulf

United States

  • Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
    Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
    The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize is a major American literary award for a first full-length book of poetry in the English language.This prize of the University of Pittsburgh Press in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA was initiated by Ed Ochester and developed by Frederick A. Hetzel. The prize is...

    : Daisy Fried
    Daisy Fried
    -Life:She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1989.Her work has appeared in The Nation, Poetry, The New Republic, American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Threepenny Review, Triquarterly....

    , She Didn't Mean To Do It
  • Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry
    Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry
    The Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry is an annual prize, administered by the Sewanee Review and the University of the South, awarded to a writer who has had a substantial and distinguished career. It was established through a bequest by Dr. K.P.A...

    : George Garrett
    George Garrett (poet)
    George Palmer Garrett. was an American poet and novelist. He was the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2002 to 2006. His novels include The Finished Man, Double Vision, and the Elizabethan Trilogy, composed of Death of the Fox, The Succession, and Entered from the Sun...

  • Arthur Rense Prize
    Arthur Rense Prize
    The Arthur Rense Prize was established in 1998 when Paige Rense started the award of $20,000 in memory of her husband, the sportswriter and poet Arthur Rense. The prize is given triennially to an exceptional poet by the American Academy of Arts and Letters....

     awarded to James McMichael
    James McMichael
    -Life:The Pasadena, California native received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. In 1970 he married his second wife, Phylinda Wallace, a translator, and has three children, Robert, Geoffrey and Owen....

     by the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry
    Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry
    The Bernard F. Conners Prize for Poetry is given by the Paris Review "for the finest poem over 200 lines published in The Paris Review in a given year", according to the magazine. The winner is awarded $1,000....

    : J.D. McClatchy
    J.D. McClatchy
    J. D. "Sandy" McClatchy is an American poet and literary critic. He is editor of the Yale Review and president of The American Academy of Arts and Letters.-Life:...

    , "Tattoos"
  • Compton Crook Award
    Compton Crook Award
    The Compton Crook Award is presented to the best first novel of the year in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror by the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc, at their annual Baltimore-area science fiction convention, Balticon, held on Memorial Day weekend in the...

    : James Stoddard, The High House
  • Frost Medal
    Frost Medal
    The Robert Frost Medal is an award of the Poetry Society of America for "distinguished lifetime service to American poetry." Medalists receive a prize purse of $2,500....

    : Barbara Guest
    Barbara Guest
    Barbara Guest née Barbara Ann Pinson was an American poet and prose stylist. Guest first gained recognition as a member of the first generation New York School of poetry....

  • Hugo Award
    Hugo Award
    The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

     for Best Novel: Connie Willis
    Connie Willis
    Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer. She has won eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for Blackout/All Clear...

    , To Say Nothing of the Dog
    To Say Nothing of the Dog
    To Say Nothing of the Dog: How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last is a 1997 comic science fiction novel by Connie Willis. It takes place in the same universe of time-traveling historians she explored in her story Fire Watch and novel Doomsday Book.To Say Nothing of the Dog won both the Hugo...

  • Nebula Award
    Nebula Award
    The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

    : Octavia E. Butler
    Octavia E. Butler
    Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.- Background :Butler...

    , Parable of the Talents
    Parable of the Talents (novel)
    Parable of the Talents is the second in a series of science fiction novels written by Octavia E. Butler and published in 1998.-Plot introduction:...

  • Newbery Medal
    Newbery Medal
    The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association . The award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The award has been given since 1922. ...

     for children's literature
    Children's literature
    Children's literature is for readers and listeners up to about age twelve; it is often defined in four different ways: books written by children, books written for children, books chosen by children, or books chosen for children. It is often illustrated. The term is used in senses which sometimes...

    : Louis Sachar
    Louis Sachar
    Louis Sachar is an American author of children's books who is best known for the Sideways Stories From Wayside School book series and the 1998 novel Holes, for which Sachar won a National Book Award and the Newbery Medal...

    , Holes
    Holes (novel)
    Holes is a Newbery Medal-winning novel by Louis Sachar. It was adapted into a screenplay for the 2003 film by Walt Disney Pictures. In 2006, Sachar published Small Steps, a companion novel featuring one of the characters from Holes.-Plot:...

  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was first awarded in 1918.From 1918 to 2006, the Drama Prize was unlike the majority of the other Pulitzer Prizes: during these years, the eligibility period for the drama prize ran from March 2 to March 1, to reflect the Broadway 'season' rather than the calendar year...

    : Margaret Edson
    Margaret Edson
    Margaret Edson is an American playwright. She graduated with a B.A. in Renaissance History from Smith College, and received a master's in English literature from Georgetown University...

    , Wit
    Wit (play)
    Wit is a play written by American playwright Margaret Edson. Edson used her work experience in a hospital as part of the inspiration for her play. Wit received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, California, in 1995...

  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
    Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
    The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been awarded for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. It originated as the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel, which was awarded between 1918 and 1947.-1910s:...

    : Michael Cunningham
    Michael Cunningham
    Michael Cunningham is an American writer, best known for his 1998 novel The Hours, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1999.-Early life and education:...

    , The Hours
    The Hours (novel)
    The Hours is a 1998 novel written by Michael Cunningham. It won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and was later made into an Oscar-winning 2002 movie of the same name starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.-Plot introduction:The book...

  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
    The Pulitzer Prize in Poetry has been presented since 1922 for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author. However, special citations for poetry were presented in 1918 and 1919.-Winners:...

    : Mark Strand
    Mark Strand
    Mark Strand is an American poet, essayist, and translator. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1990. Since 2005, he has been a professor of English at Columbia University.- Biography :...

    , Blizzard of One
  • Wallace Stevens Award: Jackson Mac Low
    Jackson Mac Low
    Jackson Mac Low was an American poet, performance artist, composer and playwright, known to most readers of poetry as a practioneer of systematic chance operations and other non-intentional compositional methods in his work, which Mac Low first experienced in the musical work of John Cage, Earle...


  • Finlandia Prize
    Finlandia Prize
    The Finlandia Prize is the most prestigious literary award in Finland by the Finnish Book Foundation. It is awarded annually to the author of the best novel written by a Finnish citizen , children's book , and non-fiction book...

    : 1999 Kristina Carlson, Maan ääreen
  • Premio Nadal
    Premio Nadal
    Premio Nadal is a Spanish literary prize awarded annually by the publishing house Ediciones Destino, part of Planeta. It has been awarded every year on January 6 since 1944...

    : Gustavo Martín Zarzo, Las historias de Marta y Fernando
  • Viareggio Prize
    Viareggio Prize
    The Viareggio Literary Prize is a prestigious Italian literary award, whose first edition was in 1930, and is named after the Tuscan city of Viareggio...

    : Ernesto Franco, Vite senza fine
  • IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: Andrew Miller
    Andrew Miller (novelist)
    Andrew Miller is an English novelist.He grew up in the West Country and has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland and France....

    , Ingenious Pain
    Ingenious Pain
    Ingenious Pain is the first novel by English author, Andrew Miller, released on 20th February 1997 through Sceptre. The novel received universal acclaim and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Italian Premio Grinzane Cavour...