Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Literary News

Murakami Wins Short Story Prize
by Lawrence Van Gelder
Published September 27, 2006 in the New York Times

Haruki Murakami of Japan has won the second Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, a $44,700 prize billed as the world's richest for short stories, The Guardian of London reported. Mr. Murakami is to share his prize for "Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: Twenty-Four Stories" (Knopf) with his translators, Philip Gabriel and Jay Rubin. When the announcement of the winner was made in Cork, Ireland, the hometown of O'Connor (1903- 1966), the jury hailed Mr. Murakami as "a master of prose fiction," saying he "writes with great integrity, unafraid of dealing with tough and difficult situations between people who constantly misunderstand each other."

Read my January 4, 2006 blog entry about reading Murakami's book, "Kafka on the Shore."

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