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The year 2008 in literature involved some significant events and new books.

Events



  • January 1 â€" In the UK's 2008 New Year Honours List, Hanif Kureishi (CBE), Jenny Uglow (OBE), Peter Vansittart (OBE) and Debjani Chatterjee (MBE) are all rewarded for "services to literature".
  • May 7â€"11 â€" First Palestine Festival of Literature.
  • June 15 â€" Gore Vidal, asked in a New York Times interview how he felt about the death of his great rival William F. Buckley, Jr., replies: "I thought hell is bound to be a livelier place, as he joins forever those whom he served in life, applauding their prejudices and fanning their hatred."
  • July â€" Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children is the winner of a poll to select the "Best of the Booker".
  • First Twitter novels appear.

Books



Prose fiction

  • Aravind Adiga â€" The White Tiger and Between the Assassinations (November 1)
  • Uwem Akpan â€" Say You’re One of Them
  • Paul Auster â€" Man in the Dark
  • Henry Bauchau â€" Le Boulevard périphérique
  • John Berger â€" From A to X
  • Charles Bock â€" Beautiful Children (January 22)
  • Roberto Bolaño â€" 2666: A Novel (November 11)
  • Christopher Buckley â€" Supreme Courtship (September 3)
  • Alastair Campbell â€" All in the Mind (October 30)
  • Martín Caparrós â€" A quien corresponda
  • Eleanor Catton â€" The Rehearsal
  • Wendy Coakley-Thompson â€" Triptych (December 18)
  • Robert Crais â€" Chasing Darkness
  • Klaus Ebner â€" Hominid (October 1)
  • Ralph Ellison (edited by John F. Callahan) â€" Three Days Before the Shooting... (posthumously published manuscript)
  • Mathias Énard â€" Zone (August 15)
  • Sebastian Faulks â€" Devil May Care (James Bond continuation novel)
  • Keith Gessen â€" All the Sad Young Literary Men (April 10)
  • Juan Goytisolo â€" Exiled from Almost Everywhere
  • Lauren Groff â€" The Monsters of Templeton (February 5)
  • Johan Harstad â€" DARLAH
  • Zoë Heller â€" The Believers (September 24)
  • Aleksandar Hemon â€" The Lazarus Project (May 1)
  • Samantha Hunt â€" The Invention of Everything Else (February 7)
  • Siri Hustvedt â€" The Sorrows of an American (April 1)
  • Karl Iagnemma â€" The Expeditions (January 15)
  • Robert Juan-Cantavella â€" El Dorado
  • Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs (posthumous) â€" And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks (November 1; written 1945)
  • Christian Kracht â€" Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten (September)
  • László Krasznahorkai â€" Seiobo There Below
  • Jhumpa Lahiri â€" Unaccustomed Earth (April 1)
  • Kelly Link â€" Pretty Monsters (October 2)
  • David Lodge â€" Deaf Sentence (May 1)
  • James McBride â€" Song Yet Sung (February 5)
  • Joe McGinniss Jr. â€" The Delivery Man (January 15)
  • Lydia Millet â€" How the Dead Dream (January 25)
  • Toni Morrison â€" A Mercy (November 11)
  • Nunoe Mura â€" GeGeGe no Nyōbō
  • Joyce Carol Oates â€" My Sister, My Love (June 24)
  • Chuck Palahniuk â€" Snuff (May 20)
  • Arturo Perez-Reverte â€" The Painter of Battles (January 8)
  • Jodi Picoult â€" Change of Heart (March 4)
  • José Luis Rodríguez Pittí â€" Sueños urbanos
  • Richard Price â€" Lush Life (March 4)
  • Ruth Rendell â€" Portobello (November 20)
  • Nina Revoyr â€" The Age of Dreaming
  • Nathaniel Rich â€" The Mayor's Tongue (April 8)
  • Marilynne Robinson â€" Home (September 2)
  • Charlotte Roche â€" Feuchtgebiete (February 25)
  • Philip Roth â€" Indignation (September 16)
  • Salman Rushdie â€" The Enchantress of Florence (June 3)
  • Will Self â€" The Butt
  • Curtis Sittenfeld â€" American Wife (September 2)
  • Sjón â€" Rökkurbýsnir (Icelandic title) From the Mouth of the Whale (October 23)
  • Tom Rob Smith â€" Child 44
  • John Updike â€" The Widows of Eastwick (October 28)
  • Tobias Wolff â€" Our Story Begins (March 25)

Horror Fiction

  • Stephen King â€" Duma Key (January 22)
  • Matthew J. Costello â€" Doom 3: Worlds on Fire (February 26)
  • Stephenie Meyer â€" Breaking Dawn (August 2)

Children's and young adults' fiction

  • Eoin Colfer â€" Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox (July 15)
  • Keith Gray - Ostrich Boys (July 15)
  • John Green â€" Paper Towns (October 16)
  • Brian Greene â€" Icarus At The Edge Of Time
  • Charlie Higson â€" Young Bond: By Royal Command (September 3)
  • Tōru Honda and Kasumu Kirino â€" Light Novel no Tanoshii Kakikata (February 15)
  • Minoru Kawakami and Satoyasu â€" Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere
  • D. J. MacHale â€" Raven Rise (May 20)
  • Jenny Nimmo â€" Charlie Bone and the Shadow of Badlock (June 1)
  • Garth Nix â€" Superior Saturday (May 5)
  • Christopher Paolini â€" Brisingr (September 20)
  • Angie Sage â€" Queste (April 8)
  • Michael Salzhauer â€" My Beautiful Mommy

Science fiction and fantasy

  • Douglas Preston â€" Blasphemy (January 8)
  • Jim Butcher â€" Small Favor (April 1) (Harry Dresden #10)
  • Cornelia Funke â€" Inkdeath (October 7)
  • Patricia A. McKillip â€" The Bell at Sealey Head (September 2)
  • Matthew Stover â€" Caine Black Knife (October 14)
  • Brent Weeks â€" The Way of Shadows

New drama

  • Salvatore Antonio â€" In Gabriel's Kitchen
  • Howard Brenton â€" Never So Good
  • Mary Higgins Clark â€" Where Are You Now?
  • Nicholas de Jongh â€" Plague Over England
  • Sam Holcroft â€" Coackroach
  • Lynn Nottage â€" Ruined
  • Tyler Perry â€" The Marriage Counselor
  • Taavi Vartia â€" Kaikkien aikojen Pertsa ja Kilu

Poetry

Non-fiction

  • The Academi â€" Encyclopaedia of Wales / Gwyddoniadur Cymru (January)
  • Julie Andrews â€" Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (April 1)
  • Dan Ariely â€" Predictably Irrational (February 19)
  • Margaret Atwood â€" Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (October 1)
  • Dionne Brand â€" A Kind of Perfect Speech: The Ralph Gustafson Lecture, Malaspina University College October 19, 2006
  • Augusten Burroughs â€" A Wolf at the Table (April 29)
  • Michael Chabon â€" Maps and Legends (May 1)
  • Sloane Crosley â€" I Was Told There'd Be Cake (April 1)
  • John Duignan â€" The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology (October 7)
  • Eminem â€" The Way I Am (October 21)
  • Richard Florida â€" Who's Your City? (March)
  • Haruki Murakami (trans. Philip Gabriel) â€" What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (July 29)
  • Frances Osborne â€" The Bolter: Idina Sackville â€" the woman who scandalised 1920s society and became White Mischief's infamous seductress
  • David Sedaris â€" When You Are Engulfed in Flames (June 3)
  • Ronnie Thompson (pseudonym) â€" Screwed: The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer (January 24)
  • Bjørn Christian Tørrissen â€" One for the Road (January 31; translation of I pose og sekk!, 2005)
  • Barbara Walters â€" Audition: A Memoir (May 6)
  • Russell Wangersky â€" Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself
  • Meralda Warren and others â€" Mi Base side orn Pitcairn ("My Favourite Place on Pitcairn", first book published in Pitkern creole)
  • Dagmar S. Wodko, Britta Irslinger and Carolin Schneider, ed. â€" Nomina im Indogermanischen Lexikon

Philosophy

  • Kwame Anthony Appiah â€" Experiments in Ethics
  • Raymond Geuss â€" Philosophy and Real Politics

Awards and honors



  • Camões Prize: João Ubaldo Ribeiro
  • Canada Reads: Paul Quarrington, King Leary
  • Carnegie Medal for children's literature: Philip Reeve, Here Lies Arthur
  • Europe Theatre Prize: Patrice Chéreau
  • IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: Rawi Hage, De Niro's Game
  • Lambda Literary Awards: Multiple categories; see 2008 Lambda Literary Awards.
  • Man Booker Prize: Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
  • Miles Franklin Award: Steven Carroll, The Time We Have Taken
  • National Book Award for Fiction: to Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen
  • National Book Critics Circle Award: to 2666 by Roberto Bolaño
  • Nobel Prize in Literature: J. M. G. Le Clézio
  • Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction: to The Road Home by Rose Tremain
  • PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: Kate Christensen, The Great Man
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Junot Diaz, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • Scotiabank Giller Prize: Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce
  • Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year: The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais, Philip M. Parker
  • Newbery Medal for children's literature: Laura Amy Schlitz, Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
  • Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction: Bruce Serafin, Stardust
  • Dayne Ogilvie Prize: Main award, Zoe Whittall; honours of distinction, Brian Francis, John Miller.
  • Governor General's Awards: Multiple categories; see 2008 Governor General's Awards.
  • Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize: Miriam Toews, The Flying Troutmans
  • Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction: Taras Grescoe, Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood
  • Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award: Michael Winter

Deaths



  • January 2 â€" George MacDonald Fraser, Scottish novelist and screenplay writer (born 1925)
  • January 3 â€" Henri Chopin, French poet (born 1922)
  • January 11 â€" Nancy Phelan, Australian writer (born 1913)
  • January 13 â€" Patricia Verdugo, Chilean journalist and writer (born 1947)
  • January 16 â€" Hone Tuwhare, New Zealand poet (born 1922)
  • January 17 â€" Edward D. Hoch, American detective fiction writer (born 1930)
  • January 26
    • John Ardagh, Nyasaland-born English journalist and writer (born 1928)
    • Abraham Brumberg, American writer and editor (born 1926)
  • January 29 â€" Margaret Truman, American crime novelist and singer (born 1924)
  • January 30 â€" Miles Kington, Northern Irish-born English journalist and writer (born 1941)
  • February 4 â€" Rose Hacker, English writer and journalist (born 1906)
  • February 7 â€" Richard Altick, American literary historian (born 1915)
  • February 8 â€" Phyllis A. Whitney, Japan-born American mystery writer (born 1903)
  • February 10 â€" Steve Gerber, American comic book writer (born 1947)
  • February 18 â€" Alain Robbe-Grillet, French novelist (born 1922)
  • February 21
    • Archie Hind, Scottish novelist (born 1928)
    • Robin Moore, American novelist and memoirist (born 1925)
  • February 22 â€" Stephen Marlowe, American science fiction and crime writer (born 1928)
  • February 28
    • Julian Rathbone, English novelist (born 1935)
    • (probable) Val Plumwood (Val Routley), Australian philosopher (born 1939)
  • March 16 â€" Jonathan Williams, American poet (born 1929)
  • March 19
    • Arthur C. Clarke, English science fiction writer and futurologist (born 1917)
    • Hugo Claus, Belgian writer in Flemish and English (born 1929)
  • March 23 â€" E. A. Markham, Montserrat poet, writer and activist (born 1939)
  • April 3 â€" Andrew Crozier, English poet and scholar (born 1943)
  • April 7 â€" Ludu Daw Amar, Burmese writer and journalist (born 1915)
  • April 13 â€" Robert Greacen, Irish poet (born 1920)
  • April 17
    • Aimé Césaire, Martinique poet and writer in French (born 1913)
    • Zoya Krakhmalnikova, Russian writer and editor (born 1929)
  • April 18
    • Michael de Larrabeiti, English young-adult novelist and travel writer (born 1934)
    • William W. Warner, American biologist and Pulitzer Prize writer (born 1920)
  • May 1 â€" Elaine Dundy, American novelist, biographer and playwright (born 1921)
  • May 9 â€" Nuala O'Faolain, Irish critic and writer (born 1940)
  • May 11 â€" Jeff Torrington, Scottish novelist (born 1935)
  • May 12 â€" Oakley Hall, American novelist (born 1920)
  • May 14 â€" Roy Heath, Guyanese novelist (born 1926)
  • May 19 â€" Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright (born 1928)
  • May 23 â€" Alan Brien, english journalist and novelist (born 1925)
  • May 28 â€" Elinor Lyon, English children's writer (born 1921)
  • June 2 â€" Ferenc FejtÅ', Hungarian-born French historian and journalist (born 1909)
  • June 4 â€" Matthew Bruccoli, American biographer and scholar (born 1931)
  • June 5 â€" Angus Calder, British writer and scholar (born 1942)
  • June 8 â€" Peter Rühmkorf, German poet and writer (born 1929)
  • June 9 â€" Algis Budrys (John A. Sentry), American science fiction writer of Lithuanian origin (born 1931)
  • June 10
    • Chinghiz Aitmatov, Kyrgyz writer in Kyrgyz and Russian (born 1928)
    • Eliot Asinof, American novelist and baseball writer (born 1919)
  • June 16 â€" Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian novelist (born 1921)
  • June 18 â€" Tasha Tudor, American children's writer and illustrator (born 1915)
  • June 22 â€" Albert Cossery, Egyptian-born French novelist (born 1913)
  • June 24 â€" Ruth Cardoso, Brazilian anthropologist and writer (born 1930)
  • June 25 â€" Lyall Watson, South African scientist and new age writer (born 1939)
  • June 27 â€" Lenka Reinerová, Czech writer in German (born 1916)
  • July 1
    • Clay Felker, American magazine editor and journalist (born 1925)
    • Robert Harling, English typographer and novelist (born 1910)
  • July 2 â€" Simone Ortega, Spanish cookery writer (born 1919)
  • July 4
    • Thomas M. Disch, American science fiction author and poet. (born 1940)
    • Janwillem van de Wetering, Dutch novelist and writer in Dutch and English (born 1931)
  • July 20 â€" Roger Wolcott Hall, American memoirist and novelist (born 1919)
  • July 27 â€" Bob Crampsey, Scottish writer (born 1930)
  • July 30 â€" Peter Coke, English playwright (born 1913)
  • August 3 â€" Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and Nobel laureate (born 1918)
  • August 7 â€" Simon Gray, English playwright and memoirist (born 1936)
  • August 9 â€" Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet (born 1942)
  • August 11 â€" George Furth, American playwright (born 1932)
  • August 17 â€" Dave Freeman, American writer and advertising executive (born 1961)
  • August 23 â€" John Russell, English art critic (born 1919)
  • August 25 â€" Ahmed Faraz (Syed Akhmad Shah), Pakistani poet in Urdu (born 1931)
  • August 31 â€" Ken Campbell, English novelist and playwright (born 1941)
  • September 5 â€" Robert Giroux, American editor and publisher (born 1914)
  • September 7 â€" Gregory Mcdonald, American mystery writer (born 1937)
  • September 12 â€" David Foster Wallace, American novelist (born 1962)
  • September 17 â€" James Crumley, American crime writer (born 1939)
  • September 20 â€" Duncan Glen, Scottish poet, critic and literary historian (born 1933)
  • September 23 â€" William Woodruff, English historian and autobiographer (born 1916)
  • September 29 â€" Hayden Carruth, American poet and literary critic (born 1921)
  • October 4 â€" Peter Vansittart, English novelist and historical writer (born 1920)
  • October 14 â€" Barrington J. Bayley, English science fiction writer (born 1937)
  • October 26 â€" Tony Hillerman, American mystery writer (born 1925)
  • October 27 â€" Es'kia Mphahlele, South African writer in English (born 1919)
  • October 29 â€" William Wharton (Albert William Du Aime), American novelist (born 1925)
  • October 31 â€" Studs Terkel, American historian and broadcaster (born 1912)
  • November 4 â€" Michael Crichton, American writer and scholar (born 1942)
  • December 1 â€" Dorothy Sterling, American non-fiction writer for children and historian (born 1913)
  • December 15 â€" Anne-Catharina Vestly, Norwegian children's book author (born 1920)
  • December 24 â€" Harold Pinter, English playwright and screenwriter (born 1930).
  • December 31 â€" Donald E. Westlake, American novelist (born 1933)

References




See also


2008 in literature
  • List of literary awards
  • List of poetry awards
  • 2008 in comics
  • 2008 in Australian literature

2008 in literature

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