Press Release: Prizes and Awards
Jamaica Kincaid Winner Of Center For Fiction's Clifton Fadiman Award
Posted at 6:17PM Thursday 25 Mar 2010
The Center for Fiction's Clifton Fadiman Medal, named for one of America's foremost men of letters in the twentieth century, is awarded to a living American author in recognition of a work of fiction published more than ten years ago that deserves renewed notice and introduction to a new generation of readers. The recipient of the Clifton Fadiman Medal receives $5000.
Each year, the Center for Fiction asks a distinguished writer to select the Fadiman award winner. For 2010, the selector, Jane Smiley, has chosen Ms. Kincaid for her 1985 novel, Annie John.
The Medal will be presented by Jane Smiley to Jamaica Kincaid at The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, at 6 pm on Thursday, April 14.
Previous Fadiman Medal recipients include Elizabeth Hardwick for her novel Sleepless Nights, Shirley Hazzard for The Transit of Venus, Alexander Theroux for Darconville's Cat, Joan Didion for A Book of Common Prayer, James Purdy for Eustace Chisholm and the Works, Robert Coover for Pricksongs and Descants, and Lore Segal for Other People's Houses.
The Clifton Fadiman Medal is generously sponsored by Reba and Dave Williams.
Jamaica Kincaid's first piece of fiction was published in The New Yorker in 1978, and later became part of her first book At the Bottom of the River (1983), which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the Morton Darwen Zabel Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Two years later, she published her first novel, Annie John , which was selected as one of three finalists for the 1985 international Ritz Paris Hemingway Award. Kincaid's 1996 book, The Autobiography of My Mother, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction during 1997. Kincaid's major works include A Small Place (1988), Lucy (1990), The Autobiography of My Mother (1996), My Brother (1997), Talk Stories (2000), My Garden (Book) (2001), and Mr. Potter (2002). Her most recent book, Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya, was published in 2005. Kincaid is currently at work on a new novel, See Now Then.
Jane Smiley's newest novel, Private Life, will be published on May 4. She is the author of 12 other novels, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992.
The Center for Fiction is the only organization in the U.S. devoted solely to fiction. The Center encourages people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. With all its resources, including an exceptional book collection, beautiful reading room, expanding website, and ever-growing array of creative programs, The Center seeks to serve the reading public, to build a larger audience for fiction, and to create a place where readers and writers can share their passion for literature.