Press Release: Prizes and Awards
Adam Kirsch And Marcela Valdes Win The Center For Fiction's First Roger Shattuck Prizes For Criticism
Posted at 7:31PM Thursday 22 Apr 2010
The 2010 Roger Shattuck Prizes for Criticism were presented by the Center for Fiction at "The Future of Criticism," a one-day conference that was held at the Center on April 17th to explore the future of literary criticism and honor Roger Shattuck, the late distinguished scholar, writer and literary critic. The annual Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism is devoted to the support and encouragement of emerging critics. Each year, two deserving critics will receive this award, which includes a $5,000 cash prize.
Adam Kirsch is an American poet and literary critic. He is an editor at The New Republic and a columnist for Tablet Magazine. He writes regularly for The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement and other magazines and is a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine. Kirsch is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Invasions, as well as several books about poetry, most recently, The Modern Element: Essays on Contemporary Poetry (2008).
Marcela Valdes writes for The Nation, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and Bookforum, among other publications. She is the books editor of The Washington Examiner and a contributing editor for Publishers Weekly. Valdes specializes in writing about Latin American arts and culture. She is currently the 2010 Arts and Culture Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Roger Shattuck was one of America's most provocative literary critics, essayists and, for many, the most penetrating interpreter of Proust in our time. His biography of Proust won the National Book Award in 1975; a series of books and articles analyzing Proust's novel became pivotal works for all serious Proust readers. Shattuck taught at Harvard, the University of Texas, the University of Virginia and Boston University, from which he retired in 1997. His primary concern was the state of serious writing about literature. He was a founding member of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics and continued to write reviews and publish well into his retirement. He passed away in December 2005.
"We are very grateful to the Shattuck family for their generous support of the annual Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism," said Noreen Tomassi, director of The Center for Fiction. "Thanks to their generosity, The Center for Fiction is now home to much of Roger Shattuck's personal library and papers, an archive housed on the sixth floor of our building and open by appointment to scholars and the public."
The Center for Fiction is the only organization in the U.S. solely devoted 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. www.centerforfiction.org