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Press release: William Saroyan International Prize for Writing 2014 Shortlist



William Saroyan

Stanford University Libraries announces shortlist for the sixth William Saroyan International Prize for Writing (Saroyan Prize).

The awards are intended to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. The Saroyan Prize recognizes newly published works of both fiction and non-fiction. A prize of $5,000 will be awarded in each category. Winners and finalists will be announced this summer.


  • Gun Dealers' Daughter by Gina Apostol (W.W. Norton & Co.)
  • Western Avenue and Other Fictions by Fred Arroyo (The Univ. of Arizona Press)
  • Y by Marjorie Celona (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson (Bloomsbury)
  • This Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila (Hogarth)
  • Birds of Paradise Lost by Andrew Lam (Red Hen Press)
  • Long Division by Kiese Laymon (Bolden Books, Agate)
  • The Facades by Eric Lundgren (Overlook Press)
  • A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Huracan by Diana McCaulay (Peepal Tree Press)
  • The Translator by Nina Schuyler (Pegasus Books)
  • The Celestials by Karen Shepard (Tin House Books)
  • In the Land of Birdfishes by Rebecca Silver Slayter (HarperCollins)
  • Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith (Tin House Books)
  • Godforsaken Idaho by Shawn Vestal (Little A / New Harvest)


  • To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
         by Cris Beam (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
         by Daniel James Brown (Viking)
  • We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust
         by Ellen Cassedy (Univ. of Nebraska Press)
  • The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
         by Margalit Fox (HarperCollins Publishers, Ecco)
  • The Distance Between Us
         by Reyna Grande (Washington Square Press)
  • Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation
         by Yossi Klein Halevi (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Telling Our Way to the Sea: A Voyage of Discovery in the Sea of Cortez
         by Aaron Hirsh (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century
         by David Laskin (Viking)
  • River Bend Chronicle: The Junkification of a Boyhood Idyll Amid the Curious Glory of Urban Iowa
         by Ben Miller  (Lookout Books, Univ. North Carolina Wilmington)
  • Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir
         by Deborah A. Miranda (Heyday)
  • The Man with the Bionic Brain: And Other Victories Over Paralysis
         by Jon Mukand (Chicago Review Press)
  • A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story
         by Qais Akbar Omar (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Slowspoke: A Unicyclist's Guide to America
         by Mark Schimmoeller (Synandra Press)
  • God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
         by Victoria Sweet (Riverhead Books)
  • The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers - and the Coming Cashless Society
         by David Wolman (Da Capo Press)

To read the entire press release and for more information, see the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, Press Release: 2014 web page.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

by Sonia Lee

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