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2008 Literary Honors for Ransom Center Authors


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Honors for writers whose papers are housed at the Ransom Center

National Book Award
Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country

Shortlist for Man Booker Prize
Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture

Costa Book of the Year
Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture

Costa Prize for fiction
Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture

Finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction
Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture

The National Endowment for the Arts added Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried to The Big Read library.

The New York Times's 10 Best Books of the Year
Julian Barnes's Nothing to Be Frightened Of

The Economist's Best Fiction and Memoirs
Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture

Washington Post Best Books of 2008
Julian Barnes's Nothing to Be Frightened Of

NPR: Alan Cheuse's Top Fiction Picks for 2008
Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country

Los Angeles Times's Favorite Fiction and Poetry
Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country

The Telegraph's Best Biographies
Julian Barnes's Nothing to Be Frightened Of

Sunday Times Best Memoirs
Simon Gray's Coda

Amazon Customers' Best Books of 2008
Alan Furst's Spies of Warsaw

Honors for books that used Ransom Center materials

Los Angeles Times's Best Nonfiction
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (Edited by Thomas Travisano with Saskia Hamilton)

Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year 2008
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (Edited by Thomas Travisano with Saskia Hamilton)

Washington Post Best Books of 2008
Andrew Lycett's The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes

The Spectator's Books of the Year
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (Edited by Thomas Travisano with Saskia Hamilton)