Uncategorized | March 05, 2004

Edward P. Jones, author of the Pen/Hemingway Award winning collection of short stories, Lost in the City, has just won the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction (here’s another link to an article in Newsday about the award) for his new novel, The Known World. The other nominees in fiction were: Monica Ali’s, Brick Lane, Tobias Wolff’s, Old School, Caryl Phillips’s, A Distant Shore and Richard Powers’s, The Time of Our Singing. In an interview with the Associated Press earlier this year, Jones said of writing this novel, which took him ten years: “There were days I decided I wasn’t in the mood, so I just put it off.” It’s easy to like a writer who’ll admit to that, easier when they write as well as Edward P. Jones.