Alert! According to correspondence seen by BOOK SA, Alistair Morgan has won the 2009 Paris Review‘s Plimpton Prize for Fiction, which is awarded to “the best new fiction writer who has appeared in the magazine” the previous year.
Not one, but two of Morgan’s stories appeared in the venerable literary journal in 2008: “Iceberg” and “Departure”. His first novel, meanwhile, Sleeper’s Wake, will be published by Penguin later this year.
Writing to Morgan to inform him of the good news, Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch said:
“Named after George Plimpton who edited the magazine for its first fifty years, the prize carries a $10,000 purse, and is presented each April at the our spring Revel, our fundraising bash in New York.”
The judges were Paris Review founder Peter Matthiessen, New York Review of Books editor Robert Silvers and Stephen Gaghan (Oscar-winning writer/director of Traffic and Syriana). According to the letter, the vote was unanimous.
Gourevitch continued, “This is the first time that I’m aware of that the prize has gone to a non-American, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Congratulations… now, we have to make sure that you will be with us on Monday night April 14 in New York to be feted and fussed over… The evening always honors a living master of our literature with the magazine’s Hadada Award (named after the noisy African bird, which was Plimpton’s favorite).”
BOOK SA joins Gourevitch in congratulating Morgan!
- The Paris Review Anthology by George Plimpton
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