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Dennis Lehane and Daniel Woodrell

Wednesday June 8, 2011
06:30 pm

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At this special event, bestselling author Dennis Lehane presented the 2011 Clifton Fadiman Medal to Daniel Woodrell for his novel The Death of Sweet Mister, an extraordinary coming of age story set in the Ozarks.


Daniel Woodrell has been called one of the best kept secrets in American literature and has a large following in Europe where he was long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award in 2000 and 2003. He is the author of eight books including Tomato Red which won the 1999 PEN Center USA award for fiction, Woe to Live On which was adapted into a movie by Ang Lee, and Winter’s Bone, recently adapted into an Oscar-nominated film of the same name. Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.


Dennis Lehane is the author of nine novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play.  Three of his novels have been made into motion pictures. Mr. Lehane was also a writer for HBO's The Wire.  He and his wife, Angie, divide their time between Boston and the Gulf Coast of Florida.


This award is generously sponsored by  Reba and Dave Williams.