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The Kiriyama Prize was established in 1996 to recognize outstanding books about the Pacific Rim and South Asia that encourage greater mutual understanding of and among the peoples and nations of this vast and culturally diverse region. The prize consists of a cash award split between the fiction and nonfiction winners. Each February, two panels of judges select five finalists in each category, fiction and nonfiction. The winners are chosen from among these finalists in late March. Along with the winners and finalists, the Kiriyama Prize also publishes an annual list of notable books in the fiction and nonfiction categories, which are also drawn from the judging process. Thus, each year, the Prize recognizes, celebrates and promotes a wide variety of worthwhile books. For more information, and to see the lists of nominees and other notable books eligible for this award, click on the The Official Kiriyama Prize web site.

[Note: No prize was given in 2003. After the 2008 Kiriyama Prize was awarded, the organizers put this award on hiatus, pending restructuring.]

The titles in this list are "hotlinked" to the library's catalog, for all those titles currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. For titles not currently owned by our system, please consider requesting them through our Interlibrary Loan service.

The Kiriyama Prize winners -- 1996 to present

2008
Fiction Lloyd Jones Mister Pip
Non-Fiction Julia Whitty The Fragile Edge: Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific
2007
Fiction Haruki Murakami Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: 24 Stories
Non-Fiction Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time [915.491 Mor]
2006
Fiction Luis Alberto Urrea The Hummingbird's Daughter
Non-Fiction Piers Vitebsky The Reindeer People
2005
Fiction Nadeem Aslam Maps for Lost Lovers
Non-Fiction Suketu Mehta Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
2004
Fiction Sa Shan The Girl Who Played Go
Non-Fiction Inga Clendinnen Dancing With Strangers
2002
Fiction Rohinton Mistry Family Matters
Non-Fiction Pascal Khoo Thwe From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey [959.1 Thw]
2001
Fiction Patricia Grace Dogside Story
Non-Fiction Peter Hessler River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze [915.138 Hes]
2000
Fiction Michael Ondaatje Anil's Ghost
Non-Fiction Michael David Kwan Things That Must Not Be Forgotten: A Childhood in Wartime China [B K985]
1999
Fiction Zheng Qingwen, various translators Three-Legged Horse
Non-Fiction Andrew X. Pham Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Journey Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam [305.8 VieYp]
1998
Fiction Ruth L. Ozeki My Year of Meats
1997
Non-Fiction Patrick Smith Japan: A Reinterpretation [952 Smi]
1996
Fiction Alan Brown Audrey Hepburn's Neck

Originally posted December 2007
Last updated July 2009 sdc

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