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2015 in Literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in
The date in brackets after a title refers to U.S. publication unless otherwise stated.
Children and young people
January 1 - Miller Williams, American poet, 84 (born 1930)  
January 4 - Michele Serros, American novelist, poet, and staff writer, 48 (born 1966)  
January 10 - Robert Stone, American novelist, 77 (born 1937) 
January 12 - John Bayley, novelist and critic, 89 (born 1925) 
January 25 - John Leggett, American author and academic, 97 (born 1917)
January 27 - Suzette Haden Elgin, American linguist and science fiction author, 78 (born 1936) 
January 28 - Lionel Gilbert, Australian historian, author, and academic, 90 (born 1924)
January 29 - Colleen McCullough, Australian author, 77 (born 1937) 
February 14 - Philip Levine, American poet laureate, 87 (born 1928)  
February 28 - Ya?ar Kemal, Turkish writer and intellectual (born 1923)
March 12 - Sir Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels, 66 ( posterior cortical atrophy, born 1948) 
March 18 - Grace Ogot, Kenyan writer, 84 (born 1930)
March 26 - Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet, translator, and Nobel prizewinner, 83 (born 1931)  
April 9 - Ivan Doig, American novelist, 75 (born 1939). 
Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist, 74 (lung cancer, born 1940) Günter Grass, German novelist, poet, playwright, and Nobel prizewinner, 87 (lung infection, born 1927)
May 2 - Ruth Rendell, English crime and thriller writer, 85 (born 1930) 
June 19 - James Salter, American novelist and short-story writer, 90 (born 1925)  
July 21 - E. L. Doctorow, American novelist, 84 (born 1931)
July 31 - Alan Cheuse, American writer and radio reviewer, 75 (born 1940)
August 30 - Oliver Sacks, British neurologist and author ( ), 82 (born Awakenings 1933)  
October 2 - Brian Friel, Irish playwright and short-story writer, 86 (born 1929)
October 5 - Henning Mankell, Swedish novelist, children's author and playwright, 67 (born 1948)
November 30 - Fatema Mernissi, Moroccan scholar and writer, 75 (born 1940) 
December 5 - William McIlvanney, Scottish novelist, short-story writer and poet, 79 (born 1936) December 9 - Akiyuki Nosaka, Japanese writer ( ), 85 (born Grave of the Fireflies 1930)
Akutagawa Prize, Japan: Masatsugu Ono for ( 9 Nen Mae no Inori A Prayer Nine Years Ago) 
Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, U.S.: by A Brief History of Seven Killings Marlon James
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction: by How to Be Both Ali Smith 
Caine Prize for African Writing: Namwali Serpell, "The Sack"
Camões Prize, Portugal: Hélia Correia
Dayne Ogilvie Prize, Canada: Alex Leslie
Desmond Elliott Prize, U.K.: by Our Endless Numbered Days Claire Fuller 
DSC Prize for South Asian Literature: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, India
Folio Prize, U.K.: Family Life by Akhil Sharma 
German Book Prize: Die Erfindung der Roten Armee Fraktion durch einen manisch-depressiven Teenager im Sommer 1969 by Frank Witzel
Golden Wreath of Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia: Bei Dao (China) 
Goldsmiths Prize, U.K.: Beatlebone by Kevin Barry 
Gordon Burn Prize, U.K.: In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies 
Governor General's Award for English-language fiction, Canada: Guy Vanderhaeghe, Daddy Lenin and Other Stories
Governor General's Award for French-language fiction, Canada: Nicolas Dickner, Six degrés de liberté
Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française: Les Prépondérants by Hédi Kaddour; 2084: la fin du monde by Boualem Sansal
International Prize for Arabic Fiction: The Italian by Shukri Mabkhout, Tunisia
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: by Harvest Jim Crace
Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award: Blue Is the Night by Eoin McNamee 
Man Booker Prize: by A Brief History of Seven Killings Marlon James
Miguel de Cervantes Prize: Fernando del Paso
Miles Franklin Award: by The Eye of the Sheep Sofie Laguna 
National Book Award for Fiction, U.S.: Fortune Smiles By Adam Johnson
Nobel Prize in Literature: Svetlana Alexievich, Belarus
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish PEN Center USA 2015 Fiction Award: Robert Thomas,
Premio Planeta de Novela, Spain: Hombres desnudos by Alicia Giménez-Bartlett; La isla de Alice by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
Premio Strega, Italy: Nicola Lagioia
Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, U. S.: David Hackett Fischer
Prix Goncourt: Boussole by Mathias Énard
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, U.S.: by All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr 
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: U.S.: Digest by Gregory Pardlo
RBC Taylor Prize, Canada: They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson
Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, Canada: André Alexis, Fifteen Dogs
Russian Booker Prize: Vera by Alexander Snegirev
SAARC Literary Award: Sitakant Mahapatra, Selina Hossain, Suman Pokhrel, Nisar Ahmad Chaudhary, Aryan Aroon
Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction, U.K.: Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently by Steve Silberman
Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada: André Alexis, Fifteen Dogs
Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, U.K.: The Ten Thousand Things by John Spurling
Whiting Awards, U.S.: Fiction: Leopoldine Core, Dan Josefson, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi; Nonfiction: Elena Passarello; Plays: Lucas Hnath, Anne Washburn; Poetry: Anthony Carelli, Aracelis Girmay, Jenny Johnson, Roger Reeves
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, U.S.: by Redeployment Phil Klay  Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award: Ryszard Krynicki 
Conlan, Tara (2015-01-18). "Wolf Hall sticks to England after director rejects plan to film in Belgium". . London The Guardian . Retrieved .
"Poldark on TV" . Retrieved .
"Poldark turns the other cheek in new BBC adaptation". The Guardian. 2015-03-06 . Retrieved .
". 'Ru' by Montreal's Kim Thuy wins CBC's 'Canada Reads' competition" . 2015-03-19. Brandon Sun
"Final Dexter book says farewell to serial killer Dexter Morgan". Entertainment Weekly. 2015-07-07 . Retrieved .
"Shelley's Poetical Essay: The Bodleian Libraries' 12 millionth book". Oxford: Bodleian Library. 2015-11-10 . Retrieved .
"Singapore lifts ban on 240 publications". BBC News. 2015-11-25 . Retrieved .
Pears, Iain (2015-08-20). "Why you need an app to understand my novel". The Guardian.
WB Yeats at 150 with The Irish Times
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - 150th Anniversary website. Accessed 23 September 2015.
"His Bloody Project". Waterstones.com . Retrieved 2017.
"The Boy Who Could Change the World by Aaron Swartz". www.waterstones.com . Retrieved 2016.
"Poet Miller Williams, 84, dies". NWADG.com.
"Silliman's Blog". ronsilliman.blogspot.com.
Suzanne Gamboa. "Michele Serros, Who Wrote About Bicultural Life, Dies". NBC News.
^ McKinnon, Lisa (January 5, 2015)
'Chicana Role Model' author, Oxnard native Serros succumbs to cancer at 48
Hillel Italie, The Associated Press. "Novelist Robert Stone, known for 'Dog Soldiers' dies at 77". Archived from the original on January 11, 2015 . Retrieved 2015.
"John Bayley, scholar - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 21 January 2015 . Retrieved 2015.
"Authors : Elgin, Suzette Haden : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia". www.sf-encyclopedia.com . Retrieved 2019.
Fox, Margalit (29 January 2015). "Colleen McCullough, Author of 'The Thorn Birds', Dies at 77". New York Times . Retrieved 2015.
Nobody Was Writing Poetry of This World Like Philip Levine (1928-2015) - from "Harriet the Blog" at The Poetry Foundation website.
"Former poet laureate Philip Levine, a champion of the working class, dies at 87". Bookmarks.
Ein Genie und Provokateur (in German)
IANS (26 February 2015). "Bangladeshi writer attacked, dies in hospital". business-standard.com.
"Sir Terry Pratchett Obituary". The Guardian. 12 March 2015 . Retrieved 2017.
"Sweden's Tomas Transtromer, Nobel prize-winning poet, dies at 83". Reuters.
"Silliman's Blog". ronsilliman.blogspot.com.
"Award-winning author Ivan Doig, who chronicled the American West, dies at 75". Times Colonist. Archived from the original on 2015-04-14.
"Author Ruth Rendell dies aged 85". BBC News . Retrieved 2015.
"James Salter, a 'Writer's Writer' Short on Sales but Long on Acclaim, Dies at 90". The New York Times. 20 June 2015.
"James Salter, America's 'most underrated underrated author', dies at 90". Telegraph.co.uk. 20 June 2015.
Hilary Mantel. "My hero: Oliver Sacks by Hilary Mantel". the Guardian.
"How work of Sacks stuck in mind of playwright Friel". Independent.ie.
"Acclaimed Egyptian novelist Gamal el-Ghitani dies at 70 - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
"Paul West, author - obituary". Telegraph.co.uk . Retrieved 2017.
"Fatema Mernissi (1940-2015)". Nomadics.
"Ono wins Akutagawa literary award; Nishi wins Naoki Prize". The Japan Times. January 16, 2015.
Lusher, Adam (3 June 2015). "Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 winner: Ali Smith triumphs with How to Be Both". The Independent . Retrieved 2015.
"Claire Fuller wins debut-novel Desmond Elliott Prize". BBC News. 1 July 2015 . Retrieved 2015.
Mark Brown (23 March 2015). "Akhil Sharma wins Folio prize for fiction". The Guardian . Retrieved 2015.
"Chinese poet Bei Dao is the winner of the "Golden Wreath" 2015". Struga Poetry Evenings. 20 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015 . Retrieved 2015.
Flood, Alison (11 November 2015). "Novel about John Lennon and primal screaming wins Goldsmiths prize". The Guardian . Retrieved 2015.
"Journalist wins award for Jimmy Savile book". . 9 October 2015 BBC News . Retrieved 2015.
Doyle, Martin (27 May 2015). "Eoin McNamee's Blue is the Night wins EUR15,000 Kerry Group Irish Novel of Year Award". The Irish Times . Retrieved 2015.
"Miles Franklin Literary Award: Sofie Laguna wins for novel The Eye Of The Sheep". ABC News, 23 June 2015 . Retrieved 2015.
Los Angeles Times (10 September 2015). "Claudia Rankine and Meghan Daum lead 2015 PEN Literary Awards". latimes.com.
Flood, Alison (21 April 2015). "Pulitzer prize for fiction goes to All the Light We Cannot See". . The Guardian Guardian News & Media . Retrieved 2015.
". 'Redeployment' by Phil Klay wins the 2015 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award 'for Excellence in Military Fiction '"
"Ryszard Krynicki Wins the 2015 Zbigniew Herbert Prize" . Retrieved .