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RH Gives Writer Award in Memory Of Michener
-- 12/1/97
Random House will honor the memory of the late James Michener by establishing a fellowship in his honor to help support a writer who publishes a first book at the age of 40 or later-as did the novelist himself.
The announcement of the fellowship, to be called the James A. Michener Memorial Prize, was made by Random's trade chief Harold Evans at a memorial tribute to Michener November 18. It will be worth $10,000, and will be given annually, beginning in 1999, at the Texas Center for Writers, a writing program at the University of Texas at Austin created by gifts from Michener and his wife. The writer died October 16 at the age of 90. Random and the Center will together form a nominating board to choose eligible writers."Random House was basically built on the rock of James Michener," Evans declared as he announced the award, adding that the writer had been "the most generous man I have ever come across," one who gave away as much as $100 million to help a large number of writers.
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