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Author Edward P. Jones receives IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 
June 18, 2005

Patience had a sweet reward this week when the world's most lucrative literary award was bestowed upon American Edward P. Jones for "The Known World," his epic slavery novel that had already received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Jones, 54, received a check for $120,000 in Ireland as the 2005 winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

His book was selected as the best of 147 novels nominated by libraries in 51 countries.

The soft-spoken writer commented, "I'm still amazed that out of dozens and dozens of people, they chose me."
Jones visited Seattle in April for Seattle Arts &Lectures and mesmerized a class of 25 Garfield High School students with his true tales of how it had taken him a decade to create and write the novel that centers on a black man who owned his own black slaves.

"I decided to just write what I had in my head," Jones told the students. "So 99 percent of the novel is what I created out of my own imagination."

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