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Sunday, June 26, 2005
Literary Awards
By John Daley
Book Editor
Waterbury, Ct. Republican-American

Edward P. Jones won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award on June 15 with his novel "The Known World." It's about a black Virginian who is a slaveholder and all the contradictions that presents when his slaves are left to his family. Jones received the 100,000-euro prize at a ceremony in Dublin
City Hall. Jones' novel earlier won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His novel was 10 years in gestation. All of it, he said, was "imagined."

The award was founded by James B. Irwin of Litchfield, head of IMPAC.

Closer to home, another IMPAC award, co-sponsored by the Connecticut State University System, went to two young writers. The program, in its eighth year, encourages high school students to submit their compositions, essays or poetry into competition. Awards of $1,000 each are made in composition
and poetry in each county. Then the winners compete for a statewide prize.

Earlier this month in a Litchfield ceremony, Charlotte Crowe, 16, of Canton, won the statewide composition prize for her story, "Korean Laundry." The prize for poetry went to Jessica Roth, 16, of Granby. Both are students at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.

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