2012 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 2012.
- January 1 – Copyright restrictions on James Joyce's major works are lifted on the first day of the year.
- January 20 – British novelist Salman Rushdie cancels an appearance at the Jaipur Literature Festival in India, and four other writers leave the city after reading excerpts from The Satanic Verses, which is banned in the country.
- February – James Joyce's children's story The Cats of Copenhagen is published for the first time by Ithys Press in Dublin.
- March – The discovery is announced of a collection of fairy tales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth and locked away in a Regensburg archive for more than 150 years.
- April – While attending the London Book Fair, exiled Chinese writer Ma Jian uses red paint to smear a cross over his face and a copy of his banned book Beijing Coma and calls Chinese publishers a "mouthpiece of the Chinese communist party" after being "manhandled" while attempting to present the book to Liu Binjie at the fair.
- July – Jaime García Márquez tells his students that his brother Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian writer and recipient of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, suffers from dementia that has ended his writing career.
- September 27 – 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- September 28 – Sue Limb's parody of the Bloomsbury Group, Gloomsbury, begins broadcasting on BBC Radio 4 in the U.K.
- October 24 – Boekenberg ("Book mountain") public library in Spijkenisse, Netherlands, designed by MVRDV, is opened.
- December – The discovery is announced of "The Tallow Candle", a previously unknown story by Hans Christian Andersen. It was found at the bottom of a box in Denmark in October.
- Camões Prize: Dalton Trevisan
- Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award: Gene Wolfe
- Dayne Ogilvie Prize: Main award, Amber Dawn; honour of distinction, Mariko Tamaki.
- Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction: Joshua Knelman, Hot Art
- Governor General's Awards: Multiple categories; see 2012 Governor General's Awards.
- Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction: Candace Savage, A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape
- International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: Jon McGregor, Even the Dogs
- Lambda Literary Awards: Multiple categories; see 2012 Lambda Literary Awards.
- Man Booker Prize: Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
- Miles Franklin Award: Anna Funder, All That I Am.
- National Book Award for Fiction: to The Round House by Louise Erdrich
- National Book Critics Circle Award: to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
- Nobel Prize in Literature: Mo Yan
- Orange Prize for Fiction: to The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: to The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
- Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize: Tamas Dobozy, Siege 13
- Scotiabank Giller Prize: Will Ferguson, 419
- Whiting Awards:
- Fiction: Alan Heathcock, Anthony Marra, Hanna Pylväinen
- Nonfiction: Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
- Plays: Danai Gurira, Samuel D. Hunter, Mona Mansour, Meg Miroshnik
- Poetry: Ciaran Berry, Atsuro Riley
- 14 May – Martin Thomas wins the National Biography Award for his biography The Many Worlds of R. H. Mathews: In Search of an Australian Anthropologist which tells the story of a surveyor and self-taught anthropologist who became one of Australia's most significant early researchers of Aboriginal languages, culture and history.
|Reilly, MatthewMatthew Reilly||Scarecrow Returns||Crime/Thriller||01/03|
|Green, JohnJohn Green||The Fault in Our Stars||Young adult||01/10|
|Johnson, AdamAdam Johnson||The Orphan Master's Son||Literary||01/10|
|Hastings, MichaelMichael Hastings||The Operators||Non-fiction||01/10|
|Krauss, Lawrence M.Lawrence M. Krauss||A Universe from Nothing||Non-fiction||01/10|
|Levin, MarkMark Levin||Ameritopia||Non-fiction||01/17|
|Leonard, ElmoreElmore Leonard||Raylan||Crime/Thriller||01/17|
|Marcus, BenBen Marcus||The Flame Alphabet||Literary||01/17|
|Card, Orson ScottOrson Scott Card||Shadows in Flight||Sci-fi/Fantasy||01/17|
|Flynn, Michael F.Michael F. Flynn||In the Lion's Mouth||Sci-fi/Fantasy||01/17|
|Crais, RobertRobert Crais||Taken||Crime/Thriller||01/24|
|White, EdmundEdmund White||Jack Holmes and His Friend||Literary||01/24|
|Cain, SusanSusan Cain||Quiet||Non-fiction||01/24|
|Wilkinson, AlecAlec Wilkinson||The Ice Balloon||Non-fiction||01/24|
|Landay, WilliamWilliam Landay||Defending Jacob||Crime/Thriller||01/31|
|Knox, TomTom Knox||The Lost Goddess||Crime/Thriller||02/07|
|Flynn, VinceVince Flynn||Kill Shot||Crime/Thriller||02/07|
|Danforth, EmilyEmily Danforth||The Miseducation of Cameron Post||Bildungsroman||02/07|
|Chaon, DanDan Chaon||Stay Awake (book)||Short stories||02/07|
|George, AlexAlex George||A Good American||Literary||02/07|
|Boo, KatherineKatherine Boo||Behind the Beautiful Forevers||Non-fiction||02/07|
|Ahmed, SaladinSaladin Ahmed||Throne of the Crescent Moon||Sci-fi/Fantasy||02/07|
|Hobb, RobinRobin Hobb||City of Dragons||Sci-fi/Fantasy||02/07|
|Palmer, MichaelMichael Palmer||Oath of Office||Crime/Thriller||02/14|
|Wolman, DavidDavid Wolman||The End of Money||Non-fiction||02/14|
|Kracht, ChristianChristian Kracht||Imperium||Novel||02/16|
|Berenson, AlexAlex Berenson||The Shadow Patrol||Crime/Thriller||02/21|
|Pearl, MatthewMatthew Pearl||The Technologists||Crime/Thriller||02/21|
|Duhigg, CharlesCharles Duhigg||The Power of Habit||Non-fiction||02/28|
|Gessen, MashaMasha Gessen||The Man without a Face||Non-fiction||03/01|
|Anshaw, CarolCarol Anshaw||Carry the One||Literary||03/06|
|Lansdale, Joe R.Joe R. Lansdale||Edge of Dark Water||Crime/Thriller||03/12|
|Groff, LaurenLauren Groff||Arcadia||Literary||03/13|
|Levin, AdamAdam Levin||Hot Pink||Short stories||03/13|
|Lehrer, JonahJonah Lehrer||Imagine||Non-fiction||03/20|
|Barnaby, HannahHannah Barnaby||Wonder Show||Literary||03/20|
|Bell, TedTed Bell||Phantom||Crime/Thriller||03/20|
|Coben, HarlanHarlan Coben||Stay Close||Crime/Thriller||03/20|
|Shah, NeetaNeeta Shah||Bollywood Striptease||Literary||03/27|
|Maddow, RachelRachel Maddow||Drift||Non-fiction||03/27|
|Robinson, MarilynneMarilynne Robinson||When I Was a Child I Read Books||Non-fiction||03/27|
|Wambaugh, JosephJoseph Wambaugh||Harbor Nocturne||Crime/Thriller||04/03|
|Sigler, ScottScott Sigler||Nocturnal||Horror||04/03|
|Tyler, AnneAnne Tyler||The Beginner's Goodbye||Literary||04/03|
|Grisham, JohnJohn Grisham||Calico Joe||Crime/Thriller||04/10|
|Grahame-Smith, SethSeth Grahame-Smith||Unholy Night||Horror||04/10|
|Rash, RonRon Rash||The Cove||Literary||04/10|
|Kerr, PhilipPhilip Kerr||Prague Fatale||Crime/Thriller||04/17|
|Lind, MichaelMichael Lind||Land of Promise||Non-fiction||04/17|
|Wellington, DavidDavid Wellington||32 Fangs||Horror||04/24|
|Vann, DavidDavid Vann||Dirt||Literary||04/24|
|Atkins, AceAce Atkins||Lullaby||Crime/Thriller||05/01|
|Barron, LairdLaird Barron||The Croning||Horror||05/01|
|Bechdel, AlisonAlison Bechdel||Are You My Mother?||Memoir||05/01|
|Fountain, BenBen Fountain||Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk||Literary||05/01|
|Mawer, SimonSimon Mawer||Trapeze||Literary||05/01|
|Irving, JohnJohn Irving||In One Person||Literary||05/08|
|Morrison, ToniToni Morrison||Home||Literary||05/08|
|Sandford, JohnJohn Sandford||Stolen Prey||Crime/Thriller||05/15|
|Berry, SteveSteve Berry||The Columbus Affair||Crime/Thriller||05/15|
|Carey, PeterPeter Carey||The Chemistry of Tears||Literary||05/15|
|Robinson, JeremyJeremy Robinson||SecondWorld||Crime/Thriller||05/22|
|Rucka, GregGreg Rucka||Alpha||Crime/Thriller||05/22|
|Swain, JamesJames Swain||Dark Magic||Crime/Thriller||05/22|
|Wilson, F. PaulF. Paul Wilson||Nightworld||Horror||05/22|
|Ford, RichardRichard Ford||Canada||Literary||05/22|
|McCammon, Robert R.Robert R. McCammon||The Providence Rider||Crime/Thriller||05/31|
|Cussler, CliveClive Cussler & Graham Brown||The Storm||Crime/Thriller||06/05|
|Flynn, GillianGillian Flynn||Gone Girl||Crime/Thriller||06/05|
|Vargas Llosa, MarioMario Vargas Llosa||The Dream of the Celt||Literary||06/05|
|Child, LincolnLincoln Child||The Third Gate||Crime/Thriller||06/12|
|Haddon, MarkMark Haddon||The Red House||Literary||06/12|
|Pearson, RidleyRidley Pearson||The Risk Agent||Crime/Thriller||06/19|
|Rollins, JamesJames Rollins||Bloodline||Crime/Thriller||06/26|
|Burke, James LeeJames Lee Burke||Creole Belle||Crime/Thriller||07/17|
|Winters, Ben H.Ben H. Winters||The Last Policeman||Science fiction/Crime||07/12|
|Silva, DanielDaniel Silva||Fallen Angel||Crime/Thriller||07/17|
|Giffin, EmilyEmily Giffin||Where We Belong||Chick-Lit/Literary||07/24|
|Khanna, RoRo Khanna||Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future||Non-fiction||07/24|
|Koontz, DeanDean Koontz||Odd Apocalypse||Horror||07/31|
|Thor, BradBrad Thor||Black List||Crime/Thriller||07/31|
|Ortberg, JohnJohn Ortberg||Who Is This Man?||Non-fiction||08/06|
|Child, LeeLee Child||A Wanted Man||Crime/Thriller||09/27|
|Rowling, J. K.J. K. Rowling||The Casual Vacancy||Literary||09/27|
|Lehane, DennisDennis Lehane||Live by Night||Crime/Thriller||10/02|
|Riordan, RickRick Riordan||The Mark of Athena||Young adult||10/02|
|Nesbø, JoJo Nesbø||Phantom||Crime/Thriller||10/02|
|Cronin, JustinJustin Cronin||The Twelve||Horror||10/16|
|DeMille, NelsonNelson DeMille||The Panther||Crime/Thriller||10/16|
|Grisham, JohnJohn Grisham||The Racketeer||Legal thriller||10/23|
|Appel, Jacob M.Jacob M. Appel||The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up
|Sáenz, Benjamin AlireBenjamin Alire Sáenz||Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club
|Connelly, MichaelMichael Connelly||The Black Box||Crime/Thriller||11/26|
|Helen Simpson||A Bunch of Fives||Short stories||05/03|
|Haidt, JonathanJonathan Haidt||The Righteous Mind||Non-fiction||04/02|
|Wilson, E. O.E. O. Wilson||The Social Conquest of Earth||Non-fiction||04/09|
|Gibbs, NancyNancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy||The President's Club||Non-fiction||04/19|
|Humes, EdwardEdward Humes||Garbology||Non-fiction||04/19|
|Bergen, PeterPeter Bergen||Manhunt||Non-fiction||05/01|
|Coll, SteveSteve Coll||Private Empire||Non-fiction||05/01|
|Caro, Robert A.Robert A. Caro||The Passage of Power||Non-fiction||05/01|
|Littlefield, WarrenWarren Littlefield & T. R. Pearson||Top of the Rock||Non-fiction||05/01|
|Mann, Thomas E.Thomas E. Mann & Norman J. Ornstein||It's Even Worse Than It Looks||Non-fiction||05/01|
|Appel, MartyMarty Appel||Pinstripe Empire||Non-fiction||05/08|
|Holland, TomTom Holland||In the Shadow of the Sword||Non-fiction||05/15|
|McLean, PatrishaPatrisha McLean||All Fall Down, The Brandon deWilde Story||Non-fiction||05/15|
|Roberts, CallumCallum Roberts||The Ocean of Life||Non-fiction||05/22|
|Brinkley, DouglasDouglas Brinkley||Cronkite||Non-fiction||05/29|
|Obama, MichelleMichelle Obama||American Grown||Non-fiction||05/29|
|Beevor, AntonyAntony Beevor||The Second World War||Non-fiction||06/05|
|Stone, AlexAlex Stone||Fooling Houdini||Non-fiction||06/19|
|Shlaes, AmityAmity Shlaes||Coolidge||Non-fiction||06/26|
|Watson, PeterPeter Watson||The Great Divide||Non-fiction||06/26|
|Lemonick, Michael D.Michael D. Lemonick||Mirror Earth||Non-fiction||10/16|
|Byrne, DavidDavid Byrne||How Music Works||Non-fiction||9/12|
|Powell, D. A.D. A. Powell||Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys||Poetry||02/14|
|Gilbert, JackJack Gilbert||Collected Poems||Poetry||02/13|
|Ackerson-Kiely, PaigePaige Ackerson-Kiely||My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer||Poetry||03/15|
|Wagoner, DavidDavid Wagoner||After the Point of No Return||Poetry||04/10|
|Hoover, PaulPaul Hoover||Desolation: Souvenir||Poetry||04/10|
|Hoover, PaulPaul Hoover||Desolation: Souvenir||Poetry||04/10|
|Myles, EileenEileen Myles||Snow-Flake||Poetry||04/03|
|Sebald, W. G.W. G. Sebald||Across the Land and the Water||Poetry||03/27|
|Xiaobo, LiuLiu Xiaobo||June Fourth Elegies
|Buck, MarilynMarilyn Buck||Inside/Out||Poetry||05/29|
|Perillo, LuciaLucia Perillo||On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths||Poetry||05/29|
|Hong, Cathy ParkCathy Park Hong||Engine Empire: Poems||Poetry||05/07|
|Welch, LewLew Welch||Ring of Bone||Poetry||06/19|
|Collins, GregorGregor Collins||The Accidental Caregiver||Non-fiction||08/18|
|Fatehabadi, Mehr Lal Soni ZiaMehr Lal Soni Zia Fatehabadi||Quatrains of Zia Fatehabadi
- Kazuma Ōtorino (story), Akaringo (art) – Nanana's Buried Treasure (January 30 – ongoing)
- Tōki Yanagimi (story), Kippu (art) – Tai-Madō Gakuen 35 Shiken Shōtai (May 19 – ongoing)
- Yume Mizusawa (story), Ayumu Kasuga (art) – Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu. (June 19 – ongoing)
- Ryō Ikehata – Aru Zombie Shōjo no Sainan (1 July – ongoing)
- Akamitsu Awamura (story), Refeia (art) – Seiken Tsukai no World Break (November 15 – ongoing)
- Kibidango Project – Momo Kyun Sword
- Kota Nozomi (story), 029 (art) – Inō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de
- Tetsuto Uesu (story), Nekosuke Ōkuma (art) – Shinmai Maō no Testament
- Ayad Akhtar – Disgraced
- Alan Bennett
- Monica Byrne – What Every Girl Should Know
- Lolita Chakrabarti – Red Velvet
- James Graham – This House
- Miho Mosulishvili – My Redbreast
- Suman Mukhopadhyay – Bisarjan
- Theresa Rebeck – Dead Accounts
- Anne Washburn – Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
See 2012 in poetry
Science fiction and fantasy
- Karl Schroeder – Ashes of Candesce (February 14)
- John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman – Hollow Earth
- Tobias Buckell – Arctic Rising (February 28)
- Tim Powers – Hide Me Among the Graves (March 13)
- Jon Courtenay Grimwood – The Outcast Blade (March 26)
- Robert J. Sawyer – Triggers (April 3)
- John Birmingham – Angels of Vengeance (April 10)
- Brian Evenson – Immobility (April 10)
- Brian Francis Slattery – Lost Everything (April 10)
- Mary Robinette Kowal – Glamour in Glass (April 10)
- Samuel R. Delany – Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders (April 17)
- Stephen King – The Wind Through the Keyhole (April 24)
- N. K. Jemisin – The Killing Moon (May 1)
- China Miéville – Railsea (May 15)
- Daniel Abraham – The King's Blood (May 22)
- Ian C. Esslemont – Orb Sceptre Throne (May 22)
- Mira Grant – Blackout (May 22)
- Kim Stanley Robinson – 2312 (May 22)
- Douglas Hulick – Sworn in Steel (June 5)
- Paul Melko – Broken Universe (June 5)
- Alastair Reynolds – Blue Remembered Earth (June 5)
- John Scalzi – Redshirts (June 5)
- Daniel H. Wilson – Amped (June 5)
- N. K. Jemisin – The Shadowed Sun (June 12)
- David Brin – Existence (June 19)
- Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter – The Long Earth (June 19)
- Daniel Abraham (writing as James S.A. Corey) – Caliban's War (June 26)
- Alex Bledsoe – Wake of the Bloody Angel (July 3)
- Charles Stross – The Apocalypse Codex (July 3)
- Rick Riordan – The Mark of Athena (October 2)
- Aaron Allston – Mercy Kill
- Hannu Rajaniemi – The Fractal Prince (September 4)
- Brent Weeks – The Blinding Knife (September 11)
- Steven Erikson – Forge of Darkness (September 18)
- Joe Abercrombie – Red Country (November 20)
- Jay Lake – Calamity of So Long a Life
- Michael Moorcock – The Whispering Swarm
- Gene Wolfe – The Land Across
- Troy Denning – Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse
- January 19 – On Sarig, Israeli children's author (born 1926)
- January 23 – Maurice Meisner, American historian, author, and academic (born 1931)
- January 28 – Don Starkell, Canadian diarist and author (born 1932)
- January 29 – Damien Bona, American historian and journalist (born 1955)
- January 30 – Bill Wallace, American children's author and educator (born 1947)
- February 1 – Wisława Szymborska, Polish poet and Nobel laureate (born 1923)
- February 3 – John Christopher (Samuel Youd) English science fiction novelist (born 1922)
- February 4 – Irene McKinney, American poet (born 1939)
- February 4 – John Turner Sargent, Sr., American publisher (born 1924)
- March 21 – Christine Brooke-Rose, Swiss-born English novelist and translator (born 1923)
- March 25 – Antonio Tabucchi, Italian writer (born 1943)
- March 27 – Adrienne Rich, American writer (born 1929)
- March 28 – John Arden, English playwright (born 1930)
- April 2 – Sarah Dreher, American novelist and playwright (born 1937)
- April 7 – Miss Read (Dora Jesse Shafe), English novelist (born 1913)
- April 8 – Janusz K. Zawodny, Polish-American and political scientist (born 1921)
- April 17 – Leila Berg, English children's writer and activist (born 1917)
- April 26 – Ardian Klosi, Albanian publicist and writer (suicide, born 1957)
- May 8 – Maurice Sendak, American children's author and illustrator (born 1928)
- May 12 – Walter Wink, American theologian and scholar (born 1935)
- May 15
- May 26 – Leo Dillon, American children's author and illustrator (born 1933)
- June 5
- July 28 – Carol Kendall, American children's writer (born 1917)
- July 30
- July 31 – Gore Vidal, American novelist, playwright and political commentator (born 1925)
- August 2
- August 4 – Henry Scholberg, American bibliographer (born 1921)
- August 11 – Heidi Holland, South African journalist and author (born 1947)
- August 22 – Nina Bawden, English novelist and children's writer (born 1925)
- September 6 – Horacio Vázquez-Rial, Argentine-born Spanish writer (cancer, born 1947)
- September 8 – Jon Tolaas, Norwegian poet and novelist (born 1939)
- September 10
- September 12 – Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Russian poet (born 1946)
- September 14 – Louis Simpson, American poet (Alzheimer's disease, born 1923)
- September 15 – Fred Bodsworth, Canadian writer (born 1918)
- September 20
- September 22 – Irving Adler, American author, mathematician, and scientist (born 1913)
- 7 October – Ivo Michiels (Henri Paul René Ceuppens), Belgian writer in Flemish (born 1923)
- October 25 – Aude, Canadian novelist (born 1947)
- 29 October – J. Bernlef, Dutch writer (born 1937)
- 2 November – János Rózsás, Hungarian writer (born 1926)
- 19 November – Boris Strugatsky, Soviet Russian writer (pneumonia, born 1925)
- 20 November – Ivan Kušan, Croatian writer (born 1933)
- 22 November – Jan Trefulka, Czech writer and dissident (renal failure, born 1929)
- 6 December – Jan Carew, Guyanese novelist and playwright (born 1920)
- 28 December – Jayne Cortez, African-American poet (born 1934)
- 31 December – Jovette Marchessault, Canadian novelist and playwright (born 1938)
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