TORONTO, Oct. 5, 2017 – Penguin Random House Canada is thrilled to announce that Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Upon receiving the news of the award, the acclaimed English writer said, “This is amazing and totally unexpected news. It comes at a time when the world is uncertain about its values, its leadership and its safety. I just hope that my receiving this huge honour will, even in a small way, encourage the forces for goodwill and peace at this time.”
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of 5. He is the acclaimed, award-winning author of 7 novels: A Pale View of Hills (1982), An Artist of the Floating World (1986), The Remains of the Day(1989, and a major film nominated for 8 Academy Awards), The Unconsoled (1995), When We Were Orphans (2000), Never Let Me Go (2005, also a major award–winning film) and, Nocturnes (2009), his connected stories collection. His seventh and most recent novel, The Buried Giant, was published in 2015.
Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher and EVP, Penguin Random House Canada, who has been his publisher and editor since 1988, with the publication of The Remains of the Day, says, “All of us here at Knopf and Vintage Canada are—might I say—over the moon and overjoyed by The Nobel’s selection of Kazuo Ishiguro for the Nobel Prize in Literature. I can genuinely say that there are few writers as beloved in the world as Ish, as we call him fondly. In his great novels and his short stories, he has written with transcendent, luminous understanding of what it means to be our best selves, the poignancy of memory, the heartbreaking legacies of the past and the perils of the future, and the profound, inexplicable depths of love. His writing is both of our time and timeless.”
Kristin Cochrane, President and Publisher of Penguin Random House Canada adds, “With every novel he’s written, Ish has come to Canada to promote his work with our booksellers and media across the country. He’s been a great friend to Canada, beloved by Canadian readers, and his bestselling novels will happily now gain an even wider audience. We are all so proud.”
All of us at Penguin Random House Canada congratulate Kazuo Ishiguro on this tremendous honour.