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Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:22 am
Blooker? Barely knew ‘er!
Posted by: Keir Graff

The shortlist of the Lulu Blooker Prize has been announced. The prize honors “blooks.” If you don’t know what a blook is, well:

Blooks are the world’s fastest-growing new kind of book and an exciting new stage in the life-cycle of content, if not a whole new category of content.

Wait, that doesn’t help. Try this:

The Lulu Blooker Prize is the world’s first literary prize devoted to “blooks”–books based on blogs or other websites, including webcomics.

Last year’s winner was Julie & Julia, by Julie Powell, which was a bona fide publishing phenomenon. I have not idea how well it sold, but people were certainly talking about it. This year’s shortlist includes Crashing the Gate, by Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas and My War by Colby Buzzell, but I’m not sure it has anything quite as buzzworthy as the Julias.

But see for yourself. (I’m sure it’s a happy accident that the award’s sponsor has three titles on the list!)


Crashing The Gate, by Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas (Chelsea Green)

My Secret: A PostSecret Book, by Frank Warren (Regan/HarperCollins)

My War: Killing Time In Iraq, by Colby Buzzell (Berkeley/Penguin)

Small Is the New Big: and 183 other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas, by Seth Godin (Portfolio/Penguin)

So Close: Infertile and Addicted To Hope, by Tertia Albertyn (Oshun)

Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language From the South of France, by Kristin Espinasse (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster)


Albert The Third, by Slim Palmer (Exposure)

BreakupBabe: A Novel, by Rebecca Agiewich (Ballantine)

The Doorbells of Florence, by Andrew Losowsky (Prandial Publishing/Lulu)

Messages from the Lost Continent, edited by Horst Prillinger (Books on Demand GmbH)

Methuselah’s Daughter, by J. A. Eddy and Dean Esmay (Lulu)

Monster Island: A Zombie Novel, by David Wellington (Thunder’s Mouth/Avalon)


Born of Nifty: Sluggy Freelance Megatome 01, by Pete Abrams (Sluggy Freelance)

The Definition of Awesome: Another Joe and Monkey Collection, by Zach Miller (Boxcar Comics/Lulu)

Mom’s Cancer, by Brian Fies (Abrams)




2 Responses to “Blooker? Barely knew ‘er!”
  1. Marti Says:

    I entered, but sadly, did not make the short list. Oh well.

    I still think it’s an interesting contest, and will be big-hearted and wish those who made the short list all the best – LOL!

  2. Joseph McCrumble Says:

    I, sadly, did not even enter, owing to the small but important fact that I had no idea the competition was in progress. Next year then, I guess…

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