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Archive for the 'Awards' Category

Wed, October 10th, 2012
Nobel Prize Odds Announced
Posted by: Bill Ott

It’s that time of year. Ladbrokes, the London oddsmaker, has posted odds on the Nobel Prize for Literature, to be announced Oct. 11. I’m happy to say that my horse in this race, brilliant Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, is the overwhelming favorite at 6-4. This year’s shortlist of contenders–along with lots of writers relatively little […]


Wed, October 10th, 2012
National Book Award Finalists Announced
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

This morning, while many of us were only just beginning to wake and stumble into the kitchen for a cup of coffee, the National Book Award finalists were announced on MSNBC. The winner in each category will be announced in a ceremony on November 14th. Here’s the list of nominees, along with links to Booklist reviews where available. […]


Mon, July 16th, 2012
2012 Thriller Award Winners
Posted by: Keir Graff

The 2012 Thriller Awards were announced at ThrillerFest‘s “gala awards banquet” last Saturday night. (I’m taking “gala” on faith; I have yet to see a press release touting a “swell,” ”swank,” or “pretty nice” banquet.) Are you thrilled by the results? According to the Booklist reviews, Paul McEuen’s debut, Spiral, may have been the best of the […]


Fri, June 15th, 2012
A Love Letter to Libraries
Posted by: Katharine

By now you’ve probably heard about the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction—a new adult book award co-sponsored by Booklist. If this is news to you then catch up on The Back Page, er, the back-story before June, 24 when the winners will be announced at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. […]


Wed, June 13th, 2012
A(nother) New Prize for ALA Annual
Posted by: Ian Chipman

And the winner is . . . you! (maybe) This week, the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation announced the formation of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries. Here’s a link to a PDF of the full press release, but for those on the go here’s the essential deets: The prize is a bundle […]


Thu, May 17th, 2012
Carnegie Medal for Excellence Finalists
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

We’re excited to add another Booklist co-sponsored book award to the pile, so the announcement of the first-ever shortlist for the first-ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction is especially thrilling. We’ll be over the moon when we announce the winner in each category at ALA Annual, so stay tuned for that […]


Wed, May 9th, 2012
Society of Midland Authors Awards
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last night, I attended the annual awards banquet of the venerable Society of Midland Authors. It was a modest crowd but a truly enjoyable evening—being in the company of people who value books and authors so highly has a way of raising my spirits. Master of ceremonies and prolific author Jay Bonansinga kept things light as […]


Fri, April 27th, 2012
My Night at the Edgars
Posted by: Bill Ott

I’d been to the Edgar Awards, honoring the finest in mystery fiction, a couple of times in the past, but this year was different: an invitation to sit at legendary crime fiction editor, publisher, and bookstore owner Otto Penzler’s table is not to be passed up. The room was crawling with big-name authors, including a […]


Wed, April 25th, 2012
Awards Roundup: An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Covering book awards is sometimes like trying to find a snack in the pantry after not visiting the grocery store for a few weeks. But this month has been a trip-to-Costco-with-a-minivan kind of month for book awards. From the Pulitzer, to the Orion Book Awards, to short-list announcements for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the […]


Sun, April 22nd, 2012
Earth Day 2012
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Books inspired and continue to fuel the environmental movement, from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and to today’s frontline writers, including David Gessner, Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Carl Safina, Terry Tempest Williams, and many more. Consequently, The Orion Book Award honors environmental writing. The finalists have been announced on the eve […]





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