Love is in the air . . . love of romance books, that is. This week, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the finalists for the 2014 RITA and Golden Heart Awards. A big congratulations goes to our very own romance columnist, Christie Ridgway, whose Beach House No. 9 is up for a Best Contemporary Romance RITA! Check out our interview with Christie about the book.
Other RITA finalists include veterans Jill Shalvis (nominated twice, for It Had to Be You and Rumor Has It), Nora Roberts (for Whiskey Beach), Elizabeth Hoyt (for Duke of Midnight), along with relative newcomers Sarah MacLean (for No Good Duke Goes Unpunished) and Bella Andre (for The Way You Look Tonight).
The Golden Heart Awards recognize excellence in novels or novellas that have not yet been published, with finalists in eight categories chosen from more than 1,000 manuscript entries each year.
Check out the complete list of finalists here. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala at the RWA annual conference in San Antonio on July 26. Which books are you rooting for?
Listen up! The Audio Publishers Association has announced the nominees for the 2014 Audie Awards across 29 categories. Two of our own here at BookPage—Julia Steele, our associate publisher, and Sukey Howard, contributing editor who writes our Audio column—will be serving as judges this year, and we certainly don't envy their having to select just one winner from all of the nominees, which include:
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (read by Will Patton)
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (read by George Guidall)
The Good House by Ann Leary (read by Mary Beth Hurth)
The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler (read by Tavia Gilbert)
Jacob's Oath by Martin Fletcher (read by Ari Fliakos)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (read by Neil Gaiman)
Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett (read by Amy McFadden)
The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan (read by Kate Udall, George Guidall, Jason Culp, Erik Bergmann)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (read by David Pittu)
The Son by Philipp Meyer (read by Will Patton, Scott Shepherd, Kate Mulgrew, Clifton Collins Jr.)
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín (read by Meryl Streep)
White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse (read by Carla Mercer-Meyer)
Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill (read by Sandy Rustin)
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (read by Malcolm Gladwell)
The End of Nature by Bill McKibben (read by Jeff Woodman)
The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti (read by L.J. Gasner)
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel (read by Arthur Bishop)
C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race by Geoff Williams (read by Robertson Dean)
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King (read by Peter Francis James)
Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff (read by Mitchell Zuckoff)
The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower (read by Edoardo Ballerini)
Nero's Killing Machine by Stephen Dando-Collins (read by Robert Fass)
One Summer by Bill Bryson (read by Bill Bryson)
See the full list of nominees here. Winners will be announced at a gala in New York City on May 29. Which books will you be rooting for?
• Publishers Weekly asked 20 children's books editors to share some behind-the-scenes stories about their experiences editing some true classics, including The Napping House and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
• On Buzzfeed, a whole slew of authors offer up advice on how they combat writer's block and how they got their first books published.
• As you've likely heard by now, James McBride's National Book Award win for The Good Lord Bird was a surprise to many. Vulture published this dishy history of the ups and downs of the award's 64-year history.
The wait is almost over, book lovers! Tomorrow is the 2013 National Book Awards gala, during which one winning book will be named in each of four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature.
This evening, the finalists—instead of merely twiddling their thumbs in nervous anticipation of tomorrow—will be reading from their nominated books at an event to be held at the New School in New York City. If the idea of all of those stellar authors in one room sends you into a swoon, fret not. You can watch the whole thing as it's streamed live online! The readings begin at 7:00 pm (EST) right here.
To catch up on everything NBA—including interviews with the finalists—click on the image below. Which books are you rooting for?
• Finally, check out this nifty collection of original artwork used on iconic book covers over on the Publishers Weekly blog.
The shortlists for all categories will be announced on October 16, with the winners revealed at a gala on November 20. What do you think of the list? Which do you think might be the big winner? Are there any books you feel should have been nominated? Chime in below.
The National Book Foundation continues their rollout of this year's contenders for the National Book Award with the longlist of books in the nonfiction category:
• Finding Florida: The True Story of the Sunshine State by T.D. Allman
• Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami by Gretel Ehrlich
• The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA by Scott C. Johnson
• Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower
• The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
• The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
• Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout
• Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
Which book are you rooting for?
Back in July, we shared the 13 books that made the longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2013. This morning, the suspense thickened as that list was whittled down to a shortlist of only six:
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (U.S. release: October 15)
Harvest by Jim Crace
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (U.S. release: September 24)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
We don't envy the judges tasked with selecting a winner out of this crop of stellar books! The winner will be announced on October 15. Which book are you rooting for?
The winners of the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes for excellence in journalism and the arts were announced today. The top prize in fiction went to The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson, which was one of our Top Books of 2012. Read our interview with Johnson about the book here, as well as a behind-the-scenes blog post about the interview.
The other winners include:
GENERAL NONFICTION—Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
HISTORY—Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall
BIOGRAPHY—The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
DRAMA—Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
POETRY—Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds
MUSIC—Partita for 8 Voices by Caroline Shaw
What do you think of the winners? Are there any that you're inspired to read now that they've won?
The countdown is on for the 2013 RITA Awards—given out by the Romance Writers of America (RWA). During the lead-up to the glamorous July 20 award gala in Atlanta, romance fans have the opportunity to meet each other and interact with the nominated authors through a series of weekly online Q&A events.
Each video chat get-together is devoted to a particular award category—such as Best First Book, Best Historical Romance and Best Paranormal Romance—and completely free. But space is limited to 1,000 participants, so secure your spot(s) soon! The first chat is next Thursday, April 18.
Visit the RWA site to see the full schedule and make a reservation.
What was your favorite romance this year? Is it a RITA finalist?