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 longlist of 13 books up for the 2013 Man Booker Prize—awarded annually to an author from the British Commonwealth or Ireland—has just been announced. Seven different countries are represented on the diverse list, which features debut authors (NoViolet Bulawayo, Eve Harris and Donal Ryan) right alongside those who have long- and well-established careers, including two previously shortlisted authors, Jim Crace and Colm Tóibín. Here's the list:
Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw (read our author interview)
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (read our review)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (U.S. release October 15)
Harvest by Jim Crace (read our review)
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris (U.S. release September 19)
The Kills by Richard House
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (U.S. release September 24)
Unexploded by Alison MacLeod (U.S. release September 5)
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann (read our review)
Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson (U.S. release August 15)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (read our author interview)
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (U.S. release March 4, 2014)
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
The final decision will be announced on October 15, 2013. Which author do you think will be the 2013 winner? With a several of the titles still to be released, which ones are you looking forward to reading?
Though they may have been a bit overshadowed in the U.S. by yesterday's Pulitzer announcement, this week has also brought two important literary news items from the UK.
First, the shortlist for the prize formerly known as the Orange Prize and now known simply as the Women's Prize for Fiction. It's an incredible list—Hilary Mantel seems to be up against her toughest competition yet. Will she sweep all three of the U.K.'s major awards?
Speaking of Zadie Smith, she also figures in the second item of literary news from the U.K: She's one of the 2013 "20 under 40" list from Granta magazine. Created every 10 years, the list honors the most promising 20 British writers under the age of 40. It's Smith's second time on the list, which for the first time contains a majority of female authors—12/20. It's also the most international list yet.
Click on the author's name to see their author page on BookPage.com.
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?
Children's Book Week is coming up—May 13 to 19—and the Children's Choice Book Awards finalists have just been announced. Up for Author of the Year are:
Both The Fault in Our Stars and Wonder made our Readers' Choice: Best Books of 2012 list, and we're big fans of Jeff Kinney here on The Book Case. Which books are you (and the little ones in your life) going to vote for? Are there any books that you think were snubbed?
Claire Vaye Watkins is on a literary award roll. In November she was named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35," and her short story collection, Battleborn, was included on many best of 2012 lists (including ours).
Yesterday, she collected two more awards. Beating out the likes of Junot Díaz, she won The Story Prize, which is awarded for the best short story collection of 2012 and comes with a prize of $20,000. She was also named a One Story 2013 Literary Debutante, who will be feted at the One Story Literary Debutante Ball in Brooklyn on June 6.
This morning she was named a recipient of the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award—given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters—honoring “a young writer of considerable literary talent for a work published in 2012" and accompanied by a prize of $10,000.
We love when writers and critics get along! Last night, at a NYC ceremony packed with writers, literary critics and other publishing folk, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the winners of their 2012 book awards.
Among the distinguished recipients is Ben Fountain, with whom we were thrilled to share a table at last year's Author in the Round dinner, part of the Southern Festival of Books. Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk—one of our Best Books of 2012—won in the fiction category.
Here's a complete list of the winners:
Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Scribner)
Leanne Shapton, Swimming Studies (Blue Rider Press)
D. A. Powell, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf Press)
Marina Warner, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights (Belknap Press: Harvard University Press)
What do you think of the winners? How many of them have you read, and which ones will you be adding to your list of books to read?
Everyone's got Oscar fever this week, but we're also really excited about another awards ceremony coming up—the 2013 Audies, which recognize distinction in audiobooks.
Finalists were announced by the Audio Publishers Association today, and the winners will be awarded at the Audies Gala on May 30 in New York City. Our own Associate Publisher Julia Steele and Contributing Editor Sukey Howard (who writes our monthly audio column) are serving as judges in the competition.
Here are some highlights from the list of finalists:
• Sex and God at Yale by Nathan Harden (narrated by Scott Aiello), Audible Inc.
• Love Is the Cure by Elton John (narrated by Elton John), Hachette Audio
• Breasts by Florence Williams (narrated by Kate Reading), Tantor Media
• Cemetery John by Robert Zorn (narrated by Sean Runnette), Tantor Media
• The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart (narrated by Lloyd James), Tantor Media
• A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes (narrated by Samuel L. Jackson), Audible Inc.
• The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (narrated by Claire Daines), Audible Inc.
• Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon (narrated by Edoardo Ballerini), Audible Inc.
• Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (narrated by Edoardo Ballerini), Harper Audio
• The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig (narrated by David Aaron Baker), Recorded Books
• America Again by Stephen Colbert (narrated by Stephen Colbert), Hachette Audio
• I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern (narrated by Sean Schemmel), Harper Audio
• The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days by Ian Frazier (narrated by Cynthia Nixon), Macmillan Audio
• Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (narrated by Jenny Lawson), Penguin Audio
• Me the People by Kevin Bleyer (narrated by Kevin Bleyer), Random House Audio/Books on Tape
• Don't Cry for Me by Sharon Sala (narrated by Kathe Mazur), Audible Inc.
• The Witness by Nora Roberts (narrated by Julia Whelan), Brilliance
• Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt (narrated by Ashford MacNab), Hachette Audio
• The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley (narrated by Angela Dawe), Tantor Media
• Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks (narrated by Kristen Potter), Tantor Media
• Hush Money by Chuck Greaves (narrated by Dan Butler), AudioGo
• The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas by Chris Ewan (narrated by Simon Vance), AudioGo
• And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman (narrated by Linda Emond), Macmillan Audio
• The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny (narrated by Ralph Cosham), Macmillan Audio
• The Nightmare by Lars Kepler (narrated by Mark Bramhall), Macmillan Audio
See the full list here (PDF link). What do you think of the finalists? Which audio books of the last year were your favorites, and are there any that you feel were snubbed? What books are you listening to right now?