It's awards season, and the full longlist for the National Book Awards has been announced. The shortlist will be announced Oct 14, and the winners will be announced Nov 18. Winners will
be crowned with gold and honey receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. Here's the whole shebang!
A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball
Refund: Stories by Karen E. Bender
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
Honeydew by Edith Pearlman
Mislaid by Nell Zink
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mourning Lincoln by Martha Hodes
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawai’i by Susanna Moore
Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti
If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power
Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith
Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir by Michael White
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
Scattered at Sea by Amy Gerstler
A Stranger's Mirror by Marilyn Hacker
How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes
The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield
Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis
Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón
Elegy for a Broken Machine by Patrick Phillips
Heaven by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts by Lawrence Raab
YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs by Gary Paulsen
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
See anyone you hope brings home the prize?
It's a brutally beautiful Man Booker shortlist for 2015! The shortlist—composed of novels deemed by a panel of judges to be among the best written in English this year—is filled with novels that touch on some pretty grim topics. Michael Wood, Chair of judges for the prestigious prize, admits that there is a “tremendous amount of violence in them. What’s quite interesting is trying to work out how one can have such pleasure in books with such terrible stuff.” Indeed.
Man Booker 2015 shortlist:
Satin Island by Tom McCarthy (UK)
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria)
The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota (UK)
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (US)
Are you rooting for any of these authors to win the £50,000 prize?
Last night, Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai was announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize during a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The award is given every two years to a fiction author whose body of work is deemed extraordinary on an international level.
With an experimental style influenced by Kafka, Krasznahorkai is Hungary's most acclaimed author. Chair of judges Marina Warner says, "László Krasznahorkai is a visionary writer of extraordinary intensity and vocal range who captures the texture of present day existence in scenes that are terrifying, strange, appallingly comic, and often shatteringly beautiful."
Krasznahorkai has five novels available in English translation, and his memoir, Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens, will be available in January 2016.
Want more books in translation? Check out our list of 15 of the best books in translation from the past year.
The 2015 Edgar Awards, honoring the best mysteries and thrillers and presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, have been announced! Several of our favorites earned nods:
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Scribner)
BEST FIRST NOVEL:
Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman (Norton)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL:
The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani (Penguin)
BEST FACT CRIME:
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
by William J. Mann (Harper)
Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J.W. Ocker (Countryman)
Greenglass House by Kate Milford (Clarion)
BEST YOUNG ADULT:
The Art of Secrets by James Klise (Algonquin)
MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD:
The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey (Minotaur)
Did your favorites win?
The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes, which are some of the most esteemed awards in literature and journalism, have been announced, along with the finalists in each category. The winner of the Fiction Pulitzer Prize also happens to be the BookPage Reader's Choice Top Pick of 2014! Looks like BookPage readers have great taste—No surprise there.
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Winner: Encounters at the Heart of the World by Elizabeth A. Fenn
Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert
An Empire on the Edge by Nick Bunker
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Winner: The Pope and Mussolini by David I. Kertzer
Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism by Thomas Brothers
Stalin: Volume I by Stephen Kotkin
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Winner: Digest by Gregory Pardlo
Reel to Reel by Alan Shapiro
Compass Rose by Arthur Sze
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No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal
Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos
What do you think of the Pulitzer Prize Board's choices?
Congratulations to the authors on the 2015 PEN Literary Awards Shortlist! The PEN Award—and the $25,000 that comes with it—is given to the debut author deemed to be the most promising of the year by a panel of judges. The winner will be chosen from the shortlist, which was announced today.
Congratulations to all of the authors nominated for the prestigious RITA awards, which recognize the best romance novels published in the past year. We've covered many of the books and authors in the running and wish them the best of luck. Check out the full list of nominees on Romance Writers of America's website!
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
The Best Medicine by Tracy Brogan (Bell Harbor)
It’s in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis
Love with a Perfect Cowboy by Lori Wilde
One in a Million by Jill Shalvis (Congrats on the double nod!)
Douglas: Lord of Heartache and Worth: Lord of Reckoning by Grace Burrowes
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie
The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter
Last week, the National Book Critics Circle honored six authors for their excellent books published in 2014. The committee of book critics voted on the best books of the last year, and these are the results:
Fiction: Lila by Marilynne Robinson
General Nonfiction: The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation by David Brion Davis
Autobiography: Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
Biography: Tennessee Williams by John Lahr
Criticism: The Essential Ellen Willis by Ellen Willis
Poetry: Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Additionally, the John Leonard Prize for excellence in first books was received by Phil Klay for his debut, Redeployment, and Toni Morrison was honored with the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award for her significant contribution to the literary world. And, because this is a critics' award after all, Alexandra Schwartz won the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.
The longlist for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction has been announced. The prize (formerly known as the Orange Prize) recognizes one outstanding female author who writes in English and has been published in the U.K., and comes with a prize of £30,000. The shortlist will be announced on April 13, and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Festival Hall on June 3.
Eleven of the 20 longlisted authors have made the long or shortlist for the prize before—and a record-setting 16 of them are British. A few have yet to be published in the U.S. Who are you rooting for?
Rachel Cusk, Outline (FSG)
Lissa Evans, Crooked Heart (Harper, July)
Patricia Ferguson, Aren’t We Sisters? (no scheduled U.S. publication)
Xiaolu Guo, I Am China (Nan A. Talese)
Samantha Harvey, Dear Thief (Atavist Books)
Emma Healey, Elizabeth Is Missing (Harper)
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (Knopf)
Grace McCleen, The Offering (no scheduled U.S. publication)
Sandra Newman, The Country of Ice Cream Star (Ecco)
Heather O’Neill, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (FSG)
Laline Paull, The Bees (Ecco)
Marie Phillips, The Table of Less Valued Knights (no scheduled U.S. publication)
Rachel Seiffert, The Walk Home (Pantheon)
Kamila Shamsie, A God in Every Stone (Bloomsbury)
Ali Smith, How to be Both (FSG)
Sara Taylor, The Shore (Crown, June)
Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread (Knopf)
Sarah Waters, The Paying Guests (Riverhead)
Jemma Wayne, After Before (Legend Times Group, April)
PP Wong, The Life of a Banana (Legend Times Group, May)
It's one of my favorite—and most fascinating—times of year: The days and weeks following the American Library Association's announcement of the winners of the Youth Media Awards, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards, are filled with as much joy as debate. We all have our favorite children's and YA books of the year (you can view the BookPage Best Children's and YA Books of 2014 here). Sometimes your favorites don't get the recognition you hoped for, and sometimes they do. And sometimes it seems like the award committee likes to test our understanding of the awards just because they can.
But putting all that aside, we love catching up with the winners of these awards, so we spoke with Caldecott winner Dan Santat, Newbery winner Kwame Alexander and Printz winner Jandy Nelson about what it's like to be recognized as the best in children's and young adult literature.
"It was a dream come true. A dream I never thought I would ever achieve."
"Am I delirious? Dreaming? Did he just really say 'Medal'? And then, like the clouds shifting to reveal the golden sun, my life changed, a new normal ablaze."
"I love being inside the minds/hearts of my teen narrators, love the urgency of the teen experience, that period of time when everything is so new, so dramatic, so emotional, so confusing, so funny, so raw, so honest, so everything."