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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
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The City of Ember
Crispin: The End of Time
Lost Goat Lane
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As Simple as It Seems
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thomas Wolfe Literary Award (1955,2010)


The Western North Carolina Historical Association is accepting nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Originated by the Louis Lipinsky family, the Award has been presented by the Association for printed works that focus special attention on Western North Carolina since 1955.

Guidelines: To be considered, an entry must be a published work of fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry. It must be a first edition work; revised editions of published works will not be considered for the Award. The publication date must be in 2009 or no later than June 1, 2010. The author must be a native of the WNC region, or a resident of WNC for at least twelve months prior to the closing date for the Award. If not, the focus or setting of the work must be western North Carolina.

2010 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award goes to Wayne Caldwell Requiem by Fire
2009 Bruce Johnson Grove Park Inn
2008 Chemistry and Other Stories by Ron Rash
? Rob Amberg Sodom Laurel Album
2006 Thomas Wolfe: An Illustrated Biography by Bruce E. Johnson
2005 Shinemaster, a book of poems by UNC creative writing professor Michael McFee

? Tommy Hays In the Family Way
1984 John Marsden Ehle
1955. Wilma Dykeman The French Broad
Later recipients include John Parris, Gail Godwin, John Ehle, Charles Frazier, Lee Smith, and Ron Rash.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

John Llewellyn Rhys Literary Prize (1942-2010)

John Llewellyn Rhys Literary Prize Shortlist
Finalists for the £5,000 (US$7,996) John Llewellyn Rhys prize, which honors "the best work of literature by a U.K. or Commonwealth writer under the age of 35.

2010 Shortlist:
Bomber County by Daniel Swift
Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
The Still Point by Amy Sackville -- Winner!
A Light Song of Light by Kei Miller
Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
Corrag by Susan Fletcher

The 2009 shortlist:
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga
The Striped World by Emma Jones
Six Months in Sudan by James Maskalyk
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Waste by Tristram Stuart
After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld -- Winner!

Previous winners list from Wikipedia accessed 10/28/09
The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize is a British based literary prize. It is presented for the best work of literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama) by an author aged 35 or under, and from Britain or from the British Commonwealth.

The prize was initiated in 1942 by Jane Oliver in memory of her husband John Llewellyn Rhys, a young author who was killed on 5 August 1940 while serving as a bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force.

From 1987 to 2003, the prize was funded by the Mail on Sunday. The Mail on Sunday pulled out in 2003, after the 2002 prize was awarded to Mary Laven. Since then, the prize has been run by Booktrust, an independent educational charity. The winner receives £5,000, while the runners up each receive £500.


* 1942 - Michael Richey, Sunk by a Mine
* 1943 - Morwenna Donnelly, Beauty for Ashes
* 1944 - Alun Lewis, The Last Inspection
* 1945 - James Aldridge, The Sea Eagle
* 1946 - Oriel Malet, My Bird Sings
* 1947 - Anne-Marie Walters, Moondrop to Gascony
* 1948 - Richard Mason, The Wind Cannot Read
* 1949 - Emma Smith, Maiden's Trip
* 1950 - Kenneth Allsop, Adventure Lit Their Star
* 1951 - Elizabeth Jane Howard, The Beautiful Visit
* 1952 - No Award
* 1953 - Rachel Trickett, The Return Home
* 1954 - Tom Stacey, The Hostile Sun
* 1955 - John Wiles, The Moon to Play With
* 1956 - John Hearne, Voices Under the Window
* 1957 - Ruskin Bond, The Room on the Roof
* 1958 - V. S. Naipaul, The Mystic Masseur
* 1959 - Dan Jacobson, A Long Way from London
* 1960 - David Caute, At Fever Pitch
* 1961 - David Storey, Flight Into Camden
* 1962 - Robert Rhodes James, An Introduction to the House of Commons, and Edward Lucie-Smith, A Tropical Childhood and Other Poems
* 1963 - Peter Marshall, Two Lives
* 1964 - Nell Dunn, Up the Junction
* 1965 - Julian Mitchell, The White Father
* 1966 - Margaret Drabble, The Millstone
* 1967 - Anthony Masters, The Seahorse
* 1968 - Angela Carter, The Magic Toyshop
* 1969 - Melvyn Bragg, Without a City Wall
* 1970 - Angus Calder, The People's War
* 1971 - Shiva Naipaul, Fireflies
* 1972 - Susan Hill, The Albatross
* 1973 - Peter Smalley, A Warm Gun
* 1974 - Hugh Fleetwood, The Girl Who Passed for Normal
* 1975 - David Hare, Knuckle, and Tim Jeal, Cushing's Crusade
* 1976 - No Award
* 1977 - Richard Cork, Vorticism & Abstract Art in the First Machine Age
* 1978 - A. N. Wilson, The Sweets of Pimlico
* 1979 - Peter Boardman, The Shining Mountain
* 1980 - Desmond Hogan, The Diamonds at the Bottom of the Sea
* 1981 - A. N. Wilson, The Laird of Abbotsford
* 1982 - William Boyd, An Ice-Cream War
* 1983 - Lisa St Aubin de Teran, The Slow Train to Milan
* 1984 - Andrew Motion, Dangerous Play
* 1985 - John Milne, Out of the Blue
* 1986 - Tim Parks, Loving Roger
* 1987 - Jeanette Winterson, The Passion
* 1988 - Matthew Yorke, The March Fence
* 1989 - Claire Harman, Sylvia Townsend Warner
* 1990 - Ray Monk, Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius
* 1991 - A. L. Kennedy, Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains
* 1992 - Matthew Kneale, Sweet Thames
* 1993 - Jason Goodwin, On Foot to the Golden Horn: A Walk to Istanbul
* 1994 - Jonathan Coe, What a carve up!
* 1995 - Melanie McGrath, Motel Nirvana
* 1996 - Nicola Barker, Heading Inland
* 1997 - Phil Whitaker, Eclipse of the Sun
* 1998 - Peter Ho Davies, The Ugliest House in the World
* 1999 - David Mitchell, Ghostwritten
* 2000 - Edward Platt (writer), Leadville
o Shortlist
o Julia Leigh, The Hunter
o Roddy Lumsden, The Book of Love
o Ben Rice, Pobby & Dingan
o Zadie Smith, White Teeth
o Cole Moreton, Hungry for Home Leaving the Blaskets: A Journey from the Edge of Ireland
* 2001 - Susanna Jones, The Earthquake Bird
* 2002 - Mary Laven, Virgins of Venice
o (note: The 2002 prize was initially awarded to Hari Kunzru for his book The Impressionist on 20 November 2003, but the author decided to decline the award due to its sponsorship by the Mail on Sunday)
* 2003 - Charlotte Mendelson, Daughters of Jerusalem
* 2004 - Jonathan Trigell, Boy A
o Shortlist
o Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus
Rory Stewart, The Places in Between
o Neil Bennun, The Broken String
o Colin McAdam, Some Great Thing
o Anthony Cartwright, The Afterglow
* 2005 - Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation[1]
o Shortlist
o Rana Dasgupta, Tokyo Cancelled
o Peter Hobbs, The Short Day Dying
o Sinéad Morrissey, The State of the Prisons
o Rebecca Ray, Newfoundland
o Rachel Zadok, Gem Squash Tokoloshe
* 2006/7 - Sarah Hall, The Carhullan Army (US=Daughters of the North)
o Shortlist
o Ceridwen Dovey, Blood Kin
o Joanna Kavenna, Inglorious
o Robert Macfarlane, The Wild Places
o Gwendoline Riley, Joshua Spassky
o Rory Stewart, Occupational Hazards
* 2008 - Henry Hitchings, The Secret Life of Words
Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
Adam Foulds, The Broken Word
James Palmer, The Bloody White Baron
Ross Raisin, God's Own Country
Brian Schofield, Selling Your Father's Bones

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Endeavour Award (1999-2010)

from The Endeavour Award website accessed 11/21/10


...for a distinguished SCIENCE FICTION or FANTASY BOOK written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors and published in the previous year.

The award represents a collaboration between writers and fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy to encourage the growth of literature in the field and recognize works of excellence. It is named for H.M. Bark Endeavour, the ship of Northwest explorer Capt. James Cook.

The award is announced annually at OryCon, held in Portland, Oregon. The next award will be presented at OryCon 32 (November 2010) for a book published during 2009. The award is accompanied by a grant of $1,000.

Mind Over Ship by David Marusek [#2 follows Counting Heads]

City Without End by Kay Kenyon
Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight by Cat Rambo
Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
Push of the Sky by Camille Alexa

Space Magic by David D. Levine

Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Ill Met in the Arena by Dave Duncan
Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Stories by Ken Scholes
A World Too Near: Book Two of the Entire and the Rose by Kay Kenyon

The Silver Ship and the Sea by Brenda Cooper
The Book of Joby by Mark J. Ferrari
Bright of the Sky: Book One of the Entire and the Rose by Kay Kenyon
Not Flesh Nor Feathers by Cherie Priest
Powers by Ursula K. LeGuin

Forest Mage by Robin Hobb
Children of Chaos by Dave Duncan
Fortress of Ice by C.J. Cherryh
Horizon by Mary Rosenblum
Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Anywhere But Here by Jerry Oltion
Counting Heads, by David Marusek
Destroyer, by C.J. Cherryh
Fledgling: A Novel, by Octavia E. Butler
Quantico, by Greg Bear

The Child Goddess by Louise Marley
Alphabet of Thorn, by Patricia McKillip
Paradise Passed, by Jerry Oltion
The Secrets of Jin-Shei, by Alma Alexander
Two Trains Running, by Lucius Shepard

Red Thunder by John Varley

A Stir of Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Dragonmaster: Book Two - Knighthood of the Dragon by Chris Bunch
Storyteller by Amy Thomson
Time Travelers, Ghosts and Other Visitors by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Lion's Blood by Steven Barnes

The Maquisarde by Louise Marley
Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge
Technogenisis by Syne Mitchell

Tales From Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Free Lunch by Spider Robinson
Getaway Special by Jerry Oltion
Homefall by Chris Bunch
Past the Size of Dreaming by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
The Year the Cloud Fell by Kurt R.A. Giambastiani

The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Glass Harmonica by Louise Marley
Storm Force by Chris Bunch
Wind Over Heaven and Other Dark Tales by Bruce Holland Rogers
Terminal Visions by Richard Paul Russo

Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
Calculus of Angels by J. Gregory Keyes
The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
A Red Heart of Memories by Nina Kikiri Hoffman
The Terrorists of Irustan by Louise Marley

Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear
Golden Globe by John Varley
The Good Children by Kate Wilheim
Iron Shadows by Steve Barnes
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

National Book Awards (2005, 2009-10,+youth 1969-2008)

2010 finalists:
Winners will be announced November 17 in New York City.


Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey (Knopf)
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon --winner!
Great House by Nicole Krauss (Norton)
So Much for That by Lionel Shriver (Harper)
I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita (Coffee House Press)


Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (Spiegel & Grau)
Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq by John W. Dower (Norton/The New Press)
Just Kids by Patti Smith --winner!
Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward by Justin Spring (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War by Megan K. Stack (Doubleday)


The Eternal City by Kathleen Graber (Princeton University Press)
Lighthead by Terrance Hayes --winner!
By the Numbers by James Richardson (Copper Canyon Press)
One with Others by C.D. Wright (Copper Canyon Press)
Ignatz by Monica Youn (Four Way Books)

Young People's Literature

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine --winner!
Dark Water by Laura McNeal (Knopf)
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad)
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad)

The 2009 NBA finalists are:

* American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell
* Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann --Winner!
* In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
* Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips
* Far North by Marcel Theroux

* Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook by David M. Carroll
* Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures.... by Sean B. Carroll
* Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall.... by Greg Grandin
* The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, by Adrienne Mayor
* The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. J. Stiles -- Winner!

* Versed by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)
* Or to Begin Again by Ann Lauterbach (Viking Penguin)
* Speak Low by Carl Phillips (FSG)
* Open Interval by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (University of Pittsburgh Press)
* Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy by Keith Waldrop --Winner!

Young People's Literature
* Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
* Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose -- Winner!
* Stitches by David Small
* Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
* Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia

2005 finalists:


* E.L. Doctorow for The March: A Novel (Random House)
* Mary Gaitskill for Veronica: A Novel (Pantheon)
* Christopher Sorrentino for Trance: A Novel (FSG)
* Renè Steinke for Holy Skirts: A Novel of a Flamboyant Woman Who Risked All for Art (P.S.) (Morrow)
* William T. Vollmann for Europe Central (Viking) -- WINNER!


* Alan Burdick for Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion (FSG)
* Leo Damrosch for Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius (Houghton Mifflin)
* Joan Didion for The Year of Magical Thinking (Knopf) -- WINNER!
* Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn for 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers (Times Books)
* Adam Hochschild for Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves (Houghton Mifflin)


* John Ashbery for Where Shall I Wander (Ecco)
* Frank Bidart for Star Dust: Poems (FSG)
* Brendan Galvin for Habitat: New and Selected Poems, 1965-2005 (Louisiana State University Press)
* W.S. Merwin for Migration: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press) -- WINNER!
* Vern Rutsala for The Moment's Equation (Ashland Poetry Press)

Young People's Literature

* Jeanne Birdsall for The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy -- WINNER!
* Adele Griffin for Where I Want to Be (Putnam)
* Chris Lynch for Inexcusable (Atheneum)
* Walter Dean Myers for Autobiography of My Dead Brother (HarperTempest)
* Deborah Wiles for Each Little Bird That Sings

Collecting Children's Books by Peter D. Sieruta 10/11/09:


Let’s take a look back at some of the early NBA finalists and winners. Were the best books generally chosen, or have the winning titles been mostly forgotten by now?

The National Book Awards began in 1950, with only three categories. That year’s winners were THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM by Nelson Algren (fiction), RALPH WALDO EMERSON by Ralph L. Rusk (nonfiction), and PATERON BOOK III AND SELECTED POEMS by William Carlos Williams (Poetry.)

A category for children’s books did not exist until 1969 when Meindert DeJong won for JOURNEY FROM PEPPERMINT STREET. Other finalists were THE HIGH KING by Lloyd Alexander, CONSTANCE by Patricia Clapp, THE ENDLESS STEPPE by Esther Hautzig, and LANGSTON HUGHES by Milton Meltzer. In retrospect, JOURNEY FROM PEPPERMINT STREET seems a way of belatedly honoring DeJong for his earlier, better work. Nowadays PEPPERMINT is out of print and not considered one of his best.

1970 : A DAY OF PLEASURE : STORIES OF A BOY GROWING UP IN WARSAW by Isaac Bashevis Singer beat out WHERE THE LILIES BLOOM (Vera and Bill Cleaver), POPCORN AND MA GOODNESS (Edna Mitchell Preston), SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE (William Steig), and THE YOUNG UNITED STATES, 1783-1830 (Edwin Tunis.) Singer’s autobiographical volume, also now long-forgotten, seems like another “career prize,” possibly awarded as much for his adult work as for his children’s books.

1971 : THE MARVELOUS MISADVENTURES OF SEBASTIAN by Lloyd Alexander won over GROVER by Vera and Bill Cleaver, BLOWFISH LIVE IN THE SEA by Paula Fox, FROG AND TOAD ARE FRIENDS by Arnold Lobel and THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN by E.B. White. Yet another example of a noted author winning an NBA for one his lesser-known works.

1972 : THE SLIGHTLY IRREGULAR FIRE ENGINE, OR THE HITHERING THITHERING DJINN by Donald Barthleme was clearly chosen by judges way-too-impressed by Barthelme’s work for adults. No one in the field of children’s books took this children’s book seriously. Many of the other finalists, however, were excellent. They include: THE ART AND INDUSTRY OF SAND CASTLES by Jan Adkins, WILD IN THE WORLD by John Donovon, THE PLANET OF JUNIOR BROWN by Virginia Hamilton, HIS OWN WHERE by June Jordan, THE TOMBS OF ATUAN by Ursula K. LeGuin, MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien, HILIDID’S NIGHT by Cheli Duran Ryan, AMOS AND BORIS by William Steig, and FATHER FOX’S PENNYRHYMES by Wendy and Clyde Watson.

1973 : THE FARTHEST SHORE by Ursula K. LeGuin beat nominees THE HOUSE OF WINGS by Betsy Byars, TROLLS by Ingri and Edgar Parin d”Aulaire, JULIE OF THE WOLVES by Jean Craighead George, CHILDREN OF VIETNAM by Betty Jean Lifton and Thomas C. Fox, THE IMPOSSIBLE PEOPLE by Georgess McHargue, THE WITCHES OF WORM by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and DOMINIC by William Steig. Never out of print in the past three decades, THE FARTHEST SHORE is probably one of the NBA’s stronger choices.

1974 : Eleanor Cameron’s THE COURT OF THE STONE CHILDREN bested A HERO AIN’T NOTHING BUT A SANDWICH by Alice Childress, THE WHYS AND WHEREFORES OF LITTABELLE LEE by Vera and Bill Cleaver (and isn’t it nice to see them getting so much NBA love -- this is their third of four nominations -- when they were always passed over for the Newbery?), THE TREASURE IS THE ROSE by Julia Cunningham, SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER by Bette Greene , GUESTS IN THE PROMISED LAND by Kristin Hunter, A PROUD TASTE FOR SCARLET AND MINIVER by E.L. Konigsburg, A FIGURE OF SPEECH by Norma Fox Mazer, POOR RICHARD IN FRANCE by F.N. Monjo, and DUFFY AND THE DEVIL by Harve Zemach. The now-out-of-print winner, a cerebral fantasy, beat out a number of much more emotionally-charged novels.

1975 : Virginia Hamilton’s M.C. HIGGINS THE GREAT was the winner in a field that included THE DEVIL’S STORYBOOK by Natalie Babbitt, DOCTOR IN THE ZOO by Bruce Buchenholz, I TELL A LIE EVERY SO OFTEN by Bruce Clements, MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, JOI BANGLA : THE CHILDREN OF BANGLADESH by Jason Laure and Ettagale Laure, WORLD OF OUR FATHERS by Milton Meltzer, REMEMBER THE DAYS by Milton Meltzer (two nominations in one year), WINGS by Adrienne Rich, and THE EDGE OF NEXT YEAR by Mary Stolz. I especially love the last two titles on this list, but have to admit the Hamilton is a well-regarded choice. This was the first time the same book won the NBA and the Newbery.

1976 : A solid, old-fashioned novel, BERT BREEN’S BARN by Walter D. Edmonds took the trophy over TO THE GREEN MOUNTAINS by Eleanor Cameron, AS I WAS CROSSING BOSTON COMMON by Norma Faber, OF LOVE AND DEATH AND OTHER JOURNEYS by Isabelle Holland, THE STAR IN THE PAIL by David McCord, EL BRONX REMEMBERED by Nicolasa Mohr and LUDELL by Brenda Wilkinson. I always thought that BERT BREEN’S BARN had the feel of a classic, but it doesn’t appear to have caught on the way I expected.

1977 : THE MASTER PUPPETEER by Katherine Paterson won. The other finalists were NEVER TO FORGET : THE JEWS OF THE HOLOCAUST by Milton Meltzer, OX UNDER PRESSURE by John Ney, ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY by Mildred D. Taylor, and TUNES FOR A SMALL HARMONICA by Barbara Wersba. This was the first national prize recognition that Katherine Paterson received; soon she would become the most-honored author in children’s books.

1978 : THE VIEW FROM THE OAK by Judith Kohl and Herbert Kohl beat HEW AGAINST THE GRAIN by Betty Sue Cummings, MICHLING, SECOND DEGREE by Ilse Koehn, ONE AT A TIME by David McCord, and CALEB & KATE by William Steig. This year an out-of-left-field nonfiction book beat out a forgettable list of candidates. I think this may be the single weakest slate of NBA contenders in the history of the award.

1979 : Katherine Paterson scored again with THE GREAT GIILLY HOPKINS, leaving the following titles in the dust: THE FIRST TWO LIVES OF LUKAS-KASHA (Lloyd Alexander), QUEEN OF HEARTS (Vera and Bill Cleaver), HUMBUG MOUNTAIN (Sid Fleischman) and THE LITTLE SWINEHERD AND OTHER TALES (Paula Fox.) What’s so extraordinary about Katherine Paterson’s double NBA win is that within the same general time period she also won two Newberys for different titles!

From 1980 through 1986, the National Book Awards operated as the American Book Awards. The first year under that new name had two children’s categories -- for hardcover and paperback books, and as time went on the categories continued to multiply like Henry Huggins’ guppies, so that eventually there categories such as Hardcover Nonfiction and Paperback Picture Book. The paperback awards were especially odd, as they would often honor books published many years earlier in hardcover. Occasionally (and ridiculously) past NBA finalists would be nominated again when they turned up in paperback. For example, Lloyd Alexander’s 1969 finalist, THE HIGH KING, was nominated again as a paperback in 1981. It was insanity! Eventually the children’s categories were dropped completely and did not return when the American Book Awards reverted back to the National Book Awards in 1987. An NBA category called “Young People’s Literature” eventually reappeared in 1996.

1996 : PARROT IN THE OVEN : MI VIDA by Victor Martinez was the the first book to win in this category. Its competition included WHAT JAMIE SAW by Carolyn Coman, A GIRL NAMED DISASTER by Nancy Farmer, THE LONG SEASON OF RAIN by Helen Kim, and SEND ME DOWN A MIRACLE by Han Nolan. I believe the latter book was either a paperback original, or published simultaneougly in hardcover and paperback.

1997 : In a rather weak field, Han Nolan -- nominated for the second time in two years -- won for DANCING ON THE EDGE. Other contenders were THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES by Brock Cole, SONS OF LIBERTY by Adele Griffin, WHERE YOU BELONG by Mary Ann McGuigan, and MEAN MARGARET by Tor Seidler.

1998 : HOLES by Louis Sachar won -- the second time a book scored both the NBA and the Newbery. The four other finalists were THE SECRET LIFE OF AMANDA K. WOODS by Ann Cameron, JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY by Jack Gantos, NO PRETTY PICTURES : A CHILD OF WAR by Anita Lobel, and A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO by Richard Peck.

1999 : WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN by Kimberly Willis Holt took the prize over SPEAK (Laurie Halse Anderson), THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE (Louise Erdrich), THE TROLLS (Polly Horvath) and MONSTER (Walter Dean Myers.) In retrospect, do you think ZACHARY is the strongest book on this list? I don’t.

2000 : HOMELESS BIRD by Gloria Whelan beat out finalists FORGOTTEN FIRE by Adam Bagdasarian, THE BOOK OF THE LION by Michael Cadnum, MANY STONES by Carolyn Coman, and HURRY FREEDOM : AFRICAN AMERICANS IN GOLD RUSH CALIFORNIA. This may be the second weakest slate of NBA contenders in the history of the award.

2001 : TRUE BELIEVER by Virginia Euwer Wolff took the top spot, with the other four nominees being THE TIGER RISING by Kate DiCamillo, WE WERE THERE TOO! : YOUNG PEOPLE IN U.S. HISTORY by Philip Hoose; A STEP FROM HEAVEN by AN NA, and CARVER : A LIFE IN POEMS by Marilyn Nelson. When the Printz Awards were announced a couple months later, A STEP FROM HEAVEN won the top prize, with TRUE BELIEVER relegated to Honor Book status.

2002 : And the winner was...THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION by Nancy Farmer. Other finalists were FEED by M.T. Anderson, 19 VARIETIES OF GAZELLE : POEMS OF THE MIDEAST by Naomi Shihab Nye; THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME : THE LIFE AND SONGS OF WOODY GUTHRIE by Elizabeth Partridge, and HUSH by Jacqueline Woodson. It was a big year for SCORPION, which also picked up Newbery and Printz Honor Awards.

2003 : Polly Horvath took top honors with THE CANNING SEASON. The other lucky four were Paul Fleischman’s BREAKOUT, Jim Murphy’s AN AMERICAN PLAGUE, Richard Peck’s THE RIVER BETWEEN US and Jacqueline Woodson’s LOCOMOTION. Polly Horvath’s books are an acquired taste; obviously that year’s committee appreciated her off-beat work. I still haven’t finished reading THE CANNING SEASON.

2004 : GODLESS by Pete Hautman won, reflecting this category’s continued domination by young adult, rather than children’s, books. The finalists were HONEY, BABY, SWEETHEART by Deb Caletti, HARLEM STOMP : A CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE by Laban Carrick Hill, THE LEGEND OF BUDDY BUSH by Sheila P. Moses, and LUNA by Julie Ann Peters.

2005 : THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall was the winner. WHERE I WANT TO BE (Adele Griffin), INEXCUSABLE (Chris Lynch), AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY DEAD BROTHER (Walter Dean Myers) and EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS (Deborah Wiles) filled out the scorecard. Yeah, I know, I just got finished saying that the NBA tilts toward young adult titles, and then in 2005 they awarded the prize to an old-fashioned middle-grade novel. Still, I think it was the right choice.

2006 : THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING, TRAITOR TO THE NATION, VOLUME 1 : THE POX PARTY by M.T. Anderson was the winner. The other finalists were KETURAH AND LORD DEATH by Martine Leavitt, SOLD by Patricia McCormick, THE RULES OF SURVIVAL by Nancy Werlin, and AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Luen Yang. OCTAVIAN is clearly one of the great modern books, so its selection will always reflect well on the NBA.

2007 : Sherman Alexie’s THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN took top honors with the other four finalists being SKIN HUNGER by Kathleen Duey, TOUCHING SNOW by M. Sindy Felin, THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selznick and STORY OF A GIRL by Sara Zarr. People were surprised a couple months later when PART-TIME INDIAN didn’t get Printz recognition.

2008 : WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell was the somewhat surprising winner in a field that included CHAINS by Laurie Halse Anderson, THE UNDERNEATH by Kathi Appelt, THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart and THE SPECTACULAR NOW by Tim Tharp.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cundill Prize (2008-2010)

From Wikipedia accessed 11/17/10

Books determined to have had (or likely to have) a profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history.

Grand Prize
Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
Recognition of Excellence Prizes
Giancarlo Casale, The Ottoman Age of Exploration
Marla Miller, Betsy Ross and the Making of America

Grand Prize
Lisa Jardine, Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory
Recognition of Excellence Prizes
David Hackett Fischer, Champlain’s Dream
Pekka Hämäläinen, The Comanche Empire

Grand Prize
Stuart B. Schwartz, All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World
Recognition of Excellence Prizes
Harold J. Cook, Matters of Exchange: Commerce, Medicine, and Science in the Dutch Golden Age
Peter Fritzsche, Life and Death in the Third Reich

Hudson Booksellers: Best Books (2009-10)

From SA 11/24/09

Hudson Booksellers, which has 65 bookstores and sells books in more than 350 Hudson News newsstands in airports and transportation terminals in North America, has selected its best books published in 2010. The lists are displayed in all the stores and were picked by a panel of company booksellers and managers.

Book of the Year: The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Best Fiction:
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Room by Emma Donoghue
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Tinkers by Paul Harding
The Eden Hunter by Skip Horack
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

Best Nonfiction:
The Possessed by Elif Batuman
Let's Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
The Wave by Susan Casey
Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Fatal System Error by Joseph Menn
Birdology by Sy Montgomery
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Last Call by Daniel Okrent
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

Best Young Readers:
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Art & Max by David Wiesner

Best Business Interest:
Switch by Chip and Dean Heath
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Aftershock by Robert Reich

2009 winners:

Last Words by George Carlin
Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Lit by Mary Karr
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
Either You're in or You're in the Way by Logan and Noah Miller
Stitches by David Small
Emergency by Neil Strauss

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Spooner by Pete Dexter
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Fool by Christopher Moore
The Song Is You by Arthur Phillip
Lark & Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Young Readers:
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Business Interest:
The Silver Lining by Scott D. Anthony
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
Super Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Adland by James P. Othmer
Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize (1996-2010)

From IMPAC Dublin Literary Award accessed 11/4/09, 11/16/10

2011 Longlist:
Milena Agus The House in Via Manno translated by Brigid Maher
Niccolo Ammaniti As God Commands translated by Jonathan Hunt
Kalinda Ashton The Danger Game
Margaret Atwood The Year of the Flood
Paul Auster Invisible
Paolo Bacigalupi The Windup Girl
Vladislav Bajac Hamam Balkania translated by Randall A. Major
Tiffany Baker The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
Nicholson Baker The Anthologist
Ferenc Barnas The Ninth translated by Paul Olchváry
Mark Behr Kings of the Water
Gioconda Belli Infinity in the Palm of her Hand translated by Margaret Sayers Peden
Maissa Bey Above All, Don't Look Back translated by Senja L. Djelouah
Mikkel Birkegaard The Library of Shadows translated by Tiina Nunnally
Marie-Claire Blais Rebecca, Born in the Maelstrom translated by Nigel Spencer
Giles Blunt Breaking Lorca
William Boyd Ordinary Thunderstorms
T.C. Boyle The Women
Anita Brookner Strangers
Dan Brown The Lost Symbol
Diana Fitzgerald Bryden No Place Strange
A.S.Byatt The Children's Book
Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America
Massimo Carlotto & Marco Videtta Poisonville translated by Antony Shugaar
Nick Cave The Death of Bunny Munro
Dan Chaon Await Your Reply
Tracy Chevalier Remarkable Creatures
Hélène Cixous Hyperdream translated by Beverley Bie Brahic
Philippe Claudel
Brodeck's Report translated by John Cullen
Ann Cleeves Red Bones
J.M. Coetzee Summertime
Michael Crummey Galore
Ron Currie Jr. Everything Matters!
Maurice G. Dantec
Grand Junction translated by Tina A. Kover
Rana Dasgupta Solo
Pete Dexter Spooner
E.L. Doctorow Homer and Langley
Glen Duncan A Day and a Night and a Day
Jean Echenoz Running translated by Linda Coverdale
Kim Echlin The Disappeared
Dave Eggers The Wild Things
Ilsa Evans The Family Tree
Roopa Farooki The Way Things Look to Me
Fiona Farrell Limestone
Sebastian Faulks A Week in December
Laurence Fearnley Mother's Day
Adam Foulds The Quickening Maze
Julia Franck The Blind Side of the Heart translated by Anthea Bell
Patrick Gale The Whole Day Through
Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza Alone in the Crowd translated by Benjamin Moser
Jane Gardam The Man in the Wooden Hat
Maurice Gee Access Road
Paolo Giordano The Solitude of Prime Numbers translated by Shaun Whiteside
Glen David Gold Sunnyside
Hiromi Goto Half World
Jessica Grant Come, Thou Tortoise
Wolf Haas The Weather Fifteen Years Ago translated by Stephanie Gilardi and Thomas S. Hansen
Marion Halligan Valley of Grace
Paul Harding Tinkers
Marié Heese The Double Crown; Secret Writings of the Female Pharaoh
Nicole Helget The Turtle Catcher
Nick Hornby Juliet, Naked
Michelle Huneven Blame
Ameena Hussein  The Moon in the Water
M.J. Hyland This is How
John Irving Last Night in Twisted River
Tahar Ben Jelloun Leaving Tangier translated by Linda Coverdale
Paulette Jiles The Color of Lightning
Laleh Khadivi The Age of Orphans
Khoo Kheng-Hor Sifu: An Unusual Teacher in the Turbulence of the Malayan War
Rachael King Magpie Hall
Sophie Kinsella Twenties Girl
Barbara Kingsolver The Lacuna
Ayse Kulin Farewell: A Mansion in Occupied Istanbul tattranslated by Kenneth J. Dakan
Reif Larsen The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet
Norman Lebrecht The Game of Opposites
Siegfried Lenz A Minute's Silence translated by Anthea Bell
Jonathan Lethem  Chronic City
Yiyun Li The Vagrants
Jim Lynch Border Songs
Annabel Lyon  The Golden Mean
Alain Mabanckou Broken Glass translated by Helen Stevenson
Linden MacIntyre The Bishop's Man
David Malouf Ransom
Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall
Javier Marías Your Face Tomorrow: Poison, Shadow and Farewell translated by Margaret Jull Costs
Simon Mawer The Glass Room
Colum McCann Let the Great World Spin
Liam McIlvanney All the Colours of the Town
Zakes Mda Black Diamond
Patricia Melo Lost World translated by Clifford Landers
Philipp Meyer American Rust
Thando Mgqolozana A Man Who is Not a Man
Anne Michaels The Winter Vault
China Miéville The City And the City
Alex Miller Lovesong
Wu Ming Manituana translated by Shaun Whiteside
Shandi Mitchell Under this Unbroken Sky
Lisa Moore February
Lorrie Moore A Gate at the Stairs
C.E. Morgan All the Living
Marcel Moring In a Dark Wood
Kate Mosse The Winter Ghosts
Peter Murphy John the Revelator
H.M. Naqvi Home Boy
David Nicholls One Day
Audrey Niffenegger Her Fearful Symmetry
Elizabeth Nunez Anna In-Between
Joyce Carol Oates Little Bird of Heaven
Vida Ognjenovic Adulterers translated by Jelena Bankovic / Nicholas Moravcevich
Kristina Olsson  The China Garden
Amos Oz Rhyming Life and Death translated by Nicholas De Lange
Orhan Pamuk The Museum of Innocence translated by Maureen Freely
Jacques Pauw Little Ice Cream Boy
Eva Petric They All Ate Sushi
Caryl Phillips In the Falling Snow
Jayne Anne Phillips Lark & Termite
Claudia Pineiro Thursday Night Widows translated by Miranda France
Kate Pullinger The Mistress of Nothing
Anthony Quinn The Rescue Man
Kim Stanley Robinson Galileo's Dream
Santiago Roncaglio Red April translated by Edith Grossman
Jane Rusbridge The Devil's Music
Suhayl Saadi Joseph's Box
Maryam Sachs Without Saying Goodbye translated by Sara Sugihara
Gill Schierhout  The Shape of Him
Raphael Selbourne Beauty
Erick Setiawan Of Bees and Mist
Kamila Shamsie Burnt Shadows
Laurie Sheck A Monster's Notes
Daniel Silva The Defector
Craig Silvey Jasper Jones
Colleen Smith-Dennis Inner-City Girl
Kathryn Stockett The Help
Mari Strachan The Earth Hums in B Flat
Bahaa Taher Sunset Oasis translated by Humphrey T. Davies
Boston Teran Giv: The Story of a Dog and America
Colm Toibín Brooklyn
Jean-Philippe Toussaint Running Away translated by Matthew B. Smith
William Trevor Love and Summer
Thomas Trofimuk Waiting for Columbus
Dubravka Ugresic Baba Yaga Laid an Egg translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac et al
Chika Unigwe On Black Sisters' Street translated by H. Van Riemsdijk
Srdjan Valjarevic Lake Como translated by Allice Copple Tosic
Abraham Verghese Cutting for Stone
Esther Verhoef Close-Up translated by Paul Vincent
Dimitri Verhulst Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill translated by David Colmer
Pinki Virani Deaf Heaven
Jorge Volpi Season of Ash translated by Alfred J. MacAdam
Abdourahman Waberi In the United States of Africa translated by David and Nicole Ball
Kate Walbert A Short History of Women
Jeannette Walls Half- Broke Horses
Pieter Waterdrinker The German Wedding translated by Brian Doyle
Sarah Waters The Little Stranger
Colson Whitehead Sag Harbor
Tommy Wieringa Joe Speedboat translated by Sam Garrett
Manuka Wijesinghe Theravada Man
Damien Wilkins Somebody Loves Us All
Alison Wong As the Earth Turns Silver
Evie Wyld After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice
Michael Zadoorian The Leisure Seeker
Carlos Ruiz Zafon The Angel's Game translated by Lucia Graves

2010 Award
Monday 2nd November 2009:
Novels by two Irish writers; The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry, winner of the 2009 Costa Prize and Netherland by Joseph O’Neill, longlisted for the 2009 Man Booker prize have been nominated for the prestigious 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Complete 2010 shortlist:
The shortlist for this year's €100,000 (US$135,483) IMPAC Dublin Literary Award includes
The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker -- Winner!
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
In Zodiac Light by Robert Edric
Settlement  by Christoph Hein
The Believers by Zoë Heller
Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
God's Own Country by Ross Raisin
Home by Marilynne Robinson

2009 Award
Cllr. Emer Costello, Lord Mayor of Dublin announced today that 156 titles have been nominated for the €100,000 Award. It is the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English and is a Dublin City Council initiative, in partnership with IMPAC. The nominations come from 163 libraries in 123 cities and 43 countries worldwide.

Three debut novelists--Junot Díaz, Michael Thomas and Travis Holland--are among the eight finalists for the €100,000 (US$134,965) International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the world's richest English-language book prize, the Guardian reported. The judges selected the shortlist from a longlist of 147 titles, which had been nominated by libraries around the world. The winner will be announced June 11.

IMPAC Dublin prize shortlist
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Ravel: A Novel by Jean Echenoz
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Archivist's Story by Travis Holland
The Burnt-out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen
The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
Animal's People by Indra Sinha
Man Gone Down: A Novel by Michael Thomas -- Winner!

Previous winners:

DeNiro's Game by Rawi Hage

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

The Master by Colm Toibin

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun
(translated from the French by Linda Coverdale)

My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
(translated from the Turkish by Erdag M. Göknar)

Atomised(also published as The Elementary Particles) by Michel Houellebecq
(translated from the French by Frank Wynne)

No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod (Canadian)

Wide Open by Nicola Barker

Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller (English)

The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller
(translated from the German by Michael Hofmann)

A Heart So White by Javier Marias
(translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa)

Remembering Babylon by David Malouf (Australian)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Queensland Premier's Literary Awards (1999-2010)

From Wikipedia accessed 11/15/10

The Queensland Premier's Literary Awards were inaugurated in 1999 and have grown to become a leading literary awards program within Australia, with $225,000 in prizemoney over 14 categories. One of Australia's richest prizes, top categories offer up to $25,000 for 1st prize.

Fiction Book Award

2010 Summertime, J.M. Coetzee
2009 Wanting by Richard Flanagan
2008 The Spare Room by Helen Garner
2007 Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
2006 The Garden Book by Brian Castro
2005 The Turning by Tim Winton
2004 Elizabeth Costello by J. M. Coetzee
2003 Due Preparations For The Plague by Janette Turner Hospital
2002 The Volcano by Venero Armanno
2001 True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
2000 Drylands by Thea Astley
1999 Fredy Neptune: A Novel in Verse by Les Murray

Emerging Queensland Author - Manuscript Award

2010 RPM, Noel Mengel
2009 No Award. The prize was shared between four shortlisted authors: Inga Simpson, Rachel Claire, Chris Somerville and Pamela Douglas. Extracts from the shortlisted works were published in the 09:05 issue of Perilous Adventures: The Writer's Magazine.
2008 Omega Park by Amy Vought Barker
2007 Life in the Bus Lane by Ian Commins
2006 The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee
2005 The Long Road of the Junkmailer by Patrick Holland
2004 An Accidental Terrorist by Steven Lang
2003 The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies by Kimberley Starr
2002 The Lambing Flat by Nerida Newton
2001 Mama Kuma: One Woman, Two Cultures by Deborah Carlyon
2000 The Bone Flute by Nike Bourke
1999 Shoelaces by Jillian Watkinson

Unpublished Indigenous Writer - The David Unaipon Award

2010 Purple Threads, Jeanine Leane
2009 The Boundary by Nicole Watson
2008 Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkara
2007 Skin Painting by Elizabeth Eileen Hodgson
2006 Me, Antman and Fleabag by Gayle Kennedy
2005 Anonymous Premonition by Yvette Holt
2004 Dust on Waterglass by Tara June Winch
2003 Whispers of This Wik Woman by Fiona Doyle
2002 Home by Larissa Behrendt
2001 The Mish by Robert Lowe
2000 Bitin’ Back by Vivienne Cleven
1999 Of Muse, Meandering and Midnight by Samuel Wagan Watson
1998 Is That You Ruthie? by Ruth Hegarty
1997 When Darkness Falls by John Bodey
1996 Black Angels Red Blood by Steven McCarthy
1995 Warrigal's Way by Warrigal Anderson
1994 The Sausage Tree by Valda Gee and Rosalie Medcraft
1993 Bridge of Triangles by John Muk Muk Burke
1992 Sweet Water, Stolen Land by Philip McLaren
1991 Broken Dreams by Bill Dodd
1990 Caprice: A Stockman's Daughter by Doris Pilkington Garimara
1989 Holocaust Island by Graeme Dixon

Non-Fiction Book Award

2010 The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir, Mark Tredinnick
2009 The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island by Chloe Hooper
2008 Muck by Craig Sherborne
2007 Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica by Professor Tom Griffiths
2006 Packer's Lunch by Neil Chenoweth
2005 Papunya - A Place Made After the Story by Geoffrey Bardon and James Bardon
2004 A Death in Brazil by Peter Robb
2003 Meeting of the Waters by Margaret Simons
2002 The Boyds: A Family Biography by Dr Brenda Niall
2001 A Fine and Private Place by Brian Matthews

History Book Award - Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland Award

2010 Sydney Harbour: A history, Ian Hoskins
2009 Stella Miles Franklin by Jill Roe
2008 Drawing the Global Colour Line by Professor Marilyn Lake and Professor Henry Reynolds
2007 Iron Kingdom by Christopher Clark
2006 Arthur Tange: The Last of the Mandarins by Dr Peter Edwards
2005 The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African History Through Songs, Sermons and Speech by Shane White and Graham White
2004 Dancing with Strangers by Inga Clendinnen
2003 Mussolini by Professor Richard Bosworth
2002 Gallipoli by Les Carlyon
2001 The Colonial Earth by Tim Bonyhady
2000 John Curtin: A Life by David Day
1999 The Sky Travellers by Bill Gammage

Children's Book Award - Mary Ryan's Award

2009 Little Blue by Gaye Chapman
2008 The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin and Anne Spudvilas
2007 Layla Queen of Hearts by Glenda Millard
2006 The Slightly Bruised Glory of Cedar B. Hartley (who can't help flying high and falling in deep) by Martine Murray
2005 Camel Rider by Prue Mason
2004 Dragonkeeper by Carole Wilkinson
2003 Rain May and Captain Daniel by Catherine Bateson
2002 Blat Magic by Michael Stephens
2001 Fox by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks
2000 The Family Tree by Jane Godwin
1999 Unseen by Paul Jennings

Young Adult Book Award

2010 Toppling, Sally Murphy
2009 A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard
2008 Requiem for a Beast by Matt Ottley
2007 One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
2006 The Red Shoe by Ursula Dubosarsky
2005 Secret Scribbled Notebooks by Joanne Horniman
2004 How to Make a Bird by Martine Murray
2003 Boys of Blood and Bone by David Metzenthen
2002 When Dogs Cry by Markus Zusak
[edit]Science Writers - Department of State Development, Trade and Innovation Award

2010 Catching Cancer, Sonya Pemberton
2009 Pasteur's Gambit: Louis Pasteur, The Australasian Rabbit Plague and a Ten Million Dollar Prize by Stephen Dando-Collins
2008 Why is Uranus Upside Down? (and other Questions about the Universe) by Professor Fred Watson
2007 Crude by Dr Richard Smith
2006 Good Health in the 21st Century by Dr Carole Hungerford
2005 Stem Cells by Elizabeth Finkel
2004 Genius of Junk by Sonya Pemberton

Poetry Collection - Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award

2010 Apocrypha, Peter Boyle
2009 The Striped World by Emma Jones
2008 Typewriter Music by David Malouf
2007 The Passenger by Dr Laurie Duggan
2006 The New Arcadia by Professor John Kinsella
2005 The Ship by Sarah Day
2004 Wolf Notes by Judith Beveridge

Australian Short Story Collection - Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award

2010 Little White Slips, Karen Hitchcock
2009 The Boat by Nam Le
2008 Someone Else by John Hughes
2007 Every Move You Make by David Malouf
2006 A Funny thing Happened at 27 000 Feet by Craig Cormick
2005 Vincenzo's Garden by John Clancy
2004 Mahjar by Eva Sallis

Literary Work Advancing Public Debate - the Harry Williams Award

2010 Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change, Clive Hamilton
2009 Code of Silence by Sarah Ferguson
2008 In My Shoes by Quentin McDermott and Steve Taylor
2007 Jonestown by Chris Masters
2006 Asbestos House by Gideon Haigh
2005 Sickness in the System by Hedley Thomas
2004 The History Wars by Stuart Macintyre and Anna Clark
2003 Dark Victory by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson
2002 In Denial: The Stolen Generations and the Right by Robert Manne and Reconciliation: A Journey by Michael Gordon
2001 Borderline: Australia's Treatment of Refugees and Asylum Seekers by Peter Mares and Dossier Inside the ABC by David Fagan and Dossier Team
2000 Why Weren't We Told by Henry Reynolds
1999 The Moment the Laughter Died by Tony Koch

Friday, November 12, 2010

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 1988-2010

from Canadian Children's Book Centre accessed 7/16/10

The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award was established in 2005 to honour the most distinguished book of the year for children aged 1 to 12. Entries are judged on the quality of the text and illustrations and the book’s overall contribution to literature. All books for children, in any genre, written by a Canadian, are eligible for the award. The winning book receives $25,000 and an additional $10,000 is divided amongst the honour books. The publisher of the winning book receives $2,500 for promotional purposes.

The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format, for children aged 3 to 8. Charles Baillie, retired Chairman and CEO of TD Bank Financial Group, is delighted to give the prize in his wife Marilyn’s name. As an award-winning children’s book author and an early learning specialist, Marilyn is involved in and passionate about children’s literature. The winning book receives $20,000.

The Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction was established by the Fleck Family Foundation in 1999 to recognize Canada’s exceptional non-fiction books for young people. The award honours Norma Fleck (1906-1998), who inspired a deep love of reading in her children and grandchildren. Dr. James Fleck, who initiated the award, is the son of Norma Fleck. The winning book receives $10,000.

The Geoffrey Bilson Award was established in 1988 in memory of the respected historian and children's author, Geoffrey Bilson. The $5,000 prize is awarded annually to the Canadian author of an outstanding work of historical fiction for young people. In 2005, the Bilson Endowment Fund was created to support this award. If you wish to contribute to this fund, please contact the CCBC.

2010 Canadian Children’s Literature Award Shortlist
Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton
Home Free by Sharon Jennings
The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade --Winner!
A Thousand Years of Pirates and illustrated by William Gilkerson
Watching Jimmy by Nancy Hartry

2010 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Shortlist
Bitter, Sweet by Laura Best
Crusade by John Wilson
Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard
Vanishing Girl(The Boy Sherlock Holmes,Book 3) by Shane Peacock--Winner!
Watching Jimmy by Nancy Hartry

2009 Canadian Children’s Literature Award
Nicola I. Campbell, Shin-chi's Canoe. Illustrated by Kim LaFave.

2009 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
John Ibbitson, The Landing
2008 Canadian Children’s Literature Award
Christopher Paul Curtis, Elijah of Buxton

2008 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Christopher Paul Curtis, Elijah of Buxton
2007 Canadian Children’s Literature Award
Sarah Ellis, Odd Man Out

2007 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Eva Wiseman, Kanada
2006 Canadian Children’s Literature Award
Pamela Porter, The Crazy Man

2006 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Pamela Porter, The Crazy Man
2005 Canadian Children’s Literature Award
Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance 

2005 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Michel Noël, Good for Nothing
2004 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Brian Doyle, Boy O’Boy

2003 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Joan Clark, The Word for Home

2002 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Virginia Frances Schwartz, If I Just Had Two Wings

2001 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Sharon McKay, Charlie Wilcox

2000 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
No award?

1999 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Iain Lawrence, The Wreckers

1998 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Irene N. Watts, Good-bye Marianne

1997 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Janet McNaughton, To Dance at the Palais Royale

1996 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Marianne Brandis, Rebellion: A Novel of Upper Canada

1995 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Joan Clark, The Dream Carvers

1994 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Kit Pearson, The Lights Go On Again

1993 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Celia Barker Lottridge, Ticket to Curlew

1992 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
  no award?

1991 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Marianne Brandis, The Sign of the Scales

1990 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Kit Pearson, The Sky is Falling

1989 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Martyn Godfrey, Mystery in the Frozen Lands

1988 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Carol Matas, Lisa

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wellcome Trust Book Prize (2009-10)

from Wellcome Trust Book Prize accessed 11/11/10

The Wellcome Trust Book Prize celebrates the best of medicine in literature by awarding £25 000 each year for the finest fiction or non-fiction book centred around medicine. On these pages you can read about this year's judges and find out everything you need to know about how the prize works.

2010 Shortlist
• 'So Much for That' by Lionel Shriver
• 'Grace Williams Says it Loud' by Emma Henderson
• 'Medic: Saving lives - from Dunkirk to Afghanistan' by John Nichol and Tony Rennell
• 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot --Winner!
• 'Teach Us to Sit Still' by Tim Parks
• 'Angel of Death: The Story of Smallpox' by Gareth Williams

Inaugural Prize 2009 Shortlist
• Cutting for Stone
• Illness: The art of living
• Intuition
• Keeper: Living with Nancy --Winner!
• Three Letter Plague
• Tormented Hope

Goncourt Prize (1903-2010)

From Wikipedia accessed 11/11/10

The Prix Goncourt (French: Le prix Goncourt, IPA: [lə pʁi ɡɔ̃kuʁ], The Goncourt Prize) is a prize in French literature, given by the académie Goncourt to the author of "the best and most imaginative prose work of the year". Four other prizes are also awarded: prix Goncourt du Premier Roman (first novel), prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle (short story), prix Goncourt de la Poésie (poetry) and prix Goncourt de la Biographie (biography). [nta=no translation available as of 3/09)

1903 John Antoine Nau Force ennemie nta
1904 Léon Frapié La Maternelle nta For the 1933 film see La Maternelle
1905 Claude Farrère Les Civilisés nta
1906 Jérôme Tharaud Dingley, l'illustre écrivain nta
1907 Emile Moselly Le Rouet d'ivoire and Jean des Brebis ou le livre de la misère nta Pseudonym of Emile Chénin.
1908 Francis de Miomandre Ecrit sur l'eau nta
1909 Marius-Ary Leblond En France nta
1910 Louis Pergaud De Goupil à Margot nta
1911 Alphonse de Châteaubriant Monsieur des Lourdines nta
1912 André Savignon Les Filles de la pluie nta
1913 Marc Elder Le peuple de la mer nta
1914 Adrien Bertrand L'Appel du Sol The Call of the Soil (1919) Awarded in 1916. See footnote.[2]
1915 René Benjamin Gaspard Private Gaspard (1916)
1916 Henri Barbusse Le Feu Under Fire (1917) See footnote.[2]
1917 Henry Malherbe La Flamme au poing The Flame That Is France (1918)
1918 Georges Duhamel Civilisation Civilization (1919)
1919 Marcel Proust A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs Within a Budding Grove Volume 2 of In Search of Lost Time
1920 Ernest Pérochon Nêne Nêne (1920)
1921 René Maran Batouala Batouala (1921)
1922 Henri Béraud Le vitriol de la lune and Le martyre de l'obèse nta
1923 Lucien Fabre Rabevel ou Le mal des ardents nta
1924 Thierry Sandre Le Chèvrefeuille, le Purgatoire, le Chapitre XIII nta
1925 Maurice Genevoix Raboliot nta
1926 Henri Deberly Le supplice de Phèdre The Peat-Cutters (1927)
1927 Maurice Bedel Jérôme 60° latitude nord Jerome: or, The Latitude of Love (1928)
1928 Maurice Constantin-Weyer Un Homme se penche sur son passé A Man Scans His Past (1929)
1929 Marcel Arland L'Ordre nta
1930 H. Fauconnier Malaisie The Soul of Malaya (1931) or Malaisie
1931 Jean Fayard Mal d'amour Desire (1931)
1932 Guy Mazeline Les Loups The Wolves
1933 André Malraux La Condition humaine Man's Fate (1934)
1934 Roger Vercel Capitaine Conan Captain Conan (1935) For the 1996 film see Capitaine Conan
1935 Joseph Peyre Sang et Lumières nta
1936 Maxence Van Der Meersch L'Empreinte de Dieu Hath Not the Potter (1937)
1937 Charles Plisnier Faux Passeports nta
1938 Henri Troyat L'Araigne nta
1939 Philippe Hériat Les enfants gâtés nta
1940 Francis Ambrière Les grandes vacances nta
1941 Henri Pourrat Vent de Mars nta
1942 Marc Bernard Pareil à des enfants nta
1943 Marius Grout Passage de l'Homme When the Man Passed By (1962)
1944 Elsa Triolet Le premier accroc coûte 200 Francs A Fine of Two Hundred Francs (1947)
1945 Jean-Louis Bory Mon village à l'heure allemande nta
1946 Jean-Jacques Gautier Histoire d'un Fait divers nta
1947 Jean-Louis Curtis Les Forêts de la Nuit The Forests of the Night (1950)
1948 Maurice Druon Les grandes familles nta
1949 Robert Merle Week-end à Zuydcoote Week-end at Zuydcoote (1950). For the 1964 film see Weekend at Dunkirk
1950 Paul Colin Les jeux sauvages nta
1951 Julien Gracq Le Rivage des Syrtes The Opposing Shore (1986) Refused prize.
1952 Béatrix Beck Léon Morin, prêtre The Priest (UK 1953), The Passionate Heart (US 1953). For the 1961 film see Léon Morin, Priest
1953 Pierre Gascar Les Bêtes nta
1954 Simone de Beauvoir Les Mandarins The Mandarins (1957)
1955 Roger Ikor Les eaux mêlées nta
1956 Romain Gary Les racines du ciel The Roots of Heaven (1957) For the 1958 film see The Roots of Heaven
1957 Roger Vailland La Loi The Law (1958)
1958 Francis Walder Saint Germain ou la Négociation nta
1959 André Schwarz-Bart Le dernier des Justes The Last of the Just (1960)
1960 Vintilă Horia Dieu est né en exil God Was Born in Exile (1961)
1961 Jean Cau La pitié de Dieu nta
1962 Anna Langfus Les bagages de sable nta
1963 Armand Lanoux Quand la mer se retire nta
1964 Georges Conchon L'Etat sauvage nta
1965 Jacques Borel L'Adoration nta
1966 Edmonde Charles-Roux Oublier Palerme To Forget Palermo (1968)
1967 André Pieyre de Mandiargues La Marge The Margin (1970)
1968 Bernard Clavel Les fruits de l'hiver The Fruits of Winter (1969)
1969 Félicien Marceau Creezy nta
1970 Michel Tournier Le Roi des Aulnes The Erl-King (UK 1972) or The Ogre (US 1972) For the 1996 film see The Ogre
1971 Jacques Laurent Les Bêtises nta
1972 Jean Carrière L'Epervier de Maheux nta
1973 Jacques Chessex L'Ogre A Father's Love (1975)
1974 Pascal Lainé La Dentellière A Web of Lace (1976) or The Lacemaker(?) (2008(?))[3] For the 1977 film see The Lacemaker.
1975 Emile Ajar (Romain Gary) La vie devant soi Momo (1978) or The Life Before Us (1986). For the 1977 film see Madame Rosa
1976 Patrick Grainville Les Flamboyants nta
1977 Didier Decoin John l'enfer nta
1978 Patrick Modiano Rue des boutiques obscures Missing Person (1980)
1979 Antonine Maillet Pélagie la Charette Pélagie: The Return to Acadie (1982)
1980 Yves Navarre Le Jardin d'acclimatation nta
1981 Lucien Bodard Anne Marie nta
1982 Dominique Fernandez Dans la main de l'Ange nta
1983 Frédérick Tristan Les égarés The Lost Ones (1991)
1984 Marguerite Duras L'Amant The Lover (1986). For the 1992 film see The Lover.
1985 Yann Queffélec Les Noces barbares The Wedding (1987)
1986 Michel Host Valet de nuit nta
1987 Tahar Ben Jelloun La Nuit sacrée The Sacred Night (1989)
1988 Érik Orsenna L'Exposition coloniale nta
1989 Jean Vautrin Un grand pas vers le Bon Dieu nta
1990 Jean Rouaud Les Champs d'honneur Fields of Glory (1992)
1991 Pierre Combescot Les Filles du Calvaire nta
1992 Patrick Chamoiseau Texaco Texaco (1998)
1993 Amin Maalouf Le Rocher de Tanios The Rock of Tanios (1994)
1994 Didier Van Cauwelaert Un Aller simple One-Way (2003)
1995 Andreï Makine Le Testament français Dreams of My Russian Summers (1998)
1996 Pascale Roze Le Chasseur Zéro nta
1997 Patrick Rambaud La Bataille The Battle (2000)
1998 Paule Constant Confidence pour confidence nta
1999 Jean Echenoz Je m'en vais I'm Gone (US 2001) or I'm Off (UK 2001)
2000 Jean-Jacques Schuhl Ingrid Caven Ingrid Caven (2004)
2001 Jean-Christophe Rufin Rouge Brésil Brazil Red (2004)
2002 Pascal Quignard Les Ombres errantes nta
2003 Jacques-Pierre Amette La maîtresse de Brecht Brecht's Lover (US 2005) or Brecht's Mistress (UK 2005)
2004 Laurent Gaudé Le Soleil des Scorta The House of Scorta (US 2006) The Scortas' Sun (UK 2007)
2005 François Weyergans Trois jours chez ma mère nta
2006 Jonathan Littell Les Bienveillantes The Kindly Ones (2009)
2007 Gilles Leroy Alabama song nta
2008 Atiq Rahimi Syngué Sabour: La pierre de patience Stone of Patience (UK 2010) The Patience Stone (US 2010)
2009 Marie NDiaye Trois femmes puissantes nta
2010 Michel Houellebecq La Carte et le territoire nta

Scotiabank Giller Prize (1994-2009)

2010 Longlist
The Matter With Morris by David Bergen -- shortlist
Player One by Douglas Coupland (House of Anansi Press)
Cities of Refuge by Michael Helm (McClelland & Stewart)
Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod  -- shortlist
The Debba by Avner Mandelman (Other Press/Random House of Canada)
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (Dial/Random House of Canada)
This Cake Is For The Party by Sarah Selecky  -- shortlist
The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud  -- shortlist, Winner!
Lemon by Cordelia Strube (Coach House Books)
Curiosity by Joan Thomas (McClelland & Stewart)
Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart (McClelland & Stewart)
Cool Water by Dianne Warren (Phyllis Bruce Books/HarperCollins)
Annabel by Kathleen Winter -- shortlist

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is an award that goes to the author of a Canadian novel or short story fiction collection published in English (including translation) deemed by a jury to be the best published in the previous year.

This prize was established as the Giller Prize in 1994 by Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife Doris Giller, a former literary editor at the Toronto Star. The prize is awarded in November of each year, along with a cash reward (then CAN$25,000).

On September 22, 2005, the Giller Prize established an endorsement deal with Scotiabank, a major Canadian bank. The total prize package for the award was increased to $50,000, with $40,000 presented to the winning author and $2,500 each for the other four shortlisted nominees. The award's official name was also changed at that time to the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

In 2006, the prize instituted a longlist for the first time, comprising no fewer than 10 and no more than 15 titles. In 2008, the prize fund was increased to $50,000 for the winning author and $5,000 for each of the authors on the shortlist.

Winners listed first under each year:

* M.G. Vassanji, The Book of Secrets
* Bonnie Burnard, Casino and Other Stories
* Eliza Clark, What You Need
* Shyam Selvadurai, Funny Boy
* Steve Weiner, The Museum of Love

* Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
* Timothy Findley, The Piano Man's Daughter
* Barbara Gowdy, Mister Sandman
* Leo McKay, Jr., Like This
* Richard B. Wright, The Age of Longing

* Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
* Gail Anderson-Dargatz, The Cure for Death by Lightning
* Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall on Your Knees
* Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
* Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Englishman's Boy

* Mordecai Richler, Barney's Version
* Michael Helm, The Projectionist
* Shani Mootoo, Cereus Blooms at Night
* Nino Ricci, Where She Has Gone
* Carol Shields, Larry's Party

* Alice Munro, The Love of a Good Woman
* André Alexis, Childhood
* Gail Anderson-Dargatz, A Recipe for Bees
* Barbara Gowdy, The White Bone
* Greg Hollingshead, The Healer
* Wayne Johnston, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

* Bonnie Burnard, A Good House
* Timothy Findley, Pilgrim
* Anne Hébert, Am I Disturbing You?
* Nancy Huston, The Mark of the Angel
* David Macfarlane, Summer Gone


In 2000, the award was presented to two writers and juried by Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, and Jane Urquhart. This is the only time the Giller has ever resulted in a tie, and Rabinovitch has advised subsequent Giller juries that they must choose a single winner.

* Michael Ondaatje, Anil's Ghost
* David Adams Richards, Mercy Among the Children
* Alan Cumyn, Burridge Unbound
* Elizabeth Hay, A Student of Weather
* Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach
* Fred Stenson, The Trade

* Richard B. Wright, Clara Callan
* Sandra Birdsell, The Russlander
* Michael Crummey, River Thieves
* Michael Redhill, Martin Sloane
* Timothy Taylor, Stanley Park
* Jane Urquhart, The Stone Carvers

* Austin Clarke, The Polished Hoe
* Bill Gaston, Mount Appetite
* Wayne Johnston, The Navigator of New York
* Lisa Moore, Open
* Carol Shields, Unless

* M.G. Vassanji, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
* Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
* John Bemrose, The Island Walkers
* John Gould, Kilter: 55 Fictions
* Ann-Marie MacDonald, The Way the Crow Flies

* Alice Munro, Runaway
* Shauna Singh Baldwin, The Tiger Claw
* Wayson Choy, All That Matters
* Pauline Holdstock, Beyond Measure
* Paul Quarrington, Galveston
* Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness

David Bergen, The Time in Between --winner!
* Joan Barfoot, Luck
* Camilla Gibb, Sweetness in the Belly
* Lisa Moore, Alligator: A Novel
* Edeet Ravel, A Wall of Light

* Vincent Lam, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures
* Rawi Hage, De Niro's Game
* Pascale Quiviger, The Perfect Circle (translation by Sheila Fischman)
* Gaétan Soucy, The Immaculate Conception (translation by Lazer Lederhendler)
* Carol Windley, Home Schooling

Longlist nominees

In 2006, the Giller Prize publicized its preliminary longlist for the first time.
* David Adams Richards, The Friends of Meager Fortune
* Caroline Adderson, Pleased to Meet You
* Todd Babiak, The Garneau Block
* Randy Boyagoda, Governor of the Northern Province
* Douglas Coupland, jPod
* Alan Cumyn, The Famished Lover
* Rawi Hage, De Niro's Game
* Kenneth J. Harvey, Inside
* Wayne Johnston, The Custodian of Paradise
* Vincent Lam, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures --shortlist
* Annette Lapointe, Stolen
* Pascale Quiviger, The Perfect Circle
* Gaétan Soucy, The Immaculate Conception
* Russell Wangersky, The Hour of Bad Decisions
* Carol Windley, Home Schooling

* Elizabeth Hay, Late Nights on Air
* Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero
* Daniel Poliquin, A Secret Between Us (trans. Donald Winkler)
* M. G. Vassanji, The Assassin's Song
* Alissa York, Effigy

Longlist nominees

* David Chariandy, Soucouyant
* Sharon English, Zero Gravity
* Barbara Gowdy, Helpless
* Elizabeth Hay, Late Nights on Air
* Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes
* Paulette Jiles, Stormy Weather
* D. R. MacDonald, Lauchlin of the Bad Heart
* Claire Mulligan, The Reckoning of Boston Jim
* Mary Novik, Conceit
* Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero
* Daniel Poliquin, A Secret Between Us (translated by Donald Winkler)
* M. G. Vassanji, The Assassin's Song
* Michael Winter, The Architects Are Here
* Richard B. Wright, October
* Alissa York, Effigy

* Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce
* Anthony De Sa, Barnacle Love
* Marina Endicott, Good to a Fault
* Rawi Hage, Cockroach
* Mary Swan, The Boys in the Trees

Longlist nominees

* David Adams Richards, The Lost Highway
* David Bergen, The Retreat
* Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce
* Austin Clarke, More
* Anthony De Sa, Barnacle Love
* Emma Donoghue, The Sealed Letter
* Marina Endicott, Good to a Fault
* Steven Galloway, The Cellist of Sarajevo
* Rawi Hage, Cockroach
* Kenneth J. Harvey, Blackstrap Hawco
* Patrick Lane, Red Dog, Red Dog
* Pasha Malla, The Withdrawal Method
* Paul Quarrington, The Ravine
* Nino Ricci, The Origin of Species
* Mary Swan, The Boys in the Trees

2009 Giller Prize Longlist from Scotiabank Giller Prize accessed 9/22/09

September 21, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – The 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury today announced its longlist of books in the running for this year’s prize. The jury selected 12 titles out of 96 books, submitted by 39 publishers from every region of Canada.

Celebrated American novelist and short story writer Russell Banks, acclaimed UK author and journalist Victoria Glendinning, and distinguished Canadian writer and professor, Alistair MacLeod made up the 2009 jury. Two thousand and nine marks the sixteenth year of the prize.

From a highly competitive field, the Scotiabank Giller jury has selected the following titles for this year’s longlist:

Atwood, Margaret for her novel The Year Of The Flood
Martha Bailie for her novel The Incident Report
Kim Echlin for her novel The Disappeared
Claire Holden Rothman for her novel The Heart Specialist
Paulette Jiles for her novel The Colour Of Lighting
Jeanette Lynes for her novel The Factory Voice
Annabel Lyon for her novel The Golden Mean
Linden MacIntyre for his novel The Bishop’s Man -- Winner!
Colin McAdam for his novel Fall
Anne Michaels for her novel The Winter Vault
Shani Mootoo for her novel Valmiki’s Daughter
Kate Pullinger for her novel The Mistress Of Nothing

Of the longlist, the jury writes:

"Though they vary stylistically and structurally and connect with and extend a range of novelistic traditions, every one of these twelve books is an excellent, beautifully crafted work of fiction with a cast of vividly realized, memorable characters. We were particularly impressed by the authors' broad and deep visions of society and their profound affection for humanity and the natural world. Equally impressive is their imaginative engagement with history, from that of ancient Greece to yesterday's breaking news, and even in a few cases, to the history of a dystopian future."

The shortlisted finalists will be announced at a news conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto on Tuesday, October 6th. CTV is the proud broadcast partner of The Scotiabank Giller Prize. Broadcast details will be disclosed at a later date.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $50,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $5,000 to each of the finalists. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch.

Prime Minister's Literary Awards (2008-2010)

From Australian Government, Arts and Culture accessed 7/19/10

2010 Shortlist:
Children's fiction
* Cicada Summer by Kate Constable
* The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrator Andrew Joyner
* Just Macbeth by Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton
* Mr Chicken goes to Paris by Leigh Hobbs
* Running with the Horses by Alison Lester
* Star Jumps by Lorraine Marwood --Winner!
* Mannie and the Long Brave Day by Martine Murray and illustrator Sally Rippin
* Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children by Jen Storer
* Harry and Hopper by Margaret Wild and illustrator Freya Blackwood

* Summertime by J. M. Coetzee
* The Book of Emmett by Deborah Forster
* The Lakewoman by Alan Gould
* Dog Boy by Eva Hornung
* Ransom by David Malouf --Winner!
* Lovesong by Alex Miller
* As the Earth turns Silver by Alison Wong

The Water Dreamers: The Remarkable History of Our Dry Continent by Michael Cathcart
Strange Places: A Memoir of Mental Illness by Will Elliott
The Colony: A History of Early Sydney by Grace Karskens --Winner!
The Life and Death of Democracy by John Keane
The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir by Mark Tredinnick
The Ghost at the Wedding by Shirley Walker

Young adult fiction
* Stolen by Lucy Christopher
* The Winds of Heaven by Judith Clarke
* Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God by Bill Condon --Winner!
* The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Golds
* Swerve by Phillip Gwynne
* Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen
* Beatle meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate the contribution of Australian literature to the nation's cultural and intellectual life. The awards, held annually, recognise literature's importance to our national identity, community and economy. A tax free prize of $100,000 is awarded to the works judged to be of the highest literary merit in each of two categories: fiction and non-fiction.

The 2009 Prime Minister's Literary Award winners were named by Peter Garrett, Australia's Minister for the Arts. Nam Le won the fiction prize for his short story collection, The Boat, which the judging panel praised for "the daring scope and excellence of its execution, the generous breadth of its emotional and social traverse and the excitement generated by every story."

The nonfiction award was shared by two books, House of Exile: The Life and Times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger-Mann by Evelyn Juers and Drawing the Global Colour Line by Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds. The nonfiction judges lauded both books for "great intellectual authority and international research."

2009 Shortlist:
* Van Diemen's Land - James Boyce (Black Inc.)
* Doing Life: A Biography of Elizabeth Jolley - Brian Dibble (UWA Press)
* Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History - Jenny Hocking
* The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island - Chloe Hooper (Penguin Books)
* House of Exile: The Life and Times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger-Mann - Evelyn Juers --co-winner!
* Drawing the Global Colour Line - Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds --co-winner!
* The Henson Case - David Marr (Text Publishing)
* American Journeys - Don Watson (Random House)

* The Pages - Murray Bail (Text Publishing)
* People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks (Harper Collins)
* Wanting - Richard Flanagan (Random House)
* Everything I Knew - Peter Goldsworthy (Penguin Books)
* One Foot Wrong - Sofie Laguna (Allen and Unwin)
* The Boat - Nam Le -- Winner!
* The Good Parents - Joan London (Random House)

2008 Prime Minister Literary Awards shortlist

The Minister for the Arts has announced the short list for the 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
Short list: Fiction

The 91 entries in the fiction category of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards included a wide range of contemporary Australian fiction.

The seven short-listed fiction books include works in prose, a compilation of short stories and one work in verse. Among the short list are writers whose distinguished careers have spanned decades as well as debut authors whose careers are just beginning.

* Burning In Mireille Juchau (Giramondo)
* El Dorado Dorothy Porter (Picador)
* Jamaica Malcolm Knox (Allen and Unwin)
* Sorry Gail Jones (Vintage)
* The Complete Stories David Malouf (Knopf)
* The Widow and Her Hero Tom Keneally (Doubleday)
* The Zookeeper's War Steven Conte (Fourth Estate) -- winner!

Short list: Non-fiction

A total of 103 books, traversing topics from politics, art, philosophy and architecture were entered in the 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards non-fiction category.

The judges selected the seven short-listed books because of their originality, rich detail and clarity of writing. Included in the short list are histories born from meticulous research, engaging accounts of survival and moving stories that resonate long after the book has been closed.

* A History of Queensland Raymond Evans (Cambridge University Press)
* Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time Clive James (Picador)
* My Life as a Traitor Zarah Ghahramani with Robert Hillman (Scribe)
* Napoleon: The Path to Power, 1769–1799 Philip Dwyer (Bloomsbury)
* Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers Philip Jones (Wakefield Press) -- Winner!
* Shakespeare's Wife Germaine Greer (Bloomsbury)
* Vietnam: The Australian War Paul Ham (HarperCollins)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Booktrust Teenage Prize

from Booktrust, accessed 11/04/10

The Booktrust Teenage Prize 2010 shortlist was:

The Enemy by Charlie Higson (Puffin)
Halo by Zizou Corder (Puffin)
Nobody’s Girl by Sarra Manning
Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes --winner!

2009 prize

The shortlist for the 2009 prize was announced on 21 September.

Auslander by Paul Dowswell (Bloomsbury)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)--winner!
Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray (Definitions)
The Ant Colony by Jenny Valentine (HarperCollins)
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant (Puffin)
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (Walker)

2008 prize

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Walker)

Other shortlisted titles
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner (Orion)
Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz (Walker)
Apache by Tanya Landman (Walker)
The Knife That Killed Me by Anthony McGowan (Definitions)
Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson (Bodley Head)

2007 prize

My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)

Other shortlisted titles
The Medici Seal by Theresa Breslin (Doubleday)
Leaving Poppy by Kate Cann (Scholastic)
The Penalty by Mal Peet (Walker Books)
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve (Scholastic)
Just in Case by Meg Rosoff (Penguin)

2006 prize

Henry Tumour by Anthony McGowan (Doubleday)

Other shortlisted titles

A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
Beast by Ally Kennan (Scholastic Books)
Exchange by Paul Magrs (Simon and Schuster)
The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)
Angel Blood by John Singleton (Puffin)

2005 prize

Century by Sarah Singleton (Simon and Schuster)

Other shortlisted titles
The Whisper by Bali Rai (Corgi)
Come Clean by Terri Paddock (HarperCollins)
Siberia by Ann Halam (Orion)
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (Penguin)
The Unrivalled Spangles by Karen Wallace (Simon and Schuster)
Sugar Rush by Julie Burchill (Young Picador)

2004 prize

Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy (Scholastic)

Other shortlisted titles
Fat Boy Swim by Catherine Forde (Egmont)
Rani and Sukh by Bali Rai (Corgi)
Boy Kills Man by Matt Whyman (Hodder)
The Opposite of Chocolate by Julie Bertagna (Macmillan)
The Dark Beneath by Alan Gibbons (Orion)
Unique by Alison Allen-Gray (Oxford University Press).
Deep Secret by Berlie Doherty (Puffin)

2003 prize

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (David Fickling Books)

Other shortlisted titles
Doing It by Melvin Burgess (Andersen Press)
Lucas by Kevin Brooks (The Chicken House)
The Dungeon by Lynne Reid Banks (HarperCollins)
The Edge by Alan Gibbons (Orion)
Caught in the Crossfire by Alan Gibbons (Orion)
Malarkey by Keith Gray (Red Fox)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1975-2010)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and Locus Online info accessed 8/27/10
This World Fantasy Award is given to the fantasy novel or novels voted best by a panel of judges, and presented each year at the World Fantasy Convention.

2010 novel finalists:
Blood of Ambrose by James Enge
The Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kiernan
The City & The City by China Miéville --winner!
Finch by Jeff VanderMeer
In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield

Award winners and finalists from previous years:
Winner: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

* A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson
* Merlin's Ring by H. Warner Munn

Winner: Bid Time Return (aka Somewhere in Time), Richard Matheson
* Salem's Lot, Stephen King

Winner: Doctor Rat, William Kotzwinkle
* The Doll Who Ate His Mother, Ramsey Campbell
* The Dragon and the George, Gordon R. Dickson
* The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, Michael Moorcock
* The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, John Steinbeck
* Dark Crusade, Karl Edward Wagner

Winner: Our Lady of Darkness, Fritz Leiber
* The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
* The Hour of the Oxrun Dead, Charles L. Grant

Winner: Gloriana, Michael Moorcock
* The Black Castle, Les Daniels
* The Sound of Midnight, Charles L. Grant
* The Stand, Stephen King
* Night's Master, Tanith Lee

* Winner: Watchtower, Elizabeth A. Lynn
* The Last Call of Mourning, Charles L. Grant
* The Dancers of Arun, Elizabeth A. Lynn
* Harpist in the Wind, Patricia A. McKillip
* The Dark Bright Water, Patricia Wrightson
* The Palace, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

* Winner: The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolfe
* Firelord, Parke Godwin
* The Mist, Stephen King
* Shadowland, Peter Straub
* Ariosto, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

* Winner: Little, Big, John Crowley
* The Nameless, Ramsey Campbell
* The War Hound and the World's Pain, Michael Moorcock
* The White Hotel, D. M. Thomas
* The Claw of the Conciliator, Gene Wolfe

* Winner: Nifft the Lean, Michael Shea
* The Nestling, Charles L. Grant
* Fevre Dream, George R. R. Martin
* Phantom, Thomas Tessier
* The Sword of the Lictor, Gene Wolfe

* Winner: The Dragon Waiting, John M. Ford
* Pet Sematary, Stephen King
* The Wandering Unicorn, Manuel Mujica Lainez
* Tea with the Black Dragon, R. A. MacAvoy
* The Armageddon Rag, George R. R. Martin
* Lyonesse, Jack Vance

* Winner: Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock
* Winner: Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart
* Archer's Goon, Diana Wynne Jones
* The Talisman, Stephen King & Peter Straub
* The Ceremonies, T. E. D. Klein

* Winner: Song of Kali, Dan Simmons
* The Damnation Game, Clive Barker
* Illywhacker, Peter Carey
* The Dream Years, Lisa Goldstein
* Winterking, Paul Hazel
* The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice

* Winner: Perfume, Patrick Suskind
* Talking Man, Terry Bisson
* The Pet, Charles L. Grant
* It, Stephen King
* Strangers, Dean R. Koontz
* The Tricksters, Margaret Mahy
* Soldier of the Mist, Gene Wolfe
* Portrait of Callum McKendrick As A Young African Boy, Edgar Fong

* Winner: Replay, Ken Grimwood
* Weaveworld, Clive Barker
* Seventh Son, Orson Scott Card
* AEgypt, John Crowley
* Misery, Stephen King
* Swan Song, Robert R. McCammon
* On Stranger Tides, Tim Powers

* Winner: Koko, Peter Straub
* The Last Coin, James P. Blaylock
* Sleeping in Flame, Jonathan Carroll
* Fade, Robert Cormier
* The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris
* The Drive-In, Joe R. Lansdale

* Winner: Lyonesse: Madouc, Jack Vance
* A Child Across the Sky, Jonathan Carroll
* In a Dark Dream, Charles L. Grant
* The Stress of Her Regard, Tim Powers
* Carrion Comfort, Dan Simmons
* Soldier of Arete, Gene Wolfe

* Winner: Only Begotten Daughter, James Morrow
* Winner: Thomas the Rhymer, Ellen Kushner
* Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
* Mary Reilly, Valerie Martin
* Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

* Winner: Boy's Life, Robert R. McCammon
* Hunting the Ghost Dancer, A.A. Attanasio
* The Paper Grail, James P. Blaylock
* Bone Dance, Emma Bull
* Outside the Dog Museum, Jonathan Carroll
* The Little Country, Charles de Lint

* Winner: Last Call, Tim Powers
* Anno Dracula, Kim Newman
* Was, Geoff Ryman
* Photographing Fairies, Steve Szilagyi
* Briar Rose, Jane Yolen

* Winner: Glimpses, Lewis Shiner
* The Innkeeper's Song, Peter S. Beagle
* Drawing Blood, Poppy Z. Brite
* Skin, Kathe Koja
* The Throat, Peter Straub
* The Iron Dragon's Daughter, Michael Swanwick
* Lord of the Two Lands, Judith Tarr
* Winner: Towing Jehovah, James Morrow
* Brittle Innings, Michael Bishop
* From The Teeth of Angels, Jonathan Carroll
* Love & Sleep, John Crowley
* Waking the Moon, Elizabeth Hand
* The Circus of the Earth and the Air, Brooke Stevens

* Winner: The Prestige, Christopher Priest
* All the Bells on Earth, James P. Blaylock
* Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Vikram Chandra
* The Silent Strength of Stones, Nina Kiriki Hoffman
* Requiem, Graham Joyce
* Expiration Date, Tim Powers

* Winner: Godmother Night, Rachel Pollack
* Shadow of Ashland, Terence M. Green
* The Bear Went Over the Mountain, William Kotzwinkle
* The 37th Mandala, Marc Laidlaw
* A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
* The Golden Key, Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson & Kate Elliott
* Devil's Tower, Mark Sumner

* Winner: The Physiognomy, Jeffrey Ford (Avon)
* Trader, Charles de Lint (Tor)
* American Goliath, Harvey Jacobs (St. Martin's)
* The Gift, Patrick O'Leary (Tor)
* Dry Water, Eric S. Nylund (Avon)

* Winner: The Antelope Wife, Louise Erdrich (HarperFlamingo)
* Someplace to Be Flying, Charles de Lint (Tor)
* Sailing to Sarantium, Guy Gavriel Kay (Earthlight; Viking; HarperPrism)
* Mockingbird, Sean Stewart (Ace)
* The Martyring, Thomas Sullivan (Forge)

* Winner: Thraxas, Martin Scott (Orbit)
* Tamsin, Peter S. Beagle (Roc)
* The Rainy Season, James P. Blaylock (Ace)
* Gardens of the Moon, Steven Erikson (Bantam Press)
* A Witness To Life, Terence M. Green (Forge)
* A Red Heart of Memories, Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Ace)

* Winner: Declare, Tim Powers (Subterranean Press; Morrow)
* Winner: Galveston, Sean Stewart (Ace Books)
* The Grand Ellipse, Paula Volsky (Bantam Spectra)
* The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman (Knopf; Scholastic UK)
* Lord of Emperors, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada; HarperPrism; Earthlight)
* Perdido Street Station, China Miéville (Macmillan; Del Rey)

* Winner: The Other Wind, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt)
* American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)
* Brown Harvest, Jay Russell (Four Walls Eight Windows)
* The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos)
* From the Dust Returned, Ray Bradbury (Morrow)
* The Onion Girl, Charles de Lint (Tor)
* The Wooden Sea, Jonathan Carroll (Tor)

* Winner: The Facts of Life, Graham Joyce (Gollancz)
* Winner: Ombria in Shadow, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
* The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
* Fitcher's Brides, Gregory Frost (Tor)
* The Scar, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey)

* Winner: Tooth and Claw, Jo Walton (Tor)
* The Etched City, K.J. Bishop (Prime Books)
* Fudoki, Kij Johnson (Tor)
* The Light Ages, Ian R. MacLeod (Ace)
* Veniss Underground, Jeff VanderMeer (Prime Books)

* Winner: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
* The Runes of the Earth, Stephen R. Donaldson (Putnam; Gollancz)
* Iron Council, China Miéville (Del Rey)
* Perfect Circle, Sean Stewart (Small Beer Press)
* The Wizard Knight, Gene Wolfe (Tor, two volumes)

* Winner: Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami (Harvill; Knopf)
* Vellum, Hal Duncan (Macmillan; Del Rey)
* Lunar Park, Bret Easton Ellis (Knopf; Macmillan)
* The Limits of Enchantment, Graham Joyce (Gollancz; Atria)
* Od Magic, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
* A Princess of Roumania, Paul Park (Tor)

* Winner: Soldier of Sidon , Gene Wolfe (Tor)
* Lisey's Story, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton)
* The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (Bantam Spectra; Small Beer Press)
* The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch (Gollancz; Bantam Spectra)
* The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden, Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)

* Winner: Ysabel , Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada)
* Territory, Emma Bull (Tor)
* Fangland, John Marks (Penguin Press)
* Gospel of the Knife, Will Shetterly (Tor)
* The Servants, Michael Marshall Smith (Earthling Publications)

The 2009 shortlist for novel includes:
The House of the Stag by Kage Baker
The Shadow Year by Jeffrey Ford -- Winner!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan