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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Canadian Authors Association Awards (2010)

Recipients of this year's [2010] Canadian Authors Association Awards were honored last weekend at a banquet in Victoria, B.C., Quillblog reported. The winners are:

Fiction: Galore by Michael Crummey
Canadian History: A History of Canadian Culture by Jonathan F. Vance
Drama: Talk by Michael Nathanson
Poetry: Where Genesis Begins by Tom Dawe
Emerging Writer: The Ship of Lost Souls by Rachelle Delaney

Books for KC

"Guess Again" by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex - The rhyming text in Mac Barnett's debut picture book asks readers to fill in the obvious blank to guess what the obvious picture is, but when the page is turned, what's revealed is anything but obvious! You can't help but laugh at the wonderfully absurd and hilarious result of this book that makes plays on words, pictures, and your expectations! --rec by Jon Scieszka

"Little Oink" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace -- From the creators of "Little Pea" and "Little Hoot" comes this tidy tale of a decidedly different pig. Little Oink is a neat little fellow. Clean, clean, clean, that's all he wants to do. But Mama and Papa won't have it! They say in order to be a proper pig, he has to learn to make a proper mess. Readers who hate clean up will love this humorous twist on a universal dilemma. --rec by Jon Scieszka

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills, also Duck and Goose

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

W.Y. Boyd Military Fiction (2009-10)

Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg by John Hough Jr. has won the 2010 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction.

The $5,000 award honors "the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war" and aims to recognize "the service of American veterans and encourage the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction."

2009 Recipient
Peace by Richard Bausch
It’s an excellent work that chronicles the lives of an Army patrol in Italy during the bleak winter of 1944 and details their adventures and the futility and moral complexity of combat.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Locus Award winners (2009-10)

2010 Locus Awards

Finalists from Locus Online accessed 4/22/10
The top five finalists in each category of the 2010 Locus Awards have been announced. Winners will be presented during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 25-27, 2010. Tickets are still available.

Science Fiction Novel

* The Empress of Mars, Kage Baker (Subterranean; Tor)
* Steal Across the Sky, Nancy Kress (Tor)
* Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor) -- Winner!
* Galileo's Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperVoyager; Ballantine Spectra)
* Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

Fantasy Novel

* The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK) -- Winner!
* Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
* Drood, Dan Simmons (Little, Brown)
* Palimpsest, Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)
* Finch, Jeff VanderMeer (Underland)

First Novel

* The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade) -- Winner!
* The Manual of Detection, Jedediah Berry (Penguin)
* Soulless, Gail Carriger (Orbit US)
* Lamentation, Ken Scholes (Tor)
* Norse Code, Greg van Eekhout (Ballantine Spectra)

Young-Adult Novel

* The Hotel Under the Sand, Kage Baker (Tachyon)
* Going Bovine, Libba Bray (Delacorte)
* Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic; Scholastic UK)
* Liar, Justine Larbalestier (Bloomsbury; Allen & Unwin Australia)
* Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK) -- Winner!


* The Women of Nell Gwynne's, Kage Baker (Subterranean) -- Winner!
* "Act One", Nancy Kress (Asimov's 3/09)
* "Vishnu at the Cat Circus", Ian McDonald (Cyberabad Days)
* Shambling Towards Hiroshima, James Morrow (Tachyon)
* "Palimpsest", Charles Stross (Wireless)


* "By Moonlight", Peter S. Beagle (We Never Talk About My Brother) -- Winner!
* "It Takes Two", Nicola Griffith (Eclipse Three)
* "First Flight", Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor.com 8/25/09)
* "Eros, Philia, Agape", Rachel Swirsky (Tor.com 3/3/09)
* "The Island", Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2)

Short Story

* "The Pelican Bar", Karen Joy Fowler (Eclipse Three)
* "An Invocation of Incuriosity", Neil Gaiman (Songs of the Dying Earth) -- Winner!
* "Spar", Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld 10/09)
* "Going Deep", James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's 6/09)
* "Useless Things", Maureen F. McHugh (Eclipse Three)


* Analog
* Asimov's
* Clarkesworld
* F&SF -- Winner!
* Tor.com


* Baen
* Night Shade
* Pyr
* Subterranean
* Tor -- Winner!


* Lovecraft Unbound, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Dark Horse)
* The New Space Opera 2, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds.  -- Winner!
* The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin's)
* Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds.
* Eclipse Three, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)


* We Never Talk About My Brother, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
* Cyberabad Days, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
* Wireless, Charles Stross (Ace, Orbit UK)
* The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe (Tor); as The Very Best of Gene Wolfe (PS) -- Winner!
* The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny: Volumes 1-6, Roger Zelazny (NESFA)


* Ellen Datlow -- Winner!
* Gardner Dozois
* David G. Hartwell
* Jonathan Strahan
* Gordon Van Gelder


* Stephan Martinière
* John Picacio
* Shaun Tan
* Charles Vess
* Michael Whelan -- Winner!

Non-fiction/Art Book

* Powers: Secret Histories, John Berlyne (PS)
* Spectrum 16: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood)
* Cheek by Jowl, Ursula K. Le Guin (Aqueduct) -- Winner!
* This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is "I"), Jack Vance (Subterranean)
* Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess, Charles Vess (Dark Horse)

The 2009 Locus Award winners for best science fiction books and related books were named at a ceremony during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle. Boing Boing observed that the list is a "good place to start your reading if you want to read some of the best stuff out there."

Locus Award winners:

Science fiction novel: Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Fantasy novel: Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
First novel: Singularity's Ring by Paul Melko
Young adult book: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Novella: Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Novelette: Pump Six by Paolo Bacigalupi
Short Story: "Exhalation" by Ted Chiang
Anthology: The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
Collection: Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi
Non-Fiction/Art Book: P. Craig Russell--Coraline: The Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell
Editor: Ellen Datlow
Artist: Michael Whelan
Magazine: F&SF
Publisher: Tor

Trillium Book Awards (2009-10)

2010 Award
Ian Brown won the Ontario government's $20,000 (US$19,307) Trillium Book Award for his memoir, The Boy in the Moon. The National Post reported this is "the third major prize the book has scooped up since it was published by Random House Canada last year. Already this year it has won the $40,000 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the $25,000 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction." In the French-language category, Ryad Assani-Razaki was honored for his short story collection Deux Cercles

Karen Solie won the $10,000 Trillium poetry prize for her third collection, Pigeon, and Michèle Matteau took the French-language poetry award for Passerelles.

2009 Award
Debut authors Jeramy Dodds and Pasha Malla won the Ontario government's two $20,000 (US$17,660) Trillium Book Awards for literary excellence in English. The National Post reported that Dodds received the poetry prize for Crabwise to the Hounds, "a debut collection that also made the short list for this year's Griffin Poetry Prize."

Malla was honored for his short story collection, The Withdrawal Method, which the jury praised as "an assured and mature first collection from one of our best young writers, one who pairs striking emotional depth with remarkable technical skill."

Trillium Book Awards for literary excellence in English Finalists (2009)

The other finalists for the $20,000 prize were Revolver by poet Kevin Connolly; Coventry: A Novel by Helen Humphreys; ANGEL RIOTS by Ibi Kaslik; In The Land Of Long Fingernails, a memoir by Charles Wilkins; and The Origin of Species, by former Trillium winner Nino Ricci.

In the French-language category, Marguerite Andersen won $20,000 for Le figuier sur le toit, and Paul Prud'Homme's Les Rebuts: Hockey 2 took the $10,000 Trillium Book Award for children's literature.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

2008 Non-Fiction List

2008 Non-fiction

Beam, Alex. A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books (IngRec112608)
Bilal, Wafaa. Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance under the Gun (IngRev120108)
Blount, Roy Jr. Alphabet Juice: energies, gists & spirits of letters, words...(Dirda120608)
Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasure (IngRec112408) 55lists
Brook, Timothy. Vermeer's Hat: Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World (Dirda review) book only GPL&PPL
Burrows, Edwin G. Forgotten Patriots: untold story of American prisoners during the Revolutionary War
Carlsen, Spike. Splintered history of wood. (Booksellers Choice)
Childs, Craig. Animal Dialogues (Hudson'08)
Cohen, Kerry. Loose girl. (IngRec080408)
Cooper, Helene. The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood (Orig Voices)
de Blij. Harm. Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalization's Rough Landscape (IngRec0813)
Dobbs, Michael. One minute to midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the brink of nuclear war (wp10)
Faust, Drew Gilpin. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (National Book Award Finalists) NPR102408
Filkins, Dexter. Forever wars (Afghanistan,Iraq) BG101908
Fischer, David Hackett. Champlain's Dream
Friedman, Thomas. Hot, Flat & Crowded by Thomas (Hudson'08)
Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers(Hudson'08)
Gordon-Reed, Annette. Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (National Book Award Finalists)wp10
Greenberg, Michael. Hurry down sunshine (mental illness) IngRec092908
Hager, Thomas. The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler (Orig Voices)
Harman, Patricia. Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir (IngRec101408)
Hessler, John. The Naming of America: Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 World Map and the Cosmographiae Introductio
Horwitz, Tony. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World (IngRec0520) (book@gpl,cd@ppl)GeogTrav092808
Jacobs, A.J. Year of living Biblically (IngRec081508) GPL&PPL book only
Jones, Brian Jay. Washington Irving : an American original. Reviewed by Dirda (PPL book only, not at GPL)
Kantner, Seth. Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska(PNBAlist)
Kaplan, Fred. Lincoln: the biography of a writer (wp10)
Kendall, Joshua. Man who made lists. WashPost030908 GPL book/ PPL not yet
Kluger, Jeffrey. Simplexity(Hudson'08)
Krupp, Fred. Earth: The Sequel(Hudson'08)
Lee, Jennifer. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food (Orig Voices)
Levy, Buddy. Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs (PNBAlist)
McCommons, James. Waiting on a Train, about the future of the rail in the United States (How We Drive Blog)
MacDonald, Sam. Urban Hermit: a memoir (Ing112408)
Majd, Hooman. Ayatollah begs to differ (Hudson'08)
Mayer, Jane. Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals (National Book Award Finalists)
Mee, Benjamin. We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever (Orig Voices)
Murphy, Caroline P. Murder of a Medici Princess (IngRec112408)
Nelson, Mac. Twenty West (About US20)
Nicholson, Geoff. The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Literature of Pedestrianism (IngRec112608)
Pan, Philip P. Out of Mao's Shadow (Hudson'08)
Perl, Jed. Antoine's Alphabet: Watteau and His World
Pham, Andrew X. Eaves of Heaven: life in 3 wars (wp10)
Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food (Hudson'08)
Reynolds, David. Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson (IngRec101508)
Rinella, Steven. American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon(PNBAlist)
Ripley, Amanda. Unthinkable (Hudson'08)
Roper, Robert. Now the drum of war: Walt Whitman and his brothers in the Civil War (wp120608)
Sheeler, Jim. Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives (National Book Award Finalists)
Sedaris, David. When you are engulfed in flames. book&cd@gpl Hudson book of '08
Sheff, David. Beautiful boy (Hudson'08)
Shore, Stephen. Road trip journal (npr090108)
Shorto, Russell. Descartes Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason (Ing112408)cd@gpl book@ppl
Skloot, Floyd. Selected Poems: 1970-2005(PNBAlist)
Skloot, Floyd. The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life
Stein, Mark. How the States Got Their Shapes (Cartophilia102508)
Schroeder, Alice. Snowball(Hudson'08)
Summerscale, Kate. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective (Orig Voices)
Sheff, David. Beautiful boy (Hudson'08)
Suskind, Ron. The Way of the World (Hudson'08)
Theroux, Paul. Ghost train to the Eastern Star (npr081808)
Toedtemeier, Terry. Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957(PNBAlist)
Travisano, Thomas, ed. Words in Air: complete correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (wp10)
Trinklein, Michael J. Lost States: Real Quests for American Statehood (not@pplorgpl1108) Cartophilia 111008
Vanderbilt, Tom. Traffic: how we drive the way we do (Book@gpl)
Vowell, Sarah. Wordy Shipmates (book@gpl,cd@ppl)boston.com111008
Waiter. Waiter Rant (IngRec0812)GPL book only
Weiner, Eric. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World (Orig Voices)
White, Dan. Cactus Eaters (hiking Pacific Crest trail)
Wickersham, Joan. Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order (National Book Award Finalists)
Zakaria, Fareed. The Post-American World (Hudson'08)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Walter Scott Prize (2009)

The shortlist for the inaugural £25,000 (US$38,179) Walter Scott prize for historical fiction includes:
Hodd by Adam Thorpe,
Lustrum by Robert Harris,
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant,
Stone's Fall by Iain Pears,
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer,
The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds 
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, -- Winner!

as reported by the Guardian. The winner will be named June 19.

"They are giving history back its stories," said Alistair Moffat, chair of the judges. "The best way to understand the past is often to read a novelist rather than an historian. We need to know where we came from, what kind of people our ancestors were.... What people in the past believed--such as the absolute certainty about heaven and hell in the Middle Ages--is every bit as important in telling us what they were like as what they left behind in the historical record."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (2008-2010)

Amazon is proud to announce Amy Ackley and Patricia McArdle as the winners of the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Young Adult Fiction Award: Amy Ackley.  Sign Language
General Fiction Award:  Patricia McArdle. Farishta

2009 Finalists:

The 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalists are:
Ian Gibson, Victoria BC, for Stuff of Legends
James King, Wilton CT, for Bill Warrington's Last Chance
Brandi Lynn Ryder, Napa CA, for In Malice, Quite Close

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) is a contest sponsored by Amazon.com, Penguin Group, Hewlett Packard, CreateSpace and BookSurge to publish and promote a manuscript by an unknown or unpublished author.

2008 competition
Amazon introduced the Breakthrough Novel Award in 2007. The first competition began in late 2007 and ended in early 2008. A maximum of 5,000 manuscripts were accepted during the contest period, which ran between October 1, 2007 and November 5, 2007. In mid-January 2008, up to 836 authors were selected as semi-finalists and received a capsule review of their manuscript from Publishers Weekly. On February 19, 2008, 100 semi-finalists had their manuscripts read by Penguin editors.

On March 3, 2008, the top ten finalists were announced. All received a prize package from HP and a self-publishing package from BookSurge.
1. The Hellraiser of Hollywood Hills (?) by Jennifer Colt The Butcher of Beverly Hills
2. Casting Off by Nicole R. Dickson
3. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan
4. The Wet Nurse's Tale by Erica Eisdorfer
5. The Butterflies of Grand Canyon by Margaret Erhart Crossing Bully Creek
6. Ring of Lies by Karen Laugel (nothing found by her)
7. Fresh Kills by Bill Loehfelm -- winner!
8. Motherless Children by Randall Luce (nothing found)
9. The Prospect of My Arrival by Dwight Okita (nothing found)
10. Wrecking Civilization Before Lunch by John Ring (nothing found)

Amazon customers voted to pick the grand-prize winner. The top three received a trip to New York City. On April 7, 2008, Fresh Kills by Bill Loehfelm was announced as the first winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Loehfelm won a larger prize package from HP and a $25,000 advance on a publishing contract with Penguin.

2008 Fiction List

2008 Fiction

Alameddine, Rabih. Hakawati (Hudson'08)
Adiga, Aravind. White tiger (IngRec042908, OrigVoices, Booker Longlist) GPL&PPL book only
Allende, Isabel. Mistress of the Castle
Anam, Tahmima. Golden age. (BostonGlobe031608)
Arnold, Gaynor. Girl in a blue dress (Man Booker Longlist) not @ GPL or PPL
Aslam, Nadeem. Wasted Vigil (NPR 092208)(book@ppl)NYT101208 (Pakistani)
Banks, Iain. Crow Road. (IngRec092208)
Barbery, Muriel. Elegance of the hedgehog (wp10)
Barnes, Jonathan. Somnambulist (Orig Voices)
Barry, Brunonia. Lace Reader (Orig Voices)
Barry, Sebastian. Secret scripture. (Man Booker Longlist) GPL book only
Barnes, Julian. Nothing to be frightened of. (NPR 092208) not@gpl,ppl
Baugh, Carolyn. View from the garden (IngRec092208)
Berger, John. From A to X (Man Booker Longlist) not @ GPL or PPL
Boas, Amy. Richer dust (NM 1920-1960)
Bolaño, Roberto. 2666 (A+Complete Review) book@ppl (Hudson'08)wp10
Boling, Dave. Guernica(PNBAlist)
Choi, Susan. Person of interest. (BostonGlobe031608) GPL&PPL book only
Clarke, Breena. Stand the Storm (Civil War NPR101308)
Coe, Jonathan. Rain before it falls (BostonGlobe030908)
Davies, Adam. Mine all mine (npr082808)
Davidson, Andrew. Gargoyle (book&cd@gpl)
Davis, Margaret Leslie. Mona Lisa in Camelot (IngRec111708)
de Kretser, Michelle. The Lost Dog (Man Booker Longlist) PPL book only
Doig, Ivan. Eleventh Man(PNBAlist)
Drayson, Nicholas. Guide to the Birds of East Africa (IngRec110708)book@ppl
Edwards, Selden. Little Book (IngRec 082008)
Evison, Jonathan. All about Lulu (Hudson'08)
Enger, Leif. So brave, young, and handsome. (Booksellers choice)
Enger, L.L. Undiscovered country (IngRec0818) Book at GPL
Evans, Stephen. Marriage of true minds. new in paper 0508 (IngRec060908)
Evison, Jonathan. All about Lulu (Hudson'08)
French, Tana. Likeness (npr082508) book@gpl
Galan, Juan Eslava. Mule (IngRec0521)
Galloway, Steven. Cellist of Sarajevo (Booksellers choice)(Original Voices)Fuller, Alexandra. Legend of Colton H. Bryant (IngRec060208)
Ghosh, Amitav. Sea of Poppies #1 in trilogy (Man Booker Longlist,WP101908) India book@PPL
Grandbois, Daniel. Unlucky Lucky Days (IngRec080408)
Greer, Andrew. Story of a marriage. (IngRec060908)
Grant, Linda. The Clothes on Their Backs (Man Booker Longlist) not @ GPL or PPL
Hall, Brian. Fall of Frost. (about the poet)
Hanif, Mohammed. A Case of Exploding Mangoes (Man Booker Longlist)
Harrison, Jim. English Major (NYT101908)PNBAlist
Hannan, Chris. Missy (IngRec0728)
Hein, Christopher. Settlement (Germany) IngRec100108
Hensher, Philip. The Northern Clemency (Man Booker Longlist) not@GPL,PPLbookonly
Hemon, Aleksander The Lazarus Project (Hudson'08)(National Book Award Finalists)
Hickman, Katie. The Aviary Gate (IngRec080408)
Izzo, Jean-Claude. Sun for the dying (IngRec090808)
Jones, Sadie. Outcast (IngRec042108) book at GPL, cd at PPL(BstnGlbe033008)
Joern, Pamela Carter. Plain sense of things (IngMidwestConn112608)
Jones, Sherry. Jewel of Medina(PNBAlist)
Jordan, Hillary. Mudbound (IngRec031708, Booksellers Choice & Bellweather socially responsible prize)
Kerig, William. Edge of never (IngRec111708)
Kimmel, Haven. Iodine (IngRec090208) book&cd@gpl
Kiernan, Kristy. Matters of faith (IngRec092908)
Kirino, Natsuo. Real world (IngRec080408)
Klass, Perri. Mercy Rule (IngRec081108) GPL&PPL book only
Kluge, P.F. Gone tomorrow. (Booksellers choice)
Klosterman, Chuck. Downtown Owl. (Booksellers Choice)
Kushner, Rachel. Telex from Cuba (National Book Award Finalists)
Kogan, Deborah Copaken. Between Here and April (IngRec111708)
Larsson, Stieg. Girl with the dragon tattoo (IngRec091608) book@gpl
Lamb, Wally. The Hour I First Believed (Hudson'08)
Lehane, Dennis. Given Day (Hudson'08)
Livesey, Margot. House on Fortune Street. (BGlobe 050408)GPL&PPL book only
Liss, David. Whiskey Rebels (wp120608)
McCall Smith, Alexander. Miracle at speedy motors (Ladies#1 Detective Agency)
McGrath, Patrick. Trauma (Dirda Rec 050408)Book at PPL
Marai, Sandor. Esther's Inheritance (booksellers choice)
Matthiessen, Peter. Shadow Country (National Book Award Finalists)
Marciano, Francesca. End of Manners (NYT101208) Afghanistan
Milner, Donna. After River (IngRec042808)
Meek, James. We are now Beginning our Descent (NYT101208) Afghanistan
Morton, Kate. House at Riverton (IngRec0512)
Marshall, Joseph. Long knives are crying (#2Lakota series) Ing112408
Morrison, Toni. Mercy (Hudson'08)wp10
O'Neill, Joseph. Netherland (Man Booker Longlist) GPL&PPL book only
Parzybok, Benjamin. Couch (IngRec110708)
Peebles, Frances de Pontes. The Seamstress (Brazil 1930s NPR101308)
Petterson, Per. Out stealing horses. winner of '06 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
Piazza, Tom. City of Refuge (N.O.) IngRec092908
Rash, Ron. Serena. (Booksellers Choice)
Price, Richard. Lush Life (Hudson'08)
Proulx, Annie. Fine just the way it is.
Robinson, Marilynne. Home (National Book Award Finalists)
Rushdie, Salman. The Enchantress of Florence (Man Booker Longlist) book & cd at GPL
Scibona, Salvatore. End (National Book Award Finalists)
Robinson, Roxana. Cost (wp10)
Sewell, Kitty. Ice Trap: A Novel of Suspense (IngRec031008)
Shaara, Jeff. Steel Wave (#2in trilogy about WW2) (cd at PPL)
Rose, M.J. The Memorist (IndieFav120108)
Smith, Tom Rob. Child 44 (Man Booker Longlist)
Self, Will. Butt: an exit strategy (book@ppl)
Simon, Scott. Windy City. (NPR author)
Stein, Garth. Art of running in the rain (IngRec110708)book&cd@gpl(Hudson'08)PNBAlist
Tinti, Hannah. Good thief. (Orig Voices)
Thirlwell, Adam. Delighted states (IngRec0509)
Stephenson, Neal. Anathem (Dirda090708&Jody rec. author)
Viswanathan, Padma. The Toss of a Lemon (India) WP101908
Weeks, Brent. Way of Shadows (#1NightAngel trilogy)IndieFav112408
White, Thomas. Book of Matthew (IngRec090508)
Wroblewski, David. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (Oprah0908)(Hudson'08)
Russell, Mary Doria. Dreamers of the Day. 1919 Europe/Africa
Martin, Andrew. Lost Luggage Porter (Jim Stringer#3) RR series compares to O'Brians naval series
Schlink, Bernhard. Homecoming (Dirda rec.)
Toltz, Steve. A Fraction of the Whole (Man Booker Longlist) book & cd at GPL
Adamson, Gil. Outlander (IngRec060208)wp10

Thursday, June 10, 2010

European Book Club

2010 Sessions

March Alliance Francaise:
Céline Curiol, Voice Over (Faber & Faber, 2008)

April Polish Cultural Insitute:
Olga Tokarczuk, Primeval and Other Times (Twisted Spoon, 2010)

May Slovenian Consulate:
Boris Pahor, A Difficult Spring

June Austrian Cultural Forum:
Thomas Glavinic, Night Work (Canongate, 2008)

The European Book Club comes to Brooklyn!
In 2008, several European cultural institutions in New York City created the European Book Club in order to provide people an opportunity to collectively read contemporary European literature in translation and meet to exchange ideas about books, stories, and authors. The program proved to be so successful that the sessions quickly filled up, leaving many people unable to participate.
For the 2009 season, Brooklyn Public Library is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with the European Book Club organizers and hosting mirror sessions for each participating institution’s book selection. For more information visit the European Book Club website.
The 2009 Schedule:
All sessions will be held in the Trustees Room at the Central Library on Grand Army Plaza and run from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. The link for each session will direct you to the corresponding sponsor’s session.
Tuesday, March 24City Sister Silver by Jachym Topol (Czech Center) -- very difficult reading, lots of flashbacks and dreams interspersed, but still good view of 1980's Prague and Czech

Tuesday, April 21The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (French Institute Alliance Française)
Tuesday, May 19thMargherita Dolce Vita by Stefano Benni (Istituto Italiano di Cultura) -- enjoyed this humorous story told from a teen girl's perspective, magical realism about the weird (evil?) family next door.

Tuesday, June 16thGreed by Elfriede Jelinek (Austrian Cultural Forum)
September 15thThe Mighty Angel by Jerzy Pilch (Polish)
October 2009 The Have-Nots by Katharina Hacker -- Germany
November 2009 - To Siberia by Per Petterson
December 2009 - The Lone Man by Bernardo Atxaga -- Spain

2008 Selections:
Daniel Kehlmann. Measuring the world -- German
Thomas Bernhard. The loser -- Austrian
Sis, Peter. The wall -- Czech Republic -- children's picture book biography
Stephane Audeguy. The Theory of Clouds -- French
Amara Lakhous. Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio -- Italian

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Danuta Gleed Literary Award (2010)

Finalists for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, which honors the best first collection of short fiction, have been named by the Writers' Union of Canada. CBC News reported that the shortlist includes:

Vanishing and Other Stories by Deborah Willis
Wax Boats by Sarah Roberts  --Winner!
Overqualified by Joey Comeau

The winner will be announced June 5 at the organization's annual general meeting in Ottawa.

Monday, June 7, 2010

NEIBA middle-grade and young-adult fiction books (2010)

From NEIBA New England Children's Booksellers Advisory Council (NECBA) accessed 6/7/10

As Simple as It Seems by Sarah Weeks
A Conspiracy of Kings (#4 The Queen's Thief series) by Megan Whalen Turner [#1 The Thief]
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Crunch by Leslie Connor
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life by by Art Corriveau
Middleworld by J&P Voelkel
The Tweenage Guide to NOT Being UNPopular (Amelia Rules 5) by Jimmy Gownley[#1Whole World's Crazy]

Sunday, June 6, 2010

LA Times: 60 new books to read this summer (2009)

from: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2009/06/50-books-to-read-this-summer.html

The Scarecrow: A Novel
By Michael Connelly
L.A. Times reporter Jack McEvoy’s been laid off and is trying to finish one more deadline -- and catch a killer -- before his exit.

Shanghai Girls: A Novel
By Lisa See
Sisters leave Shanghai behind to forge new lives for themselves in 1930s Los Angeles.

The Signal: A Novel
By Ron Carlson
An estranged couple’s wilderness trek results in harrowing encounters with strangers, secret missions -- and some unexpected hope.

Coming in June

And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture
By Bill Wasik
A snapshot of our information age’s frenzied metamorphosis.

The Angel’s Game: A Novel
By Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The author of “The Shadow of the Wind” describes a diabolical deal between a young writer and his mysterious shadowy client.

A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.’s Scandalous Coming of Age
By Richard Rayner
The City of Angels’ un-angelic, corrupt past, as experienced by a public prosecutor and a crime-scene investigator.

Conquest of the Useless: Reflections From the Making of “Fitzcarraldo” By Werner Herzog
The filmmaker’s diaries of the struggles behind the making of his 1982 epic of a would-be rubber baron.

Erased: A Novel By Jim Krusoe
What should you do when you receive a postcard from your dead mother?

Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City By Greg Grandin
Henry Ford’s purchase of a vast plantation in the Amazon led to an experiment (unsuccessful) in exporting America to other lands.

Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, a Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese
By Brad Kessler
How the author fled life in New York City for a farmhouse on a mountain.

I Am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel By Percival Everett
Orphaned, wealthy and with an unfortunate name, a black boy known as Not Sidney Poitier throws social hierarchies into chaos.

In the Kitchen: A Novel By Monica Ali
A body in his basement leads a famous chef into an unsettling world of femmes fatales and secret crimes.

Larry’s Kidney: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China With My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant -- and Save His Life
By Daniel Asa Rose
The subtitle says it all.

Let the Great World Spin: A Novel By Colum McCann
A portrait of New York City in the transitional 1970s as a varied cast of characters copes with loss, political upheaval and change.

One Ring Circus: Dispatches From the World of Boxing By Katherine Dunn
An anthology of the pugilist’s art and its many players: the stars, the amateurs, the trainers, even the cut men.

Operation Bite Back: Rod Coronado’s War to Save American Wilderness
By Dean Kuipers
An L.A. Times editor’s look at how an eco-radical’s use of a scorched-earth policy against fur farmers led to the rise of the Animal Liberation Front.

The Story Sisters: A Novel
By Alice Hoffman
The struggles of three sisters from Long Island after one of them retreats from life’s sorrows to live in a fairy-tale world all her own.

The Strain: A Novel
By Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Vampires have been biding their time on Earth, hiding and quietly feeding: Now, they want to take over.

Strangers: A Novel By Anita Brookner
A London retiree is surprised to find his bachelorhood unsettled by the attention of three women.

This Wicked World: A Novel By Richard Lange
An ex-Marine who’s done prison time (he had good reasons) looks into an immigrant’s death and finds sinister depths beneath L.A. a la Raymond Chandler and company.

Trouble: A Novel By Kate Christensen
A coming-of-middle-age novel of three friends -- a trust-funder, a therapist and a rock star -- and their struggles with relationships, rendered with the author’s acerbic wit.

Coming in July
American Adulterer: A Novel By Jed Mercurio
Simon & Schuster
A fictional portrait of John F. Kennedy as husband, father, leader of the free world -- and all too human.

Best Friends Forever: A Novel By Jennifer Weiner
Two old high school best friends overcome a gap of 15 years and their differing social status to help each other in a crisis.

The Book of William: How Shakespeare’s First Folio Conquered the World By Paul Collins
On the trail of the 1623 document -- which contains 36 of Shakespeare’s plays -- from its creation until the present day.

Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It: Stories By Maile Meloy
Explorations of the battles that characters -- ranchers, farmers and other denizens of the American West -- wage on behalf of love.

Camus, A Romance
By Elizabeth Hawes
A biography of the French philosopher that doubles as a memoir of the author’s own effort to understand him.

Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame
By Zev Chafets
Behind the veil: A history of one of sports’ holiest places.

Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom From the Urban Wilderness
By Lyanda Lynn Haupt
An overabundance of the black-plumed bird is an ominous ecological sign as well as a window into the animal kingdom.

Everything Matters! A Novel
By Ron Currie, Jr.
In rural Maine, a young man struggles with his dysfunctional family, not to mention his prophetic powers, as the world braces for apocalypse.

Exiles in the Garden: A Novel
By Ward Just
The son of a powerful U.S. senator faces the consequences of turning his back on Washington and society and living on its margins.

Free: The Past and Future of a Radical Price
By Chris Anderson
The author argues that businesses gain more benefits by giving away products than by charging for them.

Get Real: A Novel
By Donald E. Westlake
The late author’s final installment of the hilarious adventures of John Dortmunder and his felonious associates.

Glover’s Mistake: A Novel
By Nick Laird
A love triangle among artists plays out amid the London art scene.

Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963
By Kevin Starr
The author’s "Americans and the California Dream" series continues with a look at the state in the postwar years.

I’m So Happy for You: A Novel
By Lucinda Rosenfeld
When life blooms suddenly for unlucky Daphne, her best friend Wendy is torn between enthusiasm and crippling jealousy.

Jericho’s Fall: A Novel
By Stephen L. Carter
A dying former CIA head possesses a secret that foreign powers want and an old flame may be able to uncover before he dies.

A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition
By Ernest Hemingway
The original manuscript version includes a number of unfinished Paris sketches removed before the book’s publication.

Short Girls: A Novel
By Bich Minh Nguyen
Two siblings find the realities of love as mysterious as their Vietnamese heritage and discover that the best support comes from each other.

"What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?" Jimmy Carter, America’s "Malaise," and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country
By Kevin Mattson
Inside the Carter White House.

Where the Money Went: Stories
By Kevin Canty
The author takes on varied themes -- love, egotism, disillusionment -- and renders them with a clear, sympathetic eye.

The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana
By Rick Bass
The author celebrates the distinctive qualities of each month of the year in his beloved Yaak Valley.

Coming in August
Await Your Reply: A Novel
By Dan Chaon
A long-lost twin carefully eludes his brother, while a high school graduate has second thoughts about running away to start a new life with her old teacher.

Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of Our Universe
By Brian Clegg
Why we may want to reconsider conventional thinking on the beginnings of the universe.

The Bride’s Farewell: A Novel
By Meg Rosoff
A poor young woman in 1850s England flees her home and future responsibilities on her wedding day, but soon realizes she can’t escape her past.

An Expensive Education: A Novel
By Nick McDonnell
Ivory tower debate on the future of Africa meets real-world troubles in the villages of Somalia.

Heart of the Assassin: A Novel
By Robert Ferrigno
A relic of the Christ’s cross could help to unite an America divided into Muslim and Christian sectors in this post-apocalyptic story.

By William T. Vollmann
Massively uncategorizable and deeply idiosyncratic, Vollmann’s 1,300-plus-page look at the U.S.-Mexico border region is as elusive as the area it evokes.

Inherent Vice: A Novel
By Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Pynchon goes noir ... or sort of, in this novel that takes place in late 1960s L.A.

It Feels So Good When I Stop: A Novel
By Joe Pernice
The singer-songwriter pens an adult-beverage tale.

The Magicians: A Novel
By Lev Grossman
A fantasy-loving student discovers that a magical land he read about as a child really exists -- though in reality it is a darker, more dangerous place than he expected.

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disasters
By Rebecca Solnit
Is disaster good for society? Solnit thinks so, and in this provocative book, she explains why.

Red to Black: A Novel
By Alex Dryden
Two agents -- one British, one Russian -- fall in love while spying on each other and join forces upon learning that new Russia’s imperial ambitions look a lot like the communists’.

Self’s Murder: A Gerhard Self Mystery
By Bernhard Schlink
The author of “The Reader” returns with a dour, elderly sleuth who is assigned to track down the silent partner in a successful German bank.

Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading
By Lizzie Skurnick
A reader’s memoir of the long relationships we form with certain books.

The Silent Hour: A Novel
By Michael Koryta
A posh (and creepy) mansion once used as a rehab for paroled murderers contains secrets only P.I. Lincoln Perry can solve.

Silver Lake: A Novel
By Peter Gadol
Two architects’ happy life together is shattered by a peculiar yet attractive stranger.

Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up
By K.C. Cole
The former Times science writer chronicles the life of the physicist, brother of Robert, and his revolutionary ideas in art and science.

South of Broad: A Novel By Pat Conroy
A diverse group of teens in Charleston, S.C., forms close bonds amid social upheaval and personal travails.

Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness
By Tracy Kidder
The author follows a young medical student’s escape from ethnic tensions in Burundi and his eventual return to build a clinic for his people.

That Old Cape Magic: A Novel By Richard Russo
Everything changes for Jack and Joy Griffin, but the one constant in their family’s life is the presence of Cape Cod.

L.A. Times list posted by Carolyn Kellogg

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Libris Awards (2010)

From Quill and Quire accessed 6/2/10

The Canadian Booksellers Association handed out its annual Libris Awards on Saturday as part of its three-day National Conference in Toronto. The winners were as follows:

Fiction Book of the Year:
The Bishop’s Man, by Linden MacIntyre (Random House Canada)

Non-fiction Book of the Year:
The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, by Wade Davis (House of Anansi Press)

Young Readers’ Book of the Year:
Vanishing Girl: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Third Case, by Shane Peacock (Tundra Books)

Children’s Picture Book of the Year:
When Stella Was Very, Very Small, by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood Books)