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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Costa Book Awards (2008-2013)

from Costa Book Awards accessed 1/7/14

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book - with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year, announced at an awards ceremony in London every January.

Launched in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards, they became the Whitbread Book Awards in 1985, with Costa taking over in 2006.
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From the Telegraph, accessed 1/7/14
Winners have been named in the five Costa Book Awards categories, the Telegraph reported. Each author receives £5,000 (US$8,202) and is now eligible for the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year prize, which will be announced later this month.

2013 Costa category winners are:
Novel: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
First novel: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Biography: The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Poetry: Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts
Children's: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell
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2011-2012 from Wikipedia.com
2012 Costa Book Awards
First Novel Award — Francesca Segal, The Innocents
Novel Award — Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies dagger
Children's Book Award — Sally Gardner, Maggot Moon
Poetry Award — Kathleen Jamie, The Overhaul
Biography Award — Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes
Short Story Award — Avril Joy, "Millie and Bird"

2011 Costa Book Awards
First Novel Award — Christie Watson, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
Novel Award — Andrew Miller, Pure dagger
Children's Book Award — Moira Young, Blood Red Road
Poetry Award — Carol Ann Duffy, The Bees
Biography Award — Matthew Hollis, Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas
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Category winners for the 2010 Costa Book Awards, which honor books by writers in the U.K. and Ireland, include:

Novel: The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
First novel: Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai
Biography: The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
Poetry: Of Mutability by Jo Shapcott --Winner!
Children's book: Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace

2010 Shortlist
Costa First Novel Award
Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai
Coconut Unlimited by Nikesh Shukla
The Temple-Goers by Aatish Taseer
Not Quite White by Simon Thirsk

Costa Novel Award
Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Costa Biography Award
How to Live A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell
My Father's Fortune by Michael Frayn
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

Costa Poetry Award
Standard Midland by Roy Fisher
The Wrecking Light by Robin Robertson
Of Mutability by Jo Shapcott
New Light for the Old Dark by Sam Willetts

Costa Children's Book Award
Flyaway by Lucy Christopher
Annexed by Sharon Dogar
Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace

2009's shortlisted books
Costa First Novel Award
* The Finest Type of English Womanhood by Rachel Heath
* John the Revelator by Peter Murphy
* Beauty by Raphael Selbourne --Winner!
* The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

Costa Novel Award
* Family Album by Penelope Lively
* Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
* The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson
* Brooklyn by Colm Toibin -- Winner!

Costa Biography Award
* The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius by Graham Farmelo --Winner!
* The Music Room by William Fiennes
* Coda by Simon Gray
* Dancing to the Precipice by Caroline Moorehead

Costa Poetry Award

* Angels Over Elsinore by Clive James
* One Eye'd Leigh by Katharine Kilalea
* Darwin: A Life in Poems by Ruth Padel
* A Scattering by Christopher Reid -- Winner, Costa Book of the Year

Costa Children's Award
* Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
* Troubadour by Mary Hoffman
* The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness --Winner!
* Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera

2008 Costa Shortlist:

Costa First Novel Award
* The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams
* The Outcast by Sadie Jones --Winner!
* Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
* Inside the Whale by Jennie Rooney

Costa Children's Award
* Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
* The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd
* Just Henry by Michelle Magorian --Winner!
* Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine

Costa Biography Award
* Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill --Winner!
* Bloomsbury Ballerina by Judith Mackrell
* If You Don't Know Me By Now: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton by Sathnam Sanghera
* Chagall by Jackie Wullschlager

Costa Novel Award

* The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry --Winner!
* The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
* A Partisan's Daughter by Louis de Bernieres
* Trauma by Patrick McGrath

Costa Poetry Award

* For All We Know by Ciaran Carson
* The Broken Word by Adam Foulds --Winner!
* Sunday at the Skin Launderette by Kathryn Simmonds
* Salvation Jane by Greta Stoddart

PNBA Book Award Winners (2006-2014)

Since 1965 the PNBA [accessed 1/7/14] has presented annual awards to recognize excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest. Rather than soliciting nominations for specific categories, we simply require that the author and/or illustrator reside within the PNBA region (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia), and that the book be published within the current calendar year. In addition, nominations may be submitted for special awards honoring efforts in publishing, illustration or for a body of work. Special awards are determined at the discretion of PNBA's Awards Committee.

2014 Pacific Northwest Book Awards Winners:

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Viking)
The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America by Langdon Cook (Ballantine)
We Live in Water: Stories by Jess Walter (Harper Perennial)
Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems by Robert Wrigley (Penguin Books)
Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin (Random House)
The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme by Joe Sacco (Norton)

2013 Winners:
Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie (Grove)
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin Books)
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur Books)
On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths by Lucia Perillo (Copper Canyon Press)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf)
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (Grove)

2012 Winners:
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (Ecco)
Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson (Basic Books)
Habibi by Craig Thompson (Pantheon)
The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch (Hawthorne Books)
West of Here by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin Books)
Shards by Ismet Prcic (Black Cat)

2011 Winners:
The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel by Brady Udall (Norton)
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes (Atlantic Monthly/El León Literary Arts)
Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
River House: A Memoir by Sarahlee Lawrence (Tin House Books)

2011 Shortlist
The Atlas of Love by Laurie Frankel (St. Martin's)
The Clearing by Heather Davis (Graphia Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
A Common Pornography: A Memoir by Kevin Sampsell (Harper Perennial)
The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson (Scholastic Press)
Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco 
Heartbroke Bay: A Novel by Lynn D'Urso (Berkley)
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (Holt)
The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground by Jeffrey Ostler (Viking)
Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin (Harper Perennial)
The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel by Brady Udall --Winner!
Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year by Robert Michael Pyle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes  --Winner!
Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr  --Winner!
Nashville Chrome by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
River House: A Memoir by Sarahlee Lawrence  --Winner!
Shell Games: Rogues, Smugglers, and the Hunt for Nature's Bounty by Craig Welch (Morrow)
Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter's Civil Rights Journey by Ana Maria Spagna
What We Are: A Novel by Peter Nathaniel Malae (Grove Press)
Work Song by Ivan Doig (Riverhead)

PNBA 2010 Book Award Winners
Winners of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's 2010 Book Awards, which were selected from more than 200 nominated titles by Northwest authors and published in 2009, are:

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan
The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest by Jack Nisbet
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Tor)
The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha (Broadway)
All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Nikki McClure

2009 Book Awards:
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award
Selected Poems: 1970-2005 by Floyd Skloot

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Good Dog, Carl series by Alexandra Day

Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957 by Terry Toedtemeier
American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon by Steven Rinella
Dave Boling. Guernica

2008 Award Winners:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's by Lauren Kessler
Returning to Earth by Jim Harrison
The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff

2007 Award Winners
Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets by David Biespiel
Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
God Laughs and Plays by David James Duncan
Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

2006 Award Winners:
Six titles have won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's 40th annual Book Awards, which recognize "exceptional books written by Northwest authors." The association's award committee of independent booksellers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska selected the titles. The winners will be celebrated at a banquet Friday, March 17, at the PNBA's spring trade show in Seattle.

The Language of Baklava: A Memoir by Diana Abu-Jaber of Portland, Ore., and Miami, Fla.
Rogue River Journal: A Winter Alone by John Daniel of Elmira, Ore.
The Highest Tide: A Novel by Jim Lynch of Olympia, Wash.
How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets by Garth Stein of Seattle, Wash.
William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award: Approximately Paradise by Floyd Skloot of Amity, Ore.

Children's Book Award: Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water by Kurt Cyrus of Eugene, Ore.