The 2012 National Book Award winners were announced tonight during a blacktie gala at Cipriani’s in Lower Manhattan. Winning the big fiction prize was Louise Erdrich for her gut-wrenching novel The Round House, which centers on a grave injustice that rocks a Native American community. In a turn that didn’t surprise us whatsoever, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo won for her stunning work of nonfiction, Behind the Beautiful Forevers. David Ferry and William Alexander also won big in Poetry and Young People’s Literature, respectively. See below for a full list of finalists with winners in bold, and click on links for the EW reviews. READ FULL STORY
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Hilary Mantel has “done the double,” as British soccer fans say.
As of today, Mantel has become the first British author, and first woman, to win the Man Booker Prize for fiction twice. She won the 2012 Prize for Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to 2009′s Wolf Hall, which also earned her a Booker.
Only South African-born J.M. Coetzee and Australian author Peter Carey have won twice before.
Earlier this year, EW’s Rob Brunner wrote in a review of Bring Up the Bodies, “In Mantel’s hands, [Thomas] Cromwell’s cunning, morally complicated orchestration of that historic slice through the royal neck is as exciting as any thriller.”
In the run-up to today’s announcement, Mantel had been the odds-on favorite to win the award, along with Will Self for his modernist novel Umbrella. READ FULL STORY
For weeks, Haruki Murakami has been the odds-on favorite to win the Nobel Prize in Literature this year, but a writer less known to American readers took the big honor. Chinese Author Mo Yan, author of Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out, was “overjoyed and scared” when he learned of his win. The Swedish Academy’s official announcement read, “Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition.” READ FULL STORY
Minutes ago, the finalists for the National Book Awards were announced on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. There were 20 books announced in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. Among the nominees are five Pulitzer-winners and five debut authors. See below for the full list, and click the titles for EW’s reviews. READ FULL STORY
The Man Booker Prize is like the Pulitzer of the U.K., and the lucky Brit author who wins it not only gets a handsome cash prize of £50,000 but also a substantial, worldwide boost: Last year’s winner, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, has become a considerable stateside best-seller. The longlist for the 2012 prize, as determined by a panel of jurors that includes Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, has been announced. See the finalists below: READ FULL STORY
The 2012 winners of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrating achievement in newspaper and online journalism, literature, nonfiction and musical composition, were announced this afternoon in New York City. For the first time since 1977, the Pulitzer judges have opted not to award a prize in fiction. See the list of winners below: READ FULL STORY
The finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards, or “Lammys” — honoring achievement in LGBT literature published in 2011 — were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation in Los Angeles. Nominees for the 24 categories range from major-publisher titles from well-known authors such as Alan Hollinghurst, Chris Adrian, and Hillary Jordan to debut writers from small presses. The Lambda Literary Foundation is spreading the wealth of recognition; this year, more than 600 titles have been nominated for an award. More than 90 booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, previous Lammy winners and finalists, and other book professionals contributed to the selection of finalists.
The ceremony will take place on June 4 in New York City. Below is a full list of nominees: READ FULL STORY
Short story author Edith Pearlman took the big fiction prize at the National Book Critics Circle awards last night for her book Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories.
The NBCC awards are among the most prestigious literary honors. Last year, Jennifer Egan won the award for A Visit from the Goon Squad before going on to win the Pulitzer.
Book awards, unlike film awards, can be wildly unpredictable and frequently go in favor of the author with the least buzz — in November, the National Book Award for fiction went to Jesmyn Ward for Salvage the Bones, arguably the least known of the nominated titles. (Binocular Vision was also shortlisted for the NBA). I was predicting that the NBCC would go to Teju Cole, a young, New Yorker-anointed author who wrote about a Nigerian immigrant in Open City. But Pearlman’s meticulously crafted sentences dazzled critics when Binocular Vision was released last year with little fanfare from Lookout Books, an imprint of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
See below for a full list of finalists and winners:
The National Book Critics Circle announced the nominees for its 2011 book awards over the weekend, and there were a few surprises. Critical darlings and major 2011 breakouts like Chad Harbach, Téa Obreht, and Karen Russell were not named as finalists in the fiction category. Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot, which wasn’t a National Book Award finalist and didn’t make The New York Times‘ 10 Best Books of 2011 list, is now the NBCC’s headline nominee. But the dark horse to win fiction might just be Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta, whose rock-tinged novel calls to mind the very different but similarly hip A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, last year’s NBCC winner who went on to win the Pulitzer.
See below for a full list of nominees: READ FULL STORY
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