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
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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
On Wednesday night, Jesmyn Ward joined the likes of William Faulkner and Jonathan Franzen when she won the National Book Award for fiction. Her novel, Salvage the Bones, is a searing portrait of a poor African American family living in coastal Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina. Ward took a moment to talk to EW about her big win and share some of her favorite books that inspire her as a writer.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did any part of you think you would win?
JESMYN WARD: Not at all. I did not. [Laughs] You know, I’d written an acceptance speech just in case, because I figured I had a 20 percent chance of winning, but I did not expect to win. Actually, as they were announcing the winners in each category on Wednesday night, I just kept telling myself to breathe. I was mentally preparing myself to smile and clap and be happy for whoever won, and I just knew that was not going to be me. When they read my name aloud, I don’t think it registered until my publicist grabbed me by the shoulders, said my name very loudly, and shook me. That’s when it hit me that I’d actually won. READ FULL STORY
Despite a major snafu last month, the 62nd National Book Awards named its winners as planned at a ceremony in New York City on Wednesday night. Jesmyn Ward won the fiction prize for her critically lauded but under-the-radar Salvage the Bones, a fierce, lyrical novel set against the tragic backdrop of Hurricane Katrina. The nonfiction honor went to Stephen Greenblatt for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, and Nikki Finney picked up the poetry prize for Head Off & Split.
In perhaps the most fraught category this year — due to the brouhaha surrounding Lauren Myracle’s mistaken and eventually rescinded nomination — Thanhha Lai beat out the other finalists for the Young People’s literature award. Her novel centers on 10-year-old Ha, a girl whose life is forever changed when the Vietnam War ravages her hometown.
See below for a full list of winners and finalists: READ FULL STORY
The National Book Awards nomination debacle — which began when the National Book Foundation mistakenly named Shine by Lauren Myracle as a contender for the young adult category instead of Chime by Franny Billingsley — is so ridiculous that it naturally invites parody. This video, animated in the text-to-voice style of the Xtranormal series of GEICO ads, spoofs the incident pretty much by recounting what actually happened. See the video below!
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