March 19, 2005

Book Critics Winners announced 0


As others have mentioned, the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced last night. Here they are with some links to excerpts and/or reviews if you want to know more about the books: Fiction: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – excerpt, review Nonfiction: The Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch – excerpt, review Biography: De […]

January 23, 2005

Critics’ Finalists Announced 0


Much as The 9/11 Commission Report made big headlines for its non-fiction National Book Award nomination, the nomination of Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, Vol. 1 for best biography by the National Book Critics Circle (though I’m told the book is deserving of this honor) will likely steal the spotlight in terms of news coverage of the […]

November 17, 2004

And the winners are… 0


The winners of the 2004 National Book Awards have been announced: Fiction: The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck (excerpt) Non-fiction: Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle (excerpt) Young People’s Literature: Godless by Pete Hautman (excerpt) Poetry: Door In The Mountain: New And […]

October 19, 2004

The Booker Surprise 0


You may have heard. In a surprise upset, the Booker Prize was awarded to Alan Hollinghurst for Line of Beauty. Oddsmakers, literary professionals, and speculating bloggers all considered David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas to be a lock, but the Booker, as is so often the case, proved too wily to predict. The award will lead to […]

October 14, 2004

More Awards 0


Lisa pointed out in a comment on yesterday’s post that I neglected to mention the finalists in the Young People’s Literature Category of the National Book Award. That’ll teach me to cut corners. So here they are (and the poetry nominees as well… they need the love, too): Young People’s Literature Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by […]

October 13, 2004

Award Season 0


If there is an award season for the book industry, it’s probably right around now. The Booker will be announced in a couple of days, the Nobel Prize was just announced, and now the finalists for the National Book Award have been announced. (The Pulitzer doesn’t happen until the spring, though.) The big news this […]

October 7, 2004

The Nobel 0


Confirming speculation that it would be given to a woman, the 2004 Nobel Prize has been awarded to Elfriede Jelinek, an Austrian author who is probably unknown to most American readers. Her books are dark and often disturbing. She is best known for her book, The Piano Teacher, which was made into an award-winning film. […]

September 23, 2004

Booker Shortlist Excerpt Extravaganza 0


The Booker frenzy is reaching a fevered pitch. I’ve scoured the web for the words of the shortlisted authors. Place your bets accordingly. The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall — excerpt Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst — profile Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell — excerpt The Master by Colm Toibin — excerpt I’ll Go […]

September 13, 2004

Booker Season 0


We are swiftly approaching the announcement of the Booker Prize. Britain’s highest award for fiction, the award is fussed over endlessly by the gossip-hungry British press, and, for the winner, the rewards are plentiful, often turning a book into a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. Take Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, […]

May 5, 2004

Another Brit Prize 0


The shortlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize was announced today. The prize, run by the BBC, “aims to reward the best of non-fiction, from biography, travel and popular science to the arts and current affairs.” The winner will be announced on June 15th. Here are the shortlisted titles: A Short History of Nearly Everything by […]