September 19, 2005

Jonathan Lethem wins MacArthur Genius Grant 0


It’ll be in tomorrow’s papers and on most Web sites tonight at midnight but a couple of foreign papers have posted their stories early: Jonathan Lethem has been awarded a genius grant worth $500,000. I’ll update this post tomorrow with more details once all the winners are officially announced. Update: Well. Not much to report. […]

September 8, 2005

Booker list gets shorter 0


As has been noted elsewhere, the Booker shortlist was unveiled today. This year’s six book list has a lot of name recognition. Here are the shortlisters: The Sea by John Banville, Arthur and George by Julian Barnes, A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Accidental by Ali […]

August 10, 2005

Booker longlist is here 0


As many other book bloggers have noted, the illustrious Man Booker Prize longlist was announced today: The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash AwThe Sea by John BanvilleArthur & George by Julian BarnesA Long Long Way by Sebastian BarrySlow Man by JM CoetzeeIn the Fold by Rachel CuskNever Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroAll For Love […]

April 5, 2005

Looking back on the 2004 National Book Award 0


Some of you may recall that the 2004 National Book Award caused quite a stir in newspaper book pages as well as on lit blogs last fall. The judges were decried by some for picking five finalists whose similarities – that all five of them were women hailing from NYC – were hard to ignore, […]

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 […]