January 14, 2013

2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced 5


The fiction list includes one of the biggest fiction releases of last year and a book in translation. To our eye, the five make up a well-rounded an interesting mix of titles.

November 21, 2012

2012 Costa Award Finalists Announced 1


The 2012 finalists for the Costa (formerly Whitbread) Book Awards have been anounced. In the “Novel” category, they are Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, Life! Death! Prizes! by Stephen May, The Heart Broke In by James Meek, and Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart. The Costa site has lists of the […]

November 16, 2012

Sitting with the Longshots at the National Book Awards 5


Domingo Martinez didn’t come to New York just wanting and hoping to win a National Book Award. He had come here prepared to win. Like I said, the coolest guy in the house.

November 14, 2012

2012 National Book Award Winners Announced 5


A novel that “hits the bedrock truth about a whole community” takes the fiction prize.

November 13, 2012

Digging into the 2013 IMPAC Longlist 1


Because of the IMPAC award’s global reach and egalitarian process, it’s always interesting to dig deeper into the longlist.

October 16, 2012

Hilary Mantel Takes Home Her Second Booker Prize 1


Bring Up the Bodies author Hilary Mantel, Ladbrokes’s 6/4 favorite for this year’s award, has won her second Man Booker Prize in three years.

October 11, 2012

Chinese Novelist Mo Yan Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature 9


China gets its first literary Laureate as Mo Yan takes home the Nobel Prize.

October 10, 2012

2012 National Book Award Finalists Announced (With Excerpts and Bonus Links) 10


In a departure, well-known writers dominate the fiction nominees.

October 1, 2012

2012′s Literary Geniuses 2


The MacArthur grant awards $500,000, “no strings attached” to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

September 11, 2012

Old Names and New on the Booker Shortlist (With Excerpts) 4


Hilary Mantel is still in the running for her second Booker, and a pair of debuts join her on the Shortlist.