Awards Round Up

thousand-autumnsThings have really been heating up on the literary awards circuit. Here’s the latest in finalists news:

Ladies and Gentlemen, start placing your bets. Right now the odds are in favor of  David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet to take the The Man Booker on Oct. 12. Get good look at Mitchell’s long list competitors on the Man Booker Prize website.

Finalists  for the Crime Writers’ Association Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, affectionately knows as the “Daggers,” have been announced. Winners will be revealed Oct. 8th.

Last, but certainly not least, three finalists have been named for the Thurber Prize for American Humor:

Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo, by Jancee Dunn

How I Became a Famous Novelist, by Steve Hely

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home, by Rhoda Janzen

And now, on to the winners:

R. J. Ellory won a handmade, engraved Theakstons Old Peculier (mini) beer barrel for his novel A Simple Act of Violence on July 22nd at the the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. Sure there was a £3,000 prize for Crime Novel of the year, but we all know the real reason he’ll have boasting privileges at the pub.

Here’s a smattering of winners from the International Thriller Writers Awards:

Best Hard Cover Novel

The Neighbor, by Lisa Gardner

Best Paperback Original Novel

The Coldest Mile, by Tom Piccirilli

Best First Novel

Running from the Devil, by Jamie Freveletti

Best Short Story

A Stab in the Heart, by Twist Phelan

For a complete list of winners and nominees visit the International Thriller Writers website.

Ashley Bryan (All Things Bright and Beautiful, 2010) won the 2011 Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association for a lifetime of achievement. He will receive his medal at a ceremony on April 27th,  2011 in  New Orleans.

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