Awards

2014 Ezra Jack Keats Award Ceremony
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2014 Ezra Jack Keats Award Ceremony

Earlier this year, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation announced the New Writer and New Illustrator Award Winners for books published in 2013. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation partnered with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection to recognize new voices and artists in children’s literature. On April 10, they celebrated the winners and honorees during the Fay […]

2014 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Awards
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2014 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Awards

On April 13, the L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards were presented in Los Angeles. Since 1983, the Writers of the Future contest has provided aspiring short story writers with the opportunity to see their work published. The artistic side of this contest was introduced in 1988. The judges, established sf writers and illustrators, led a week-long […]

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ILA names new "Soon to be Famous" Author

ILA names new "Soon to be Famous" Author

Librarians have not always been willing to embrace self-published authors. It’s hard to spend limited dollars on an unproven book, and when it’s an e-only title, it’s even harder to add the book to the collection. But we can’t ignore self-publishing for long—last year, self-published books made up 32% of the Amazon best-seller list.  How […]

2014 Pulitzer Winners
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2014 Pulitzer Winners

On April 14, the Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists were revealed at Columbia University. Reviews of the winning book titles are included.   FICTION The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt   GENERAL NONFICTION Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, Dan Fagin   BIOGRAPHY OR AUTOBIOGRAPHY Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, Megan Marshall   HISTORY The […]

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Society of Midland Authors 2014 Award Winners and Finalists
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Society of Midland Authors 2014 Award Winners and Finalists

The Society of Midland Authors has announced the winners and finalists for their 2014 awards for books published in 2013. Titles are linked to Booklist reviews when available. Founded in 1915, the Society has honored Midwest authors with annual awards since 1957. This year’s banquet is Tuesday, May 13, at the Cliff Dwellers Club in Chicago. Paul Durica, […]

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Audiobook of the Year & Distinguished Achievement in Production finalists announced

Audiobook of the Year & Distinguished Achievement in Production finalists announced

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists for recognition as the top audiobooks of the year, to be announced at the 2014 Audies Award Gala, the “Oscars of Audiobooks.” Check out this Audiobooker post for the nominees in all 29 award categories. Here are highlight’s of today’s press release about the premier Audies awards: […]

Tim Federle on narrating his audiobook, with a shout-out to ALA’s Odyssey, Notable Children’s Recordings & Stonewall Awards

Tim Federle on narrating his audiobook, with a shout-out to ALA’s Odyssey, Notable Children’s Recordings & Stonewall Awards

I love video interviews with authors and narrators, and this one is doubly-good, as Broadway star author Tim Federle gives an insider’s looks at the his self-narrated audiobooks Better Nate Than Ever and sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!  The first title racked up three American Library Association recognitions – an Odyssey Honor, a place on the Notable Children’s Recordings […]

Howdy, Pilgrim

Howdy, Pilgrim

It is not down on any map; true places never are. – Herman Melville Sometimes I read a book with such memorable and delicately honed prose, such surpassing charm, that the less said about it, the better.  These are books where I miss the characters when I close the cover for the last time, and find myself wondering, […]

The Tenderness of Wolves

The Tenderness of Wolves

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney won the Costa Book of the Year Winner in 2006.  Trust me on this one:  there is not a character in this book who would not have wolfed down a big old cup of Costa coffee at any point in this novel. At the time I am writing […]

2013 National Book Critics Circle Awards
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2013 National Book Critics Circle Awards

Yesterday, the National Book Critics Circle announced the winners for their 2013 book awards. Booklist reviews of the winning titles are included below where available. If you want to learn more about the awards (including the finalists in each category) or see some photos of the winning authors at the awards ceremony, visit NBCC’s blog. […]

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