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James McBride Wins the BoBi Award

James McBrideNational Book Award-winning novelist James McBride (pictured, via) has been declared the recipient of this year’s Best of Brooklyn, Inc. (BoBi) Award.

McBride appeared at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival for a conversation event with The Wire TV series actor Wendell Pierce.

Past BoBi winners include The Giver author Lois Lowry, journalist Pete Hamill, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri.

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The Rona Jaffe Foundation Unveils 2014 Writers’ Award Winners

2014JaffewinnersThe Rona Jaffe Foundation has announced the 2014 Writers’ Award winners. Each winner received a $30,000 cash prize. The six winning writers include Olivia Clare (fiction), Karen Hays (nonfiction), Danielle Jones-Pruett (poetry), T.L. Khleif (fiction), Mara Naselli (nonfiction), and Solmaz Sharif (poetry).

The award ceremony took place on September 18th in New York City; writer Adrian Nicole LeBlanc served as the evening’s special guest speaker. Past recipients of this award includes Laura Newbern (poetry), Lan Samantha Chang (fiction), and Rachel Aviv (nonfiction). (Photo Credit: Star Black)

Free Samples of NBA’s Longlist for Fiction

The National Book Foundation has revealed its Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

The Fiction Longlist includes one book by a National Book Award Winner, two by former National Book Award Finalists, one by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 author, two by Pulitzer Prize Winners, and one by an author best-known as the lyricist and musician for the band The Mountain Goats. The backdrop of war and imagined dystopia is a focus of five of the ten. Three are collections of short stories, two of which are by first-time authors. Read more

Free Samples of NBA’s Nonfiction Longlist

nbaThe National Book Foundation has revealed its Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

The Nonfiction Longlist includes the first cartoonist to be honored by the National Book Awards in the adult categories (three graphic novels have been Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category), a Pulitzer Prize Winner, and several distinguished historians. Read more

Free Samples of the NBA’s Poetry Longlist

nbaThe National Book Foundation has revealed its Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

The Longlisted books range in style and content: from a single elegiac narrative poem to a provocative examination of race relations told in an experimental fusion of lyric, prose poems, and image. Among the poets on this year’s Longlist are two former National Book Award Finalists, two former Poets Laureate of the United States, a Pulitzer Prize winner, two Bollingen recipients, a Los Angeles Times Book Award winner, and a Whiting Writers’ Award winner.

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Free Samples of the NBA’s Young People’s Literature Longlist

nbaThe National Book Foundation has revealed the Young People’s Literature Longlist for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

Among this year’s ten Longlisted books are four former National Book Award Finalists, three Newbery Honor Book recipients, a Michael L. Printz Award Winner, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree. The ten titles on the Longlist are a range of sophisticated voices and writing styles in genres that include fantasy, memoir, mystery, nonfiction, science fiction, and a novelized history.

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Ursula LeGuin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Ursula K. LeGuinSci-fi novelist Ursula K. Le Guin will received the National Book Awards 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Le Guin will be honored at the 65th  National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York on November 19th. Author Neil Gaiman will present her with the award.

“Ursula Le Guin has had an extraordinary impact on several generations of readers and, particularly, writers in the United States and around the world,” stated Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of The National Book Foundation. “She has shown how great writing will obliterate the antiquated—and never really valid—line between popular and literary art. Her influence will be felt for decades to come.”

The award was created in 1988 and Le Guin will be the twenty-seventh author receive the honor. She joins Toni Morrison, E.L. Doctorow, John Ashbery, Joan Didion, Elmore Leonard, Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe among others.

As usual, GalleyCat will be reporting live from the awards event, check back in November for our live coverage.

Booktrack & Hugh Howey Reveals Winners of Writing & Sound Design Contest

Unknown1Author Hugh Howey, digital writing community Wattpad and eBook soundtrack company Booktrack have revealed the winners of their collective new writing and audio production contest.

Elodie West has won the prize for best work of fan fiction based on Howey’s recent bestseller Half Way Home for her submission World EaterJamie Terry has won the  prize for the best soundtrack to accompany a chapter from Howey’s book. Both creators will receive $5,000 for their winning submissions. In addition, Terry has earned the opportunity to co-produce a soundtrack for Howey’s latest novel The Hurricane. Howey will also give West editorial feedback on up to 10,000 words of original writing.

More than 200 people entered during the two-month contest period. The judges narrowed it down to 10 finalists. All finalists will receive $1,000 prizes for their submissions. Here is more about the finalists from the press release: Read more

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Shortlist Revealed

shortlistThe Center for Fiction has unveiled the annual shortlist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a prize that carries $10,000 for a debut novel. Seven first-time novelists made the list. Judges this year include last year’s winner Margaret Wrinkle, as well as David Gilbert, Tayari Jones and Sigrid Nunez.

All of the short-listed authors will give a reading at the Center for Fiction on December 8th. The winner will be announced the next night at The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York. Wrinkle will present the award. All of the runners up will receive a $1,000 prize.

Explore the shortlist after the jump. Read more

LeVar Burton Wins the Geek of the Year Award

LeVar Burton has won in the “Geek of the Year” category at the 2nd annual Geekie Awards. He received a special limited edition Gibson guitar as his prize.

The video embedded above features Burton singing the Reading Rainbow theme song and delivering his acceptance speech. What do you think? (via Tech Times)

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