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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.

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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)

Pen Center USA Unveils 24th Annual Literary Award Winners

Pen Center USAPEN Center USA has unveiled some of the winners of the 24th annual literary awards. Each writer will receive a one thousand dollar cash prize.

At this point in time, the Graphic Literature Award winner and the recipient of the organization’s Award of Honor have not yet been revealed. The group will be honored at the 24th annual literary awards festival. Check out the list of winners below.

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2014 American Poets Prize Winners

americanpoetsThe Academy of American Poets has revealed the winners of the 2014 American Poets Prizes. The organization will give out more than $200,000 to poets in award money.

Robert Hass has won the Wallace Stevens Award, an honor which recognizes “proven mastery in the art of poetry” and comes with a $100,000 stipend. Hass is the author of a number of collections of poetry including The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems. Tracy K. Smith has received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, which recognizes ”distinguished poetic achievement” and comes with a stipend of $25,000. Her most recent collection, Life on Mars, won the Pulitzer Prize

Rigoberto González’s book Unpeopled Eden has received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, which includes a $25,000 purse. The award  ”recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year.” Brian Blanchfield’s book A Several World  has been awarded the James Laughlin Award, a prize for a “superior second book of poetry by an American poet,” which carries a $25,000 prize. Read more

How to Submit to the London Book Festival

londonbookfestThe 2014 London Book Festival is currently looking for entries for its annual awards, which highlight the best in international publishing.

The festival considers titles in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian. Titles can be self-published or traditionally published. Categories include: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, poetry, art/photography, young adult, how-to, wild card (anything goes!), business, science fiction, history, romance, spiritual/religous and biography/autobiography/memoir. Works must have been published after January 1, 2011.

The judges will judge the works based on storytelling and its potential to have an international impact. The winner will earn $1500 in prize money, as well as a flight to London to attend the ceremony in January 2015. submissions will be open through November 25, 2014. Follow this link for more information on how to enter.

Daniel Hannan Has Won the Paolucci Book Award

UKBritish politician and journalist Daniel Hannan has won the  2014 Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award for his book Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World. The award honors “the best work of conservative scholarship published in the previous year.”

Hannan was selected from a shortlist of five writers who were also nominated for the award including: Mary Eberstadt (How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization); Samuel GreggBecoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European FutureArthur Herman (The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle) and Yuval Levin (The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left).

Hannan will receive a $5,000 cash prize. He will also deliver a public lecture on the book and do a book signing on Wednesday, October 8, at 5:30 p.m. at The University and Whist Club in Wilmington, DE.

 

Sample the Best Science Fiction of 2014

hugoawardThe 2014 Hugo Award winners have been revealed. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of the winning books for your reading pleasure.

The winners were introduced at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention.

A total of 3,587 ballots were cast this year. Read more

Maxine Hong Kingston & Julia Alvarez Honored as Recipients of the National Medal of Arts

Maxine Hong Kingston and President Barack ObamaWriters Maxine Hong Kingston and Julia Alvarez have been awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Here’s more from the press release: “The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government. It is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States.”

President Barack Obama himself presented all the recipients with their medals in a ceremony at the White House. Follow these links to check out podcasts featuring Kingston and Alvarez. (Photo Credit: Jocelyn Augustino)

The Guardian Reveals First Book Award Longlist

the guardianThe £10,000 Guardian First Book Award recognizes the debut publication of a writer each year. The 2014 longlist includes five fiction titles, five non-fiction titles, and a short story collection.

The Guardian will announce the shortlist in late October, and the winner will be revealed in December. The fiction titles are: Young Skins by Colin Barrett;  In the Light of What we Know by Zia Haider Rahman; The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane; After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry; and We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

The nonfiction titles on the list are: Iceberg by Marion Coutts; Bricks and Mortals by Tom Wilkinson; Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos; Do No Harm by Henry Marsh; and American Interior by Gruff Rhys. The short story collection which is nominated for the Reader’s Choice award is Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan.

Free Samples of 2014 Eisner Award Winning Comics

Eisner LogoThe winners of the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced. Follow the links below for free samples of books by some of the winners.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples won the prize for “Best Continuing Series” for Saga. Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker came out on top in the “Best Reality-Based Work” category for The Fifth Beatle. Matthew Inman took home the “Best Digital Comic” award for The Oatmeal.

Here’s more from the press release: “Named for acclaimed comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 26th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. The 2014 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of comics retailer Kathy Bottarini (Comic Book Box, Rhonert Park, CA), author/educator William H. Foster (Untold Stories of Black Comics), reviewer Christian Lipski (Portland, OR Examiner), Comic-Con International board member Lee Oeth, library curator Jenny Robb (Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum), and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist/critic James Romberger (Post York, 7 Miles a Second).”
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