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Bookslut’s New Award Aims to Correct Book Awards of the Past

bookslutIn a move to help correct the past and award those books that have stood the test of time but did not win the Pulitzer or National Book Award in their day, Bookslut has launched its own award. The new award posthumously awards the best books of  50 years ago.

Check it out: “Book awards, for the most part, celebrate mediocrity. It takes decades for the reader to catch up to a genius book, it takes years away from hype, publicity teams, and favoritism to see that some books just aren’t that good. Which is why we are starting a new book award, the Daphnes, that will celebrate the best books of 50 years ago. We will right the wrongs of the 1964 National Book Awards, which ugh, decided that John Updike’s The Centaur was totally the best book of that year.”

The literary magazine is currently seeking nominees for the Best Books of 1963. Make your nomination by emailing this address.

Stephen Colbert Wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album

america againComedian Stephen Colbert won this year’s Best Spoken Word Album Grammy for the America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t audiobook.

Hachette Audio released it on October 02, 2012. The four other nominees were Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls author David Sedaris, The Storm King author Pete Seeger, Carol and Me author Carol Burnett, and Still Foolin’ ‘Em author Billy Crystal.

Past winners in this category include Society’s Child author Janis Ian, If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t) author Betty White, and Earth (The Book) author Jon Stewart & The Daily Show writers. This marks the second time Colbert won a Grammy Award; he snatched up a Grammy in 2010 for Best Comedy Album.

Free Samples of the 2014 Newbery Medal & Newbery Honor Winners

076366040xThe American Library Association has announced that Flora & Ulysess author Kate DiCamillo is the winner of the prestigious John Newbery Medal.

This middle grade novel features illustrations created by artist K.G. Campbell. DiCamillo, the newly crowned National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, earned a Newbery Honor in 2001 for Because of Winn-Dixie and a Newbery Medal in 2004 for The Tale of Despereaux.

We’ve linked to free samples of the Newbery Medal-winning title and the Newbery Honor books below. Follow this link to access free samples from last year’s pool of Youth Media Award winners.

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’12 Years a Slave’ Nominated for 9 Academy Awards

12 Years a Slave, a film adaptation directed by Steve McQueen, has earned nine academy Academy Award nominations. Thor actor Chris Hemsworth joined Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs to make the announcement this morning.

The movie, based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, stars British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor in the lead role. We’ve embedded the trailer above–what did you think of the film?

The movies recognized in the Best Picture category included a host of adapted books. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of books adapted into this year’s Best Picture-nominated films.

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Kate DiCamillo Crowned National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

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Flora & Ulysses author Kate DiCamillo has been named the fourth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She will serve in this role for the next two years.

As Ambassador, she will travel the country and promote reading under the platform “Stories Connect Us.” DiCamillo, who will be officially inaugurated on January 10th in Washington D.C., succeeds Fallen Angels author Walter Dean Myers. Past ambassadors also include The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales author Jon Scieszka and Bridge to Terabithia author Katherine Paterson.

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Hachette Audio Books Nominated For GRAMMY Awards

grammyThree books from Hachette Audio have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards for Best Spoken Word Album. This includes: America Again by Stephen Colbert, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris  and The Storm King by Pete Seeger.

Sedaris has previously been nominated for three GRAMMY awards. His audio books Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and When You Are Engulfed in Flames were previously nominated for Best Spoken Word album and Live at Carnegie Hall was nominated for Best Comedy Album. The nomination is the first for the other two authors.

Since 1994, Hachette Audio has produced seven GRAMMY award-winning audiobooks. ”Receiving a GRAMMY nomination is a thrill,” stated Michael Pietsch, CEO the Hachette Book Group, so grabbing three nominations in the Spoken Word category is just extraordinary.  It’s wonderful evidence of the superb work being done by Hachette Audio.”

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony will be held January 26th in Los Angeles. 

SCBWI Unveils the Winners of the 2013 Jane Yolen Mid-list Author Awards

scbwiThe Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) revealed the winners of the 2013 Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Award. Eve Feldman, author of Billy and Milly Short and Silly (Putnam) and Dog Crazy (Tambourine), is the winner. She will receive The winner a $3,000 prize.

Authors Verla Kay and Deborah Lynn Jacobs were also awarded honor grants. Kay is the author of several books including: Civil War Drummer Boy (Putnam) and Hornbooks and Inkwells (Putnam). Deborah Lynn Jacobs is the author of the YA novels Choices (Roaring Brook Press) and Powers (Square Fish).

“At a time when publishing is changing, when delivery of story has changed more thoroughly than at any time since Guttenberg, the mid-list authors are finding it harder and harder to find a traditional publisher to stick with them,” stated Yolen. “And though they backlist fine, they are not mega-bestsellers on the front end.”

Goodreads Choice Awards Winners Revealed

goodreadsWith 24,686 votes, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards.

We’ve linked to samples of all the winners below.

All these authors were nominated and picked by Goodreads users. Did your favorite writer make the list? Read more

National Book Awards Winners for 2013

nationalbookawardJames McBride has won the fiction award for The Good Lord Bird from Riverhead Books.

George Packer has won the nonfiction award for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Mary Szybist won the Poetry award for Incarnadine from Graywolf Press.

The Young People’s Literature award went to Cynthia Kadohata for her book The Thing About Luck from Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

The National Book Award winners for 2013 were revealed tonight.  You can read free samples of all the winners below to help fill your eReader or tablet.

If you want to read all the finalists, we’ve collected free samples of the finalists in all the categories below. Who was your favorite this year? Read more

E.L. Doctorow Honored With Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

eldoctorow E.L. Doctorow received the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards in New York this evening.

Doctorow took to the opportunity on stage to give a long speech about the Internet, which he called “ubiquitous and loomingly present in everything we do.” He talked about how the virtual world has changed out world forever and the opportunities and risks involved.

“Like all worlds, the virtual comes with its heaven and its hell,” he said.

“Its substance is not mountains and seas, but information, data and knowledge in every form and every kind transmitted for every person,” he described it, pointing out the myriads of purpose that the world wide web serves from creating wealth and educating to spying and making war. He called us “immigrants” in “a new world.” Read more

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