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Capstone Executives Earn Ernst and Young Award

Robert Coughlan and Tom Ahern, the leadership behind the children’s book publisher Capstone, have won the 2014 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year capstone youngAward for the upper Midwest.

The two executives were honored for their “success in innovation, financial performance, risk, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.” The publishing house has more than 13,000 titles and focuses on using emerging technologies to create books.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this recognition and accept it on behalf of our 350 colleagues at Capstone who bring their creativity and passion every day and are the foundation of our company. At Capstone our motto is, ‘create awesome learning experiences.’ We share a common mission of realizing the power of literacy education and its impact on children’s lives,” stated Ahern.

Mike Meginnis Wins Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

horationelsonfictionMike Meginnis has won the inaugural Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize for his debut novel Fat Man and Little Boy. As the winner he earns a $5,000 cash prize, as well as a book deal with Black Balloon Publishing.

The new prize from Black Balloon Publishing is aimed at honoring books that invoke the spirit of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, “A one-eyed, one armed lunatic genius who never gave up…”. Here is more about the winning book:

Personifying the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan near the end of World War II, Meginnis has crafted a book unlike anything else we have read. As the brothers attempt to cope with the enormity of their pasts, and the reality that those pasts cannot be escaped, these symbols of death and destruction become beacons of longing, attracting an astounding array of characters, from Japanese farmers to black-market peddlers, an unhappy French wife, an American war widow, and a fortune teller, to name but a few.

The second Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize will accept submissions during the month of October. The award is open to unpublished original works of fiction of more than 50,000 words.

IndieReader Discovery Award Winners

IRDA-stciker2-220x130Will Summerhouse took first place in the 2014 IndieReader Discovery Awards in the fiction category for his book Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer.  Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart earned the second place award and Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu by Ylleya Fields took home third place.

The awards were revealed over the weekend at Book Expo. Follow this link to explore the winners by category.

Here is more about the judging process: “The judges on the IRDA panel included top people in all areas of the publishing industry, in concert with IndieReader’s trusty reviewers. Judging was based on the quality of writing and the originality of the story. There was a first, second and third place winner in each of the fiction and non-fiction categories, in addition to winners in various sub-categories, indicating that each book has received at least a 4-5 star review (out of 5 stars).”

 

Dan Fagin Wins Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism

danfaginDan Fagin has won the Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism for his book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.

The book investigates childhood cancer clusters in a New Jersey town which were the result of toxic dumping and industrial pollution. The title has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

“I’m very grateful to Helen Bernstein and her family, and to the wonderful people at the New York Public Library for this recognition,” stated Fagin. “It’s truly humbling to be in the company of so many past Bernstein winners whose work I deeply admire, and also to be mentioned in the same sentence with my fellow finalists, all of whom have done extraordinary work under the most trying possible conditions. In spotlighting the deep reporting that so many of us are still trying to do, the Bernstein family and the New York Public Library are providing a crucial boost for long form nonfiction at a time when it is increasingly difficult to undertake, yet more crucial than ever to the future of our democracy. Thank you.”

Rush Limbaugh Wins Children’s Book Award

rushlimbaughRush Limbaugh has won Author of the Year in the Children’s Choice Book Awards for his latest kids book Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans.

Kids could vote for their favorite author, illustrator and book of the year online between March 25th and May 12th. Limbaugh beat Jeff KinneyRick RiordanVeronica Roth and Rachel Renee Russell, who were also finalists in the category.

The ceremony took place on Wednesday night in New York. Limbaugh blogged about his experience at the ceremony on his website. “I have to tell you, there were so many immigrants that came up to me before the event started, when everybody was being seated and during the event, and they were telling me what coming to America meant to them,” he wrote. “One of them was the photographer, one of the official photographers for the event.  There were a lot of people that were working the event that came up and wanted me to understand how much America had meant to them, and it was really great.”

The Eric Carle Museum Reveals Carle Honors Winners

ericcarleThe Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has revealed the honorees for the 2014 Carle Honors.  The honor pays tribute to four different children’s creators.

Françoise Mouly, publisher and editorial director for TOON Books and art editor of The New Yorker won the “Bridge” honor. Jerry Pinkney, Children’s book illustrator was honored with the “Artist” honor. Children’s librarian Henrietta Smith was given the “Mentor” honor. Reach Out and Read, which is represented by Brian Gallagher and Dr. Perri Klass, was honored with the “Angel” honor for the efforts in early literacy.

The organization will host its ninth annual awards ceremony in New York to celebrate the honors


Margaret Atwood & Kathleen Jamie Win the Orion Book Award

orionbookawardCanadian author Margaret Atwood has won the Orion Book Award for fiction for her work MaddAddam. Scottish writer Kathleen Jamie won the prize for nonfiction for her work Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World.

The prizes are awarded to books that “deepen the reader’s connection to the natural world through fresh ideas and excellence in writing.” “Margaret Atwood’s witty insights into the lay of our cultural and environmental landscape infuse her work with just the right balance of devastation and humor,” explained the editors of Orion magazine that chose Atwood, in a statement. “She has a masterful grasp of how storytelling is intimately tied to resilience, and nowhere is that more evident than in this newest novel.”

The editors went on to explain why they chose Jamie’s work. “Kathleen Jamie’s Sightlines dissects the natural world with precision, humor, and love,” reads the statement. “The essays in this book not only inspire us to look more closely, but also have the power to open us up to a new kind of emotional experience of the planet.”

Nathaniel Mackey Awarded Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

nathanielmackeyNathaniel Mackey has been awarded the 2014 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize by The Poetry Foundation. The prize honors one living U.S. poet for their outstanding lifetime achievement and comes with a $100,000 purse.

Mackey will be presented the award at a ceremony at the Poetry Foundation on Monday, June 9th. “The poetry of Nathaniel Mackey continues an American bardic line that unfolds from Whitman’s Leaves of Grass to H.D.’s Trilogy to Olson’s Maximus poems, winds through the whole of Robert Duncan’s work and extends beyond all of these,” stated Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine. “In his poems, but also in his genre-defying serial novel (which has no beginning or end) and in his multifaceted critical writing, Mackey’s words always go where music goes: a brilliant and major accomplishment.”

The Poetry Foundation also awarded the University of California Press with the first annual Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism prize. The publisher earned the honor for two books: Robert Duncan: The Collected Later Poems and Plays, edited by Peter Quartermain, and Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose, edited by James Maynard.

The O. Henry Prize 2014 Winners Revealed

9780345803252Allison Alsup, Olivia Clare and Louise Erdrich are among winners of the 2014 O. Henry Prize, an award for the best short fiction published in the past year. The winning We’ve got the entire list of winners for you after the jump.

Editor Laura Furman choose the winners along with a panel of jurors including: Tash Aw, James Lasdun, and Joan Silber. The twenty stories will be edited together into a collection by Anchor Books, along with an introduction by Furman and essays from the three guest jurors. The book will be released on September 9, 2014. Read more

Andrew Solomon Wins the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize

Andrew SolomonAndrew Solomon has won the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize and £30,000 in prize money for his nonfiction work, Far from the Tree. The award organizers strive to honor both fiction and nonfiction books that focus on medicine and health.

Solomon worked on writing this book for ten years. In the past, he discussed his research in a popular TED talk called “Love, No Matter What.”

Sir Andrew Motion, chair of the judging panel, revealed in a statement that the judges unanimously selected Solomon’s book as the winner from a pool of six titles. The five other books that made it onto the short list includes The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth GilbertWounded by Emily MayhewCreation by Adam Rutherford, Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks, and Inconvenient People by Sarah Wise. (Photo CreditAnnie Leibovitz)

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