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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Takes The National Book Critics Circle Prize

AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has won the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC)’s prize for fiction for her book Americanah. The Knopf title is about a young woman’s struggles after she moves from Lagos to New York.

The author has won a number of awards for her previous books.  She won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, as well the 2006 Orange Broadband Prize a PEN Beyond Margins award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

Sheri Fink ’s  Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital took the prize for general nonfiction. Amy Wilentz‘s Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti took the prize for autobiography. Leo Damrosch‘s Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World won the biography award. Franco Moretti‘s work Distant Reading won the prize for criticism. Frank Bidart‘s book Metaphysical Dog was awarded the poetry prize.

Librarians Launch the ‘In the Margins’ Book Award

THUMBNAIL_IMAGEA group of youth librarians came together to launch the “In the Margins” book award.

Here’s more from School Library Journal: “The purpose of creating the ITM committee was to get feedback from teens across the country and to create authority in our book choices to assist in justifying purchases for detention facilities that are notorious for censorship. Another of the group’s goals is to bring attention to those hidden gems that aren’t on the radar, bringing self-published authors and small press offerings to light.”

The founding committee examined more than 200 books to pick out the best ones for teenagers living in the fringes of society. The organizers recently revealed their Top 10 list; the selections came from a pool of thirty nominated titles. We’ve posted the full list below.

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The L.A. Times Reveals 2013 Book Prize Finalists

latimesbookprizeJohn Grisham, “Robert Galbraith” (aka J.K. Rowling), Doris Kearns Goodwin, A. Scott Berg, Joe Sacco, Percival Everett, Claire Messud, Rainbow Rowell, Alan Weisman, and Gene Luen Yang are among the finalists for The Los Angeles Times’ 2013 Book Prize.

The newspaper announced all of the finalists for the 34th annual L.A. Times Book Prize today. The list include 50 books in 10 categories including: biography, current interest, fiction, graphic novel/comics, history, mystery/thriller, poetry, science and technology, and young adult literature. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in April.

In addition, John Green will be awarded with the Innovators Award and Susan Straight with the Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Read more

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.”

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