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Indie Booksellers Choice Awards Winners Unveiled

The winners of the first annual Indie Booksellers Choice Awards have been announced.

The following five books were selected by independent booksellers: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books), The Instructions by Adam Levin (McSweeney’s), The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel (Unbridled), Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (Grove/Atlantic), and Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr (Akashic).

The five winning titles will be displayed in participating independent bookstores throughout the country. Comedian David Rees hosted the awards ceremony at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City.

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Adam Levin Wins NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award

Last night, writer Adam Levin was named the winner of this year’s New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award for The Instructions. The award includes $10,000 in prize money.

Levin’s 1,000-page title was released in November 2010. The image embedded above showcases the book’s three different covers. McSweeney’s will publish his short story collection, Hot Pink, later this year.

Library Lion Ethan Hawke hosted last night’s ceremony. Levin’s fellow nominees included John Brandon‘s Citrus County, Patricia Engel Vida, Suzanne Rivecca‘s Death is Not an Option, and Teddy Wayne‘s Kapitoil. (via Doree Shafrir)

Michael Chabon Publishes Excerpt from ‘Wrecked’ Novel

In an upcoming edition of McSweeney’s, novelist Michael Chabon will publish the first four chapters of Fountain Citya “wrecked” novel Chabon abandoned in 1992. The booklet-sized paperback is 93 pages long, including author annotations and a poster jacket of a Leon Krier painting.

In the  preface to the paperback (pictured),  Chabon described the 1,500-page manuscript about “a poetically sad young man who apprenticed himself to a visionary, postmodern architect.”   McSweeney’s 36 will be released on December 7th–a 275-cubic-inch box containing writings from debut novelist Adam Levin, actor Jesse Eisenberg, and author Colm Toibin.

We wish more writers would give us a glimpse of abandoned manuscripts. Chabon offered aspiring writers some advice about advances  (which he admitted he didn’t follow). Here’s an excerpt: “Don’t take advances; sell your work only when it is complete. A monetary obligation to one’s publisher places all kinds of undue pressure, both subtle and overt, on the writer, chief among them the aforementioned pressure to persist on a f***ed project well beyond the point of reason.”