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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)

Donna Tartt Wins The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

pulitzerAuthor Donna Tartt has won The Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book The Goldfinch. The novel about an orphan, also won Amazon’s Best Books of the Month “Spotlight Pick” in October 2013 and was shortlisted for 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award.

The Flick by Annie Baker won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Alan Taylor‘s The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 won the prize for History. Megan Marshall‘s Margaret Fuller: A New American Life took the Pulitzer for the Biography category. Vijay Seshadri won the Poetry prize for 3 Sections.

Dan Fagin‘s Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation won the prize for General Nonfiction. John Luther Adams‘ Become Ocean took the prize for Music.

 

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Clip Unveiled by MTV

A new clip from The Fault in Our Stars was unveiled during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

Young adult novelist John Green attended the event along with his wife and the stars from the film adaptation. The video embedded above features an intense conversation scene between Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters.

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The Winners of the LA Times’ 34th Annual Book Prize

latimesThe Los Angeles Times  hosted its 34th Annual Book Prizes ceremony over the weekend, honoring 50 writers in 10 categories for their 2013 books. The Times’ book critic David L. Ulin hosted the event at at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium.

Susan Straight received the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement and John Green took The Innovator’s Award. We’ve got the entire list of winners after the jump. Read more

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

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