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  • Agatha Awards  The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery – books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. Awards are presented yearly for Best Novel, Best First Mystery, Best Short Story, Best Non-Fiction, and Best Children’s/Young Adult Mystery.
  • Bram Stoker Award  The Horror Writers Association annually presents this award for outstanding horror writing in a number of different categories.
  • Edgar Awards  Awarded by the Mystery Writer’s Association, this yearly award is presented to authors of distinguished work in various categories of the mystery genre.
  • Hugo Award  Also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award, the Hugo Award in presented annually by the World Science Fiction Society to a variety of different categories.
  • Man Booker Prize  One of the world’s most prestigious awards, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction and is awarded to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.
  • National Book Award  The National Book Awards honors exceptional books written by U.S. citizens in four genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award  The National Book Critics Circle is comprised of over 700 active book reviewers and presents awards for the finest books published in English for fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry and criticism.
  • Nebula Award  Presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given each year for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story.
  • Nobel Prize for Literature  The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden and is awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction  Lists Pulitzer Prize winning titles and profiles winners from 1917 to the present.
  • RITA Awards  Presented yearly by the Romance Writers of America, one Rita award is given out in each of 13 different romance categories.

Bestsellers »

  • Book Sense  Bestseller lists based on sales from independent bookstores across America.
  • Publishers Weekly  Bestseller lists compiled by publishers weekly.
  • New York Times  Current New York Times bestseller lists plus a searchable archive..

Books Featured in the Media »

  • Book TV – CSPAN2  Enhances CSPAN2’s Book TV weekend programs that feature nonfiction books by providing an opportunity to watch or listen to programs that have recently aired and find additional information not available on the network, as well as view bestseller lists from around the country, upcoming programming information, author information and more.
  • Good Morning America  Selections from Good Morning America’s Read This! book club.
  • Masterpiece Theater Bookclub  The Masterpiece Theatre has adapted many books to screen. Their book club gives viewers the opportunity to read and discuss selected books alongside their screen adaptations.
  • Oprah’s Books  Oprah’s book club choices, books seen on her show, books from her magazine and more.
  • Today Show  Excerpts and information on NBC’s Today Show’s book recommendations.

Genre Fiction »

  • Horror Writers Association  Horror headlines, conventions, free excerpts, writing tips, reading lists, author interviews, new horror releases and much more.
  • International Thriller Writers, Inc.  Thriller authors created ITW to celebrate the thriller genre, to enhance the prestige and raise the profile of thrillers, to award prizes to outstanding thriller novels and authors, and to create opportunities for collegiality within the thriller community.
  • Mystery Writers of America  Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America  Official site of the nonprofit organization offering an extensive list of sci-fi and fantasy links.
  • Romance Writers of America  A nonprofit association providing networking and support to romance fiction writers.
  • Western Writers of America  The official website of the Western Writers of America where you can obtain information about Old West topics, contact western authors, get “Spur Award” updates, etc.

Reviews and Features »

  • BookPage  New book reviews, author interviews, feature articles and other book information.
  • BookBrowse  Excerpts and reviews about books, plus author interviews, reading guides and more.
  • Book Reporter  An all-encompassing site featuring reviews, features articles, books to movies, author interviews and reader commentaries.
  • BookWire  An internet resource dedicated to new titles, new authors, and the general scoop on the book industry. Use this site to search book reviews, read about the latest releases, watch author video clips, and learn about upcoming book events.
  • Overbooked  Provides timely information about literary & genre fiction as well as readable nonfiction. Includes annotated lists of nonfiction, fiction and mystery books which received starred reviews, themed booklists, featured titles lists and hot lists of hard cover US fiction releases.
  • MysteryNet.com  Online mysteries, mystery games, mystery books and resourses and more.
  • Stop, You’re Killing Me!  A comprehensive index of mystery books by author and series character.
  • RT Book Reviews  This trade journal includes reviews of upcoming romances, “Top Picks” of the month, and tips and resources for romance writers and readers.
  • Locus Online  A journal featuring news and reviews of science fiction and fantasy.
  • The SF Site  A comprehensive site featuring book reviews, excerpts, author interviews, articles, author booklists, and more.
  • Buried.com  Reviews of horror books and movies, horror interviews, links to haunted houses, etc.
  • Roundup Magazine  An online magazine published by the Western Writers of America featuring award winners, reviews of western novels, and more.

List: Fantastical Holiday Reads

Now that it’s December, you may be in the mood for a tale trimmed with tinsel. Mystery fans, romance readers, and humor devotees don’t lack for brightly-wrapped packages, but those who enjoy wondering about life in other worlds or pushing the boundaries of what-if won’t need to settle for coal. Fill your stocking with science fiction and fantasy stories that embrace the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Stars book coverChristmas Stars
ed. by David C. Hartwell
A collection of holiday miracle stories by top fantasy and science fiction writers includes the tales of a father’s gift that opens up the universe for all humanity and the original fantasy that inspired the film It’s a Wonderful Life.
Season of Wonder book coverSeason of Wonder
ed. by Paula Guran
Yuletide brings marvels and miracles both fantastic and scientific. The best stories from many realms of fantasy and a multitude of future universes, gift-wrapped in this spectacular treasury of wintertime wonder.
Yuletide Universe book coverA Yuletide Universe: Sixteen Fantastical Tales
ed. by Brian M. Thomsen
A compilation of holiday tales by a range of science fiction and fantasy authors includes contributions by such notables as Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Anne McCaffrey, and Harlan Ellison.

 

War of Gifts book coverA War of Gifts: An Ender Story
by Orson Scott Card
Chaos erupts at Battle School when a student places a gift in another student’s shoe on Sinterklaaus Day, an act of rebellion that forces everyone to make a choice during the War over Santa Claus.
Miracle and Other Christmas Stories book coverMiracle and Other Christmas Stories
by Connie Willis
Multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Willis captures the timeless essence of generosity and goodwill in stories that transport readers to fascinating realms filled with wonder and joy.
Krampus the Yule Lord book coverKrampus, the Yule Lord
by Brom
When he stumbles upon a magical bag that belongs to Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark enemy of Santa Claus, struggling songwriter Jesse gets an unexpected chance to save his daughter and his own broken dreams–and return wild magic to Boone County, West Virginia.