Congratulations to Hilary Mantel for making award history with her win of the 2012 Man Booker Prize, a prestigious literary honor that often has significant impact on popular reading. Bring Up the Bodies, the second installment in a planned Tudor trilogy, explores the fate of Anne Boleyn. The first book, Wolf Hall, won the Prize in 2009 and became an international bestseller. According to the selection committee, “her resuscitation of Thomas Cromwell – and with him the historical novel – is one of the great achievements of modern literature.” With this honor, Mantel becomes the first writer to win for a direct sequel, one of only three writers to win more than once, the first woman to win twice, the first British author to win twice, and the first to win again in so short a time.
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The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2012 has been awarded to writer Mo Yan, “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.” One of his most recent novels, Big Breasts & Wide Hips, uses the story of a rural gynecologist to explore the ramifications of China’s single-child policy. Red Sorghum: A Novel of China, often credited as Yan’s best known book in the West, follows three generations of a family set during a turbulent time in the country’s history. The first Chinese author to be named as a Nobel laureate was lauded by the committee as one who has “created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition.”
The first weekend of September more than 5,000 people swarmed Chicago for the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, otherwise known as WorldCon. Beyond hosting authors, artists, and fans from more than 30 countries, WorldCon announced the winners of the 2012 Hugo Awards.
For a complete listing of winners, click here. For highlights, see below.
Best Novel: Among Others by Jo Walton
Best Novella: “The Man who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson
Best Novelette: “Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders
Best Short Story: “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): Game of Thrones (Season 1)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): “The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who)
Best Fan Writer: Jim C. Hines
The PEN American Center, the U.S. branch of the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization, has chosen the winners of the 2012 PEN Literary Awards. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie won the Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography, and you can see the story brought to life by favorite book dramatist Barbara Rinella at MPPL on October 1.
Click here for category information and a complete list of winners. Highlights include
Robert W. Bingham Prize: Zazen by Vanessa Veselka
Achievement in American Fiction: E.L. Doctorow
Award for the Art of the Essay: Arguably by Christopher Hitchens
Literary Science Writing Award: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick
Award for Literary Sports Writing: Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game by Dan Barry
Illustrated Children’s Book: Never Forgotten by Patricia C. McKissack
Be still our hearts! The Romance Writers of America have named the most outstanding published romance novels of the year and honored them with the 2012 RITA Awards. No matter if your preferred hero wears a kilt, holds a Regency title, has ties to the supernatural, or appreciates homebaked goods, you’ll find a winner to enhance your dreams.
Best Historical Romance: The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne
Best Regency Historical Romance: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal
Best First Book: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Best Paranormal Romance: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Best Romantic Suspense: New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
Best Young Adult Romance: Enclave by Ann Aguirre
The 2012 Christy Awards, designed to honor and promote excellence in Christian fiction, newly announced top picks in a variety of genres. Click here for a complete of nominees, and choose one of the winners below to inspire your end-of-summer reading.
Contemporary Standalone: Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock
Contemporary Series: The Amish Midwife by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould
Suspense: The Queen by Steven James
Historical: Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin
Historical Romance: The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen
First Novel: Words by Ginny Yttrup
The 2012 Thriller Awards were announced this week, and each winner is action-packed and adrenaline-fueled!
Best First Novel: Spiral by Robert McEuen
Best Hardcover Novel: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
Best Paperback Original Novel: The Last Minute by Jeff Abbott
2012 ThrillerMaster: Jack Higgins
True Thriller Award: Ann Rule
Silver Bullet Award: Richard North Patterson
Honors were bestowed on the final day of the seventh annual ThrillerFest, the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers, who also publish a monthly webzine The Big Thrill.
Remakes seem to be the norm of late, rather than the exception. To be successful, they need to bring something new to the story, and that is certainly the case with the Broadway production of Once: A New Musical. Staying true to the original, but playing with instrumentals and a cappella performances, the 2012 Tony Award winner for Best Musical (and in seven other categories, too!), enchants with beautiful stringwork and Steve Kazee’s especially soulful performance as The Guy. Since the actors also serve as the band, the collaborative effort rings with authenticity, and the international influences are enhanced. Fall slowly in love all over again with the original Broadway cast recording of Once: A New Musical.
The people have spoken! The 2012 Locus Awards, honoring winners of Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field’s annual readers’ poll, have been announced. Why not choose your summer reading from books selected by fans themselves? Click to see a complete list of winners and other finalists.
Fantasy Novel: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Science Fiction Novel: Embassytown by China Miéville
First Novel: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Young Adult Book: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Novella: “Silently and Very Fast” by Catherynne M. Valente
Novelette: “White Lines on a Green Field” by Catherynne M. Valente
Short Story: “The Case of Death and Honey” by Neil Gaiman
Anthology: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
Just in time to highlight great listens for summer reading, the winners of the 2012 Audie Awards have been announced! Honoring the year’s best recordings in a rich mix of categories, these awards are a perfect source of listening suggestions while traveling on vacation, basking in the sun, or making everyday routines more exciting. Try one of the most recent winners below or sample past Audiobooks of the Year. Need more incentive? Don’t forget that listening to an audiobook counts as reading in our Summer Reading Program!
Audiobook of the Year: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Biography/Memoir: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Fantasy: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Humor: Shatner Rules by William Shatner with Chris Regan
Literary Fiction: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Multi-Voiced Performance: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Mystery: Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke
Narration by the Author: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Personal Development: Prime Time by Jane Fonda
Romance: New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
Thriller/Suspense: The Nightmare Thief by Meg Gardiner