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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.
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- RITA Awards Presented yearly by the Romance Writers of America, one Rita award is given out in each of 13 different romance categories.
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- 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.
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- 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.
When we receive the same question twice in one week, we take note! Here’s what two of your neighbors recently asked:
I haven’t read more than one or two of the classic American novels. Now I’m ready, but I don’t know which are most important. Also, do you have them as audiobooks?
We understand this can be overwhelming. Not only are there differing opinions about the most essential, there are different definitions of classic! Here we’ll suggest American classics in three categories to help you find your gateway.
Shorter American Classics
If delving into classic literature is new for you, try one that is not only short in length but also accessible in story and writing:
F. Scott Fitzgerald
American Classics by Authors of Color
Too many lists of classics limit the rosters to those authored by white men. Make the choice to invest in other perspectives.
Zora Neale Hurston
Most Cited American Classics
If your goal is to be familiar with books likely to be referenced in conversation or in other writing, here are three to know:
Audiobooks are a great way to experience the classics! Let a talented voice actor bring great writing to life for you. Click for a sampling of American classics on audio. Lists of British classics and World classics are also available.