- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
Native American voices have won glory for several recent titles covering a variety of topics for every reader. Plus, reading a book by a Native American author is part of the optional mini-challenge for Winter Reading this year! Below are stories pulled from a larger list of Native American authors, featuring modern life in its wit and struggles, historical trauma, the twin pulls of embracing tradition and breaking away, epic fantasy, and more!
Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford
A first collection by an award-winning Cherokee writer traces four generations of Native American women as they navigate cultural dynamics, religious beliefs, the 1980s oil bust, devastating storms and unreliable men to connect with their ideas about home.
Family Saga; Gritty
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
A vigilante enforcer on South Dakota’s Rosebud Indian Reservation enlists the help of an ex to investigate the activities of an expanding drug cartel, while a new tribal council initiative raises controversial questions.
Crime Fiction; Suspenseful
This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples
Engaging in a secret affair with a closeted white man, an Ojibwe from a northern Minnesota reservation navigates small-town discrimination before a ghost leads him to the grave of a basketball star whose murder becomes linked to a local legend.
Intricately Plotted; Moving
Cherokee America by Margaret Verble
In the Spring of 1875 in the Cherokee Nation, Check, a wealthy farmer and mother of five boys, must protect her mixed-race family and tight-knit community at all costs when violence erupts.
Historical Fiction; Compelling
Savage Conversations by LeAnne Howe
Mary Todd Lincoln is addicted to opiates and tried in a Chicago court on charges of insanity. Entered into evidence is Ms. Lincoln’s claim that every night a Savage Indian enters her bedroom and slashes her face and scalp. She is swiftly committed. Her hauntings may be a reminder that in 1862, President Lincoln ordered the hanging of 38 Dakotas in the largest mass execution in United States history. No one has ever linked the two events–until now.
Novel in Verse; Historical Fiction
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
A trilogy debut is inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and follows the unbalancing of the holy city of Tova amid a fateful solstice eclipse.
Epic Fantasy; World-building
Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones
A contemporary horror story where a teen prank goes very wrong and all hell breaks loose: is there a supernatural cause, a psychopath on the loose, or both?
Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth
The term “Apple” is a slur in Native communities across the country. It’s for someone supposedly “red on the outside, white on the inside.” Eric Gansworth tells the story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.