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Literature Awards

Defining Popular -- Not What You Think It Means

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.29.2015 | Books
Maria Rodale

Stepping away from my typical brooding and introspection--such as it is--about my own life, I find myself incrankulous (incredulous + cranky) about the latest news to sweep the publishing industry.

Guardian's First Book Award Shortlist Announced

The Guardian | Mark Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Powerful fictional storytelling dominates the shortlist of this year's Guardian first book award, announced today, which includes works that range fro...

Women Sweep Literature Prizes

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Is it an accident, the judging panels, a mini-trend or are the tides turning? With the sweep of this year's literary awards, all eyes are on the women...

The Forgettable And The Overlooked In Lit Prizes

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This year is a good one for female writers; most of the major literature prizes have gone to women, though whether this is a fluke, a new trend of hei...

The 16th Annual Giller Prize and the Future of Literature in a Digital Age

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marissa Bronfman

Last night the 16th annual Giller Prize celebrated excellence in Canadian literature, reminding us of the incredible dedication, passion and talent with which authors in this great nation write.

National Book Awards Toe The Line Between Famous And Unknown

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — The subjects of this year's National Book Award nominees were better known than the authors.

Biographies about tycoons Henry Ford and Cornelius Vanderbilt were among the finalists announced Wednesday, along with two books relating to Charles Darwin. But judges also omitted such widely publicized releases as Lorrie Moore's "At the Gate of the Stairs," Richard Powers' "Generosity" and Blake Bailey's biography of John Cheever.

Five books from university presses were among the 20 chosen in four competitive categories. Fiction judges picked Bonnie Jo Campbell's story collection, "American Salvage," a paperback original released by Wayne State University Press, the publisher's first National Book Award nomination in its more than 60 year history.

"We're very pleasantly surprised. We nominate some of our best books each year and we've finally made it," said Wayne State Press director Jane Hoehner. "I don't think awards should just go to the big guns. There needs to be a combination, a willingness to look around and find talent."

Winners, each of whom receive $10,000, will be announced at a Nov. 18 ceremony in New York. Humorist Andy Borowitz will host and honorary medals will be presented to Gore Vidal and Dave Eggers.