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Minnesota Book Award finalists
Cover Art On January 25, the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced the finalists for the 2014 Minnesota Book Awards. Nominees include:

Nonfiction:
Harriman vs. Hill by Larry Haeg

Fiction:
Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger

Memoir:
Prairie Silence by Melanie Hoffert

While we wait to find out the winners, which will be announced on April 5, don't forget to browse past winners on Bookspace!
 
posted Feb 7, 2014 by Anne P. Category: Awards

National Book Awards announced
Cover Art The National Book Awards were announced on November 20. Winners in the four major categories were:

Fiction:
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride

Nonfiction:
The Unwinding: an Inner History of the New America
George Packer

Poetry:
Incarnadine: Poems
Mary Szybist

Young People's Literature:
The Thing About Luck
Cynthia Kadohata


 
posted Nov 27, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

Who is Eleanor Catton?
Cover Art That was the question many readers were asking when Catton received the prestigious Man Booker Prize last week for her second novel, The Luminaries.

But Eleanor Catton also received great attention and extraordinary praise for her first novel, The Rehearsal, which was published in 2008 when she was only 23. The New Zealand-born writer now holds two distinctions: she is the youngest writer ever to receive this literary award (28) and The Luminaries weighs in as the longest book ever to win (832 pages).

Catton's epic novel tells the story of Walter Moody, a wanderer who comes to work in the New Zealand goldfields in 1866. Over the course of the story, Moody finds himself entangled in a "series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries."
 
posted Oct 23, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

And the Nobel Prize goes to..
Cover Art Alice Munro! On October 10, this year's Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to the revered Canadian author, whom the committee described as a "master of the contemporary short story." Munro's writing career effectively began in 1968 with the publication of Dance of the Happy Shades, a collection of short stories that made her a popular literary figure in her native Canada. Since then Munro has gained an international following, thanks to her 14 original short-story collections and six short-story compilations.

In writing about Munro's style, the Nobel Prize commitee says, "her texts often feature depictions of everyday but decisive events, epiphanies of a kind, that illuminate the surrounding story and let existential questions appear in a flash of lightning." Others have described her as the Canadian Chekhov for the depth of her characters and social commentary.

Congratulations to this gifted, much-loved author!

 
posted Oct 16, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

For the love of great food
Cover Art In a season of family reunions, neighborhood block parties and any number of other get-togethers, finding new and exciting recipes to share is part of the fun. The James Beard Foundation Awards, presented this spring, honor cookbooks of all categories, including vegetarian and international cuisine, beverage recipes and baking and desserts. You can also find their picks for food memoirs and professional instruction books. Wherever your heart--and stomach!--is drawn, the JBF Awards offer some wonderful suggestions to expand your cooking repertoire this summer! Here is a brief sampling:

*Cookbook of the Year:
Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America
by Maricel E. Presilla

*American Cooking:
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking
by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart

*Photography:
What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits & Pieces
Photographer: Katie Quinn Davies
 
posted Jul 15, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

Sci/Fi awards announced
Cover Art The Nebula Awards, honoring excellence in science fiction and fantasy literature, were held on May 18. Key categories and winners were:

Outstanding Novel
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Outstanding Novella
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress

Outstanding Novelette
Close Encounters by Andy Duncan

Check out the full list of winners and nominees and weigh in on your favorite sci/fi titles for 2012 by creating a readers' list in Bookspace!
 
posted May 26, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

And the book award goes to...
Cover Art Book awards season has begun with two major awards' ceremonies held this month.

The Pulitzer Prize is awarded for journalism, letters, drama and music, with this year's winners announced April 15. In addition to two exciting wins for the Star Tribune, book winners included:
The Orphan Master's Son
Embers of War: the Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

On a local level, the Minnesota Book Awards were held on April 13. In major categories, a few of the winners were:
Rez Life
Curse of the Jade Lily
The Round House

To see the complete winners' lists, visit the websites of the Friends of the Saint Paul Library and the Pulitzer Prize.
 
posted Apr 24, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

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