The Other Literary Awards

by Jessica Anderson on July 28, 2014

in Memes & Miscellany

Literary Awards

It’s no secret that I love me some literary awards. I follow several of the major awards like the Pulitzer, the Booker, some of the ALA awards like the Printz, Caldecott, and Newbery, and my beloved Tournament of Books. I have spreadsheets filled with award winners. I constantly tally those that I have read and the ones that I own. It’s bliss.

But there are admitted limitations to the major literary awards. There are books and groups left out of consideration, whether by design or by accident. So I decided to branch out, add some additional worksheets to my awards spreadsheet, and check out some different, more specialized, literary awards.

RITA
The RITA Award is the award in the romance world. The ten RITAs are awarded each year by the Romance Writers of America, and thus published romance writers serve as the judges. The ten categories range from historical romance to paranormal romance and from first book to novella, reflecting the broad spectrum covered by the romance genre. The 2013 RITA winner for the best contemporary single title romance was The Way Back Home, by Barbara Freethy.

Batchelder
The Batchelder Award is one of the many awarded by the ALA each year. This one is for children’s books originally published in a language other than English and then translated and published in English. The purpose of the award is “to encourage American publishers to seek out superior children’s books abroad and to promote communication among the peoples of the world.” Noble, eh? The 2014 winner was Mister Orange, written by Truus Matti and translated by Laura Watkinson.

Lambda
The Lambda Literary Awards, also known as the “Lammys,” honor the best in LGBT literature. There are over twenty categories, with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature separated out into genre categories ranging from general fiction and poetry to memoir and science fiction. There was a tie in 2013 in the bisexual literature category, with John Irving winning for In One Person and Cheryl Burke winning for My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B.

Caine
The Caine Prize honors the best African writing in English. It is open to citizens of any African country and focuses “on the short story, reflecting the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.” Yes! African winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature are patrons of the award, which is cool. Nigeria’s Tope Folarin won the 2013 prize for his short story, “Miracle.”

Which literary awards do you follow?

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2014 Booker Longlist

by Jessica Anderson on July 23, 2014

in Memes & Miscellany

Man Booker Prize 2014

Today, the Man Booker Prize announced the 2014 longlist. These thirteen novels will be pared down to a shortlist on September 9, with the winner announced on October 14.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre)
J, Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)
The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre)
The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)
Us, David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Dog, Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)
Orfeo, Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)
How to be Both, Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
History of the Rain, Niall Williams (Bloomsbury)

This is the first year that novelists from countries other than those in the British Commonwealth have been eligible for the Man Booker Prize. Now to qualify, a work must simply be written in English. The resulting longlist includes, according to the press release, “13 books by four Americans, six Britons, two Irish writers and one Australian.”

I, of course, have not yet read any of these yet, though The Bone Clocks and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves are high on my TBR list. Have you read any of these? Are you planning to?

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The Return of the King, Book 5 #LotRreadalong

July 15, 2014
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In which I post my thoughts on the first half of The Return of the King, also known as Book 5 of The Lord of the Rings.

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The Awakening of Miss Prim, by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

July 10, 2014
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In which I review this work in translation that failed to charm me.

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The Two Towers, Book 4 #LotRreadalong

June 30, 2014
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In which I post my thoughts on the second half of The Two Towers, also known as Book 4 of The Lord of the Rings.

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Second Quarter 2014 Summation

June 30, 2014
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In which I post about my literary doings in the second quarter of 2014.

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Why I Will No Longer Accept Review Copies

June 24, 2014
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In which I explain my recent decision to stop accepting review copies of books.

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Utah Book Month Sign-Up

June 19, 2014
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In which I announce sign-ups for this year’s Utah Book Month coming up in August!

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The Two Towers, Book 3 #LotRreadalong

June 18, 2014
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In which I post my thoughts on the first half of The Two Towers, also known as Book 3 of The Lord of the Rings.

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Review: We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

June 10, 2014
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In which I review this short, twisty offering from E. Lockhart.

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