The Women's Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) has announced this year's exceptionally talented longlist of female novelists.
We're honored to publish or distribute five of twenty titles featured on their excellent list:
BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE? by Sheila Heti
THE MARLOWE PAPERS by Ros Barber
THE FORRESTS by Emily Perkins
IGNORANCE by Michèle Roberts
The shortlist will be posted on April 16th and the winner will be announced on June 5th.Read more
"CURL UP ON MY LAP. LET ME BRUSH YOUR HAIR WITH MY FINGERS. I AM SINGING YOU A LULLABY. I AM TESTING FOR STRUCTURAL WEAKNESS IN YOUR SKULL."
According to their website the Dylan Thomas Prize is "an international literary award aimed at encouraging raw creative talent worldwide. Established in response to the enormous international phenomenon of new writing by young authors, the Prize recognises the obvious ambitions of those writers as reflected in the marked popularity of creative writing classes."
Congratulations, Amelia! The shortlist will be announced in September; we'll have our fingers crossed until then.Read more
Esi Edugyan’s HALF-BLOOD BLUES has won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award which recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures! Esi will accept the award at a ceremony in Cleveland, OH, on September 13th.
And HALF-BLOOD BLUES has also been shortlisted for The Orange Prize for Fiction which celebrates and promotes fiction by women throughout the world! The awards ceremony will be in London on May 30th, 2012. We have our fingers crossed!Read more
Today we're sharing with you an introduction letter from the 2011 Minotaur/Mystery Writer of America Best First Novel-winning author and librarian, Eleanor Kuhns. Instead of us telling you about her life as a librarian/author and the details of her thrilling new historical mystery, A SIMPLE MURDER, we figured we should leave that up to the expert—her! Without further ado...
Winning the 2011 Minotaur/Mystery Writer of America Best First Novel contest is the culmination of my lifetime dream of becoming a published writer. I wrote my first story when I was ten and by then I was already an avid reader. I wanted then, and still strive, to recreate with my fiction that shock of discovery, that almost life-changing experience of reading a good story. I have never lost that passion for compelling the same response in a reader that I felt as a child.Read more
The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers recently announced their shortlist for the 2012 Hammett Prize! The prize is awarded to a crime novel of "literary excellence in the field of crime" penned by an author in the US or Canada.
This year's shortlist includes James Sallis' excellent Southwestern tale, THE KILLER IS DYING--which is part crime novel and part coming-of-age novel. Many readers will know Sallis as the author of DRIVE, the crime novel recently adapted into a film of the same name starring Ryan Gosling.
In their starred review Publishers Weekly said,
"In this hallucinatory, almost visionary novel of suspense set in Phoenix, Sallis (DRIVE) focuses on three people of vastly different backgrounds and situations [...] Through no-nonsense staccato chapters, with minimal action, Sallis does a superb job exploring the workings of his characters' thoughts and motives."
We are very proud to have so many excellent books, both fiction and nonfiction, nominated for the Edgar Awards this year.
In their press release the Mystery Writers of America say that the Edgar Awards are "honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2011."
Our 2012 nominees:
THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X by Keigo Higashino
THE TATTOOED GIRL by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer & John-Henri Holmberg
The awards will be presented to the winners on April 26, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, NYC.Read more
We're very excited to see two beautifully written novels published by Macmillan on the shortlist for the Man Asian Literary Prize, THE SLY COMPANY OF PEOPLE WHO CARE by Rahul Bhattacharya and RIVER OF SMOKE by Amitav Ghosh.
Seven books were shortlisted this year, rather than the usual five, due to the incredibly strong list of candidates.
Chair Judge Razia Iqbal responded to their choice with, "The judges were greatly impressed by the imaginative power of the stories now being written about rapidly changing life in worlds as diverse as the arid borderlands of Pakistan, the crowded cityscape of modern Seoul, and the opium factories of nineteenth century Canton. This power and diversity made it imperative for us to expand the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist beyond the usual five books."
The Man Asian Literary Prize was founded in 2007. It is an annual literary award given to the best novel by an Asian writer, either written in English or translated into English, and published in the previous calendar year.Read more
We're not sure if it was the bizarre cuisine, the epic castles, the mad princes, or the horse-mating videos that caught the attention of the Dolman Travel Book Award committee, but it was something because Simon Winder's GERMANIA just made Dolman's shortlist for 2011 Travel Book of the Year!
Winder writes with a wish to reclaim the brilliant, chaotic, endlessly varied German civilization that the Nazis buried and ruined, and that, since 1945, so many Germans have worked to rebuild.
GERMANIA is an entertaining read covering serious topics---how we are misled by history, how we twist history, and how sometimes it is best to know no history at all. It's about the limits of language, the meaning of culture, and the pleasure of townscape.
Booklist says, "[Winder's] account is loaded with enjoyable digressions on German food, the charm of medieval castles, and German composers. [...] This is an enjoyable, often amusing, often serious effort to understand a people who remain at the center of European civilization."
Kirkus Reviews calls GERMANIA "a cheerful, dryly unserious survey and travelogue through the landscape and psyche of Germany," and says, "[Winder] offers an impressive discussion of the shattering effects of World War I, both on Germany and the world."
The 2011 Dolman Travel Book of the Year will be awarded on the evening of July 6th at Hatchards Bookshop in London.Read more
Locus Magazine has announced their 2011 Locus Award-nominees! Look at all this amazing work from Tor and St. Martin's Press:
THE SORCERER'S HOUSE
SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY
Mary Robinette Kowal
THE QUANTUM THIEF
“The Mystery Knight”
George R.R. Martin (WARRIORS)
THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL COLLECTION
Gardner Dozois, ed.
George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds.
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1: 1907-1948: Learning Curve
William H. Patterson, Jr.
Congratulations are also in order for David G. Hartwell, nominated in the Editor category, Tor, nominated in the Publisher category, and Tor.com, nominated in the Magazine category!