AbeBooks' Reading Copy » prize http://www.abebooks.com/blog AbeBooks book blog Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:26:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Giller Prize Longlist for 2014 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/09/16/giller-prize-longlist-2014/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/09/16/giller-prize-longlist-2014/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:42:40 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=21587 The longlist has been announced for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary honour. The Giller Prize was established in 1994 and has been recognizing and rewarding outstanding literary talent ever since to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The prize sees cash being awarded to the winner and each of the four other finalists. This year, the 20th anniversary of the prize, marks a significant increase in prize money, with the winning prize doubling from $50,000 to $100,000, and the finalist prizes doubling from $5,000 to $10,000.


Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

Here is this year’s longlist:

Waiting for the Man by Arjun Basu
The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
American Innovations by Rivka Galchen
Tell by Frances Itani
Watch How We Walk by Jennifer Lovegrove
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
Paradise and Elsewhere by Kathy Page
My October by Claire Holden Rothman
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan

I’m excited to see a title there by Montreal’s Heather O’Neill. O’Neill published her debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals in 2006 to much critical acclaim, and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is her first novel since.

The shortlist will be announced October 6th, and we’ll find out who wins the hundred grand and the winning title on November 10th. Congratulations and good luck to all the longlisted authors.

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Women’s Prize for Fiction Boasts Impressive Longlist for ‘Year of Reading Women’ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/03/11/womens-prize-for-fiction-boasts-impressive-longlist-for-year-of-reading-women/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/03/11/womens-prize-for-fiction-boasts-impressive-longlist-for-year-of-reading-women/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:43:53 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=20826 Reading Copy - Women's Prize for Fiction

Writer Joanna Walsh dubbed 2014 ‘the year of reading women’ when she launched the #readwomen2014 project late last year. The project encourages readers to read books written by female authors, or at the very least, learn about them, and the trend is spreading. American literary journal The Critical Flame will dedicate one year of its review coverage wholly to women writers and writers of color, beginning with their May 2014 issue.  If ever there was a year to read women, this is it. Names like Eleanor Catton, Donna Tartt, Rachel Kushner, Jhumpa Lahiri and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have received a multitude of award nods for their latest works, while Hannah Kent, Anna Quindlen and Elizabeth Gilbert have dominated editors’ picks lists.

The recent surge in attention to women authors is nothing new for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction – they’ve been celebrating excellence in women’s writing since 1996. The expert judges have provided anyone looking for a female-focused reading list with a bumper selection. This year’s longlist features established authors like Margaret Atwood alongside debut novelists like Eimear McBride and M.J. Carter.

Without further adieu, the books of the 2014 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto

The Bear by Claire Cameron

Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter

The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Reasons She Goes to the Woods by Deborah Kay Davies

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

The Flamethrowers Rachel Kushner

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Undertaking Audrey Magee

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Want to read more women? Check out our list of the 75 Greatest Living Female Authors, as chosen by our customers and keen bibliophiles.

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Inaugural Folio Prize Shortlist Announced http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/02/11/inaugural-folio-prize-shortlist-announced/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/02/11/inaugural-folio-prize-shortlist-announced/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:02:00 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=20641 The very first Folio Prize shortlist was announced this week. Launched in March 2013 and sponsored by The Folio Society, the Folio Prize is the first major English language book prize open to authors from around the world.  The prize considers any work of fiction published in the UK regardless of form, genre, or the author’s country of origin.

However, it may be a challenge for the prize to present a unique list of nominees each year. In September 2013 it was announced that the decades-old Man Booker Prize would expand in 2014 to include authors from around the world. The Man Booker was previously limited to authors in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland.

With the Folio Prize being awarded so early in the year, its list will largely be comprised of books that were published during the previous calendar year and may have already been through the traditional end-of-year award season. That being said, only two of eight titles on the Folio’s first shortlist garnered attention during last year’s award season.  Rachel Kushner’s The Flame Throwers and George Saunder’s Tenth of December were both finalists for the National Book Award, though the prize went to James McBride for The Good Lord Bird.

The inaugural Folio Prize will be awarded on March 10th following a two-day fiction festival featuring some of the world’s finest writers and critics, all drawn from The Folio Prize Academy.

The 2014 Folio Prize Shortlist

Red Doc by Anne Carson

Red Doc
by Anne Carson

Schroder by Amity Gaige

by Amity Gaige

Last Friends by Jane Gardam

Last Friends
by Jane Gardam

Benediction by Kent Haruf

by Kent Haruf

The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner

The Flame Throwers
by Rachel Kushner

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
by Eimear McBride

A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava

A Naked Singularity
by Sergio De La Pava

Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tenth of December
George Saunders

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2014 Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Awards Announced http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/01/27/2014-newbery-caldecott-and-printz-awards-announced/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/01/27/2014-newbery-caldecott-and-printz-awards-announced/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:42:19 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=20473 Flora-and-Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is the 2014 winner of the John Newbery Medal, awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Illustrated by K.G. Campbell, DiCamillo’s mash-up of comics, prose, and even poetry, is a high-energy romp about a lonely girl named Flora and her super-hero friend, Ulysses, who happens to be a squirrel.

This year’s winner of the Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book is Locamotive by Brian Floca, a detailed and beautifully illustrated story of 19th century train travel. And the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature went to Marcus Sedgwick’s Midwinterblood, a darkly atmospheric tale encompassing both past and future, told in reverse chronological order.Paperboy

The awards were announced on January 27 at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Philadelphia.

Newbery Award Honor Books:

Doll Bones by Holly Black

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Caldecott Award Honor Books:

Journey by Aaron Becker

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly IdleKingdom-of-Little-Wounds

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

Michael L. Printz Award Honor Books:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

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Short Story Collection Nabs the Giller Prize http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/11/15/short-story-collection-nabs-the-giller-prize/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/11/15/short-story-collection-nabs-the-giller-prize/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:09:23 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=20126 Hellgoing

Lynn Coady was named winner of Canada’s 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize earlier this month for her collection of short stories, Hellgoing.  Now in its 20th year, the Giller Prize recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction.  Previous winners include literary hard-hitters Alice MunroRohinton Mistry, Joseph Boyden, and Michael Ondaatje.

Writers Margaret Atwood, Esi Edugyan, and Jonathan Lethem made up this year’s jury, saying of Hellgoing:

“The eight stories in Lynn Coady’s Hellgoing offer a stupendous range of attitudes, narrative strategies, and human situations, each complete and intricate, creating a world the reader enters as totally as that of a novel, or a dream. Yet the book as a whole is also magically united by Coady’s vivid and iconoclastic language, which brims with keen and sympathetic wit. Whether from the perspective of a writer flailing in the social atmosphere of a professional conference, or a woman trying to extend forgiveness to a lover’s abusive father, Coady offers a worldview full of mournful humour, ready indignation, and vertiginous possibility; the reader feels in the presence of life itself.”

With a review like that, this book is definitely going on our wish list.

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2013 BC Book Prizes Winners http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/06/2013-bc-book-prizes-winners/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/06/2013-bc-book-prizes-winners/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 17:03:27 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=19117 bc-new-historical-atlas

We love the BC Book Prizes here at AbeBooks. Granted, we’re a bit biased, given that we make our headquarters in British Columbia’s capital city (Victoria). But the prizes really are something special, highlighting the best written talent this beautiful province has to offer in seven categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, regional, children’s literature, illustrated children’s literature, and booksellers’ choice. It’s now been 10 years that AbeBooks has been a proud sponsor of the prizes, in the Hubert Evans Award for Non-fiction category, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be along for the ride.

This year’s winners show that talent in Beautiful British Columbia is shining just as brightly as ever:

Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize winner: The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975 by Geoff Meggs, Rod Mickleburgh
From 1972-1975, Premier Dave Barrett and his team passed more legislation in a shorter time than any government before or since. A university or college student graduating today in BC may have been born years after Barrett’s defeat, but could attend a Barrett daycare, live on a farm in Barrett’s Agricultural Land Reserve, be rushed to hospital in a provincial ambulance created by Barrett’s government and attend college in a community institution founded by his government. The continuing polarization of BC politics also dates back to Barrett—the Fraser Institute and the right-wing economic policies it preaches are as much a legacy of the Barrett years as the ALR. Dave Barrett remains a unique and important figure in BC’s history, a symbol of how much can be achieved in government and a reminder of how quickly those achievements can be forgotten.

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize winner: The World by Bill Gaston
A recently divorced, early retiree accidentally burns down his house on the day he pays off the mortgage, only to discover that he’s forgotten to pay his insurance premium. An old friend of his prepares for her suicide to end the pain of esophageal cancer. Her father ends his days in a Toronto facility for Alzheimer’s patients. The three are tied together by their bonds of affection and a book called The World, written by the old man in his youth. The book, possibly biographical, tells the story of a historian who unearths a cache of letters, written in Chinese, in an abandoned leper colony off the coast of Victoria. He and the young Chinese translator fall in love, only to betray each other in the cruellest way possible, each violating what the other reveres most.

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize winner: Geographies of a Lover by Sarah de Leeuw
Drawing inspiration from such works as Pauline Réage’s The Story of O and Marian Engel’s Bear, poet Sarah de Leeuw uses the varied landscape of Canada—from the forests of North Vancouver through the Rocky Mountains, the prairies, and all the way to the Maritimes—to map the highs and lows of an explicit and raw sexual journey, from earliest infatuation to insatiable obsession and beyond.

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize winner: British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas by Derek Hayes
Over 900 maps tell the story of the planners, schemers, gold seekers and fur traders who built BC. When gold was discovered in quantity in 1858, leading to the gold rush that created BC, the interior of the province was mostly unknown except for the routes blazed by fur traders. Thirteen years later, BC became a province of Canada, and a transcontinental railway was built to connect the land west of the Rocky Mountains with the rest of the country. The efforts of these explorers, fur traders, gold seekers and railway builders involved the production of maps that showed what they had found and what they proposed to do—the plans and the strategies that created the province we know today. Master map historian Derek Hayes continues his renowned Historical Atlas Series with a richly rewarding treasure trove, bringing to light the dramatic history of BC.

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize winner: Middle of Nowhere by Caroline Adderson
When his mother doesn’t return from her all-night job at the local gas bar, Curtis must keep her absence a secret and look after himself and his five-year old brother, Artie. He knows exactly what will happen if any of the teachers find out the truth. He remembers his last foster home all too clearly. But when it all becomes too much for him to handle, Curtis and Artie befriend Mrs. Burt, the cranky, lonely old lady across the street. When the authorities start to investigate, Mrs. Burt and the boys abscond to her remote cabin by the lake. At the lake, the boys’ days are filled with wood-chopping, outhouse-building, fishing, swimming and Mrs. Burt’s wonderful cooking. But then the weather grows colder, and Mrs. Burt seems to be preparing to spend the winter at the cabin. Have they really all just absconded to the lake for a summer holiday? Or have the two boys been kidnapped?

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize winner: Maggie’s Chopsticks by Alan Woo Poor Maggie struggles to master her chopsticks — it seems nearly everyone around the dinner table has something to say about the “right” way to hold them! But when Father reminds her not to worry about everyone else, Maggie finally gets a grip on an important lesson.

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award winner: Making Headlines: 100 Years of The Vancouver Sun by Shelley Fralic, with research by Kate Bird
This book is a celebration of The Vancouver Sun‘s first 100 years. It tells the story of Vancouver and the world through the eyes of a newspaper. Decade by decade, it provides fascinating stories from the sinking of the Titanic (just two months after its first issue), through wars, riots, parades, Royal visits and the Olympic Games. Filled with stunning images shot by The Sun‘s award winning photographers, it celebrates all that the newspaper has been, all that it is and all that it will continue to be as The Sun continues to offer all of us that first draft of history.

The winners were announced at a gala dinner at Government House in Victoria on May 4th. Congratulations to the winners, and to all the nominees.

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English PEN Auction at Sotheby’s: A Booklover’s Dream Collection http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/03/english-pen-auction-at-sothebys-a-booklovers-dream-collection/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/03/english-pen-auction-at-sothebys-a-booklovers-dream-collection/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=19103

Our friends at English PEN, an organization devoted to literary freedom, are staging an exciting event later this month when 50 modern first editions are to be auctioned. However, these are no ordinary first editions. All the books have been annotated, usually at length and in great detail, by their authors specially for the ‘First Editions, Second Thoughts’ auction.

Many famous authors have added annotations, commentary or illustrations, including Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Alan Bennett, William Boyd, Margaret Drabble, Helen Fielding, Nadine Gordimer, David Hare, Seamus Heaney, Kazuo Ishiguro, Howard Jacobson, Ian McEwan, Michael Morpurgo, J.K. Rowling, Lionel Shriver, Ralph Steadman, Tom Stoppard and Jeanette Winterson.

The authors have explained their inspiration for characters and scenes, added background information, context, and details about why plots took a particular turn.

J.K. Rowling added annotations on 43 pages of a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (yes, a real first edition, first printing – one of the 500 from the initial Bloomsbury print run). Rowling’s annotations include 22 illustrations and 1100 words.

Hilary Mantel added annotations on 123 pages of a Wolf Hall first edition, which included 2,650 words.

DBC Pierre added annotations on 188 pages of a first edition of Vernon God Little, which included illustrations on 57 pages and about 3,400 words.

Julian Barnes added annotations on 68 pages of a Metroland first edition, worth about 2,300 words.

Ralph Steadman added new illustrations on 55 pages of a first edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, including 14 full page and four double page ink drawings across the text and rear end-pages. He also added two portraits of Hunter S. Thompson, the book’s author.

I could go on and on. Here’s the full list.

The auction takes place at 7:30pm on Tuesday, May 21st at Sotheby’s in London. The books can be viewed on Monday May 20th and on the day of the sale from 9am to 4:30pm. All proceeds will benefit English PEN. To attend the auction, order a printed catalogue, or arrange a telephone bid, contact Sotheby’s.

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Adam Johnson wins 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/04/15/adam-johnson-wins-2013-pulitzer-prize-for-fiction/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/04/15/adam-johnson-wins-2013-pulitzer-prize-for-fiction/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:26:16 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=19015 The Orphan Masters Son by Adam JohnsonThis afternoon The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  The book was described by the committee as an “exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.”

The Orphan Master’s Son is only Johnson’s third novel (after Emporium and Parasites like Us) but he has also published a number of short stories which have appeared in Harper’s, Esquire and various Reviews.  In addition to today’s Pulitzer prize Johnson has previously won the Debut Writer of the Year from Amazon.com in 2002, and was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Arts.

As with most Pulitzer Prize winning books, sales for The Orphan Master’s Son are expected to climb in coming days.  AbeBooks.com has already seen a spike in the sale of signed copies of The Orphan Master’s Son on AbeBooks.com directly after the award was announced this afternoon.

Other finalists for the Fiction prize were  What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank  by Nathan Englander and The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. In other awards Sharon Olds won the poetry award for her collection Stag’s Leap and Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King was given the non-fiction prize.

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Finalists of the 2013 BC Book Prizes http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/03/18/finalists-of-the-2013-bc-book-prizes/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/03/18/finalists-of-the-2013-bc-book-prizes/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:40:41 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=18634

We love the BC Book Prizes here at AbeBooks. Granted, we’re a bit biased, given that we make our headquarters in British Columbia’s capital city (Victoria). But the prizes really are something special, highlighting the best written talent this beautiful province has to offer in seven categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, regional, children’s literature, illustrated children’s literature, and booksellers’ choice.

It’s now been 10 years that AbeBooks has been a proud sponsor of the prizes, in the Hubert Evans Award for Non-fiction category, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be along for the ride. A few years back I was lucky enough to attend the awards gala and dinner, and had such a memorable evening. Being in a room with so much talent and creativity is inspiring and humbling.

If you’re wondering who Hubert Evans was, he was born in 1892, and actually began his life in Ontario, not British Columbia, but moved to this province, in Roberts Creek, BC, in his early adulthood. Margaret Laurence called him “the elder of our tribe”. He was a Quaker, an avid outdoorsman, and a prolific writer. In the 70 active years of his career, he completed no fewer than 200 short stories, as well as several novels, plays, books of poetry and more, before his death in 1986. He is remembered and revered among writers, in BC, the rest of Canada, and beyond. That’s him pictured at left, on the cover of his biography: Hubert Evans: The First Ninety-Three Years by Alan Twigg.


Here are the finalists for the 2013 BC Book Prizes, in the non-fiction and fiction categories:

Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975 by Geoff Meggs, Rod Mickleburgh

Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop by Carol Shaben

Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa

The Light through the Trees: Reflections on Land and Farming by Luanne Armstrong

Pinboy by George Bowering

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

Floating Like the Dead by Yasuko Thanh

Gay Dwarves of America by Anne Fleming

Malarky by Anakana Schofield

Psychology and Other Stories by C.P. Boyko

The World by Bill Gaston

The winners of all seven categories will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Government House in Victoria. Congratulations and best of luck to all the finalists!

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Marjorie Celona Interview http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2012/10/25/marjorie-celona-interview/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2012/10/25/marjorie-celona-interview/#comments Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:20:28 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=17659 Marjorie Celona – if you haven’t heard the name before, remember you heard it here first, because she is going places. The Victoria, British Columbia-born author is on a launch tour for her debut novel right now. Simply titled Y, the novel has already generated all kinds of literary buzz, earned legions of devoted fans, and been nominated for the Giller Prize.

It tells the story of Shannon, born to a mother in the midst of turmoil and subsequently left behind at the door of the YMCA, where a man is quietly watching from his vehicle. The story is gripping from the get-go, and very hard to put down, as readers and critics far and wide have agreed.

Just 31 years old, one might expect Celona to be head-in-the-clouds giddy with all the attention, but she remains firmly rooted to the ground and down-to-Earth. We got to catch up with her and hear all about her sense of belonging, growing up on Vancouver Island, her favorite books, and how it is essential to work with a dog at (or on) one’s feet. Read on for an interview with Marjorie Celona.

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