Monday, March 23, 2009

Hugo Awards

The nominees for the 2009 Hugo Awards have been announced. The Hugo Awards represent the best in the science fiction genre. This year's nominees for best novel are:

Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Saturn's Children by Charles Stross
Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi

Winners will be announced on August 9.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

One-Hit Wonders

From the Times Online, 10 literary one-hit wonders.

Orange Prize for Fiction

The Orange Prize for Fiction longlist has been announced. The Orange Prize honors the best writing in English by a woman of any nationality. Some of the nominees include:

Intuition by Allegra Goodman
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
Home by Marilynne Robinson
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

The shortlist will be announced on April 21 and the winner on June 3.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle Award winners were announced this week.


2666 by Roberto Bolano

General Nonfiction:

The Forever War by Dexter Filkins


The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipul by Patrick French


My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq by Ariel Sabar

All of these titles are available from PCLS.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

American History Book Prize

Drew Gilpin Faust has won the New York Historical Society's fourth annual American History Book Prize for This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. In a departure from other books on the topic, Faust focuses on the aftermath of the Civil War rather than the battle. This Republic of Suffering was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award.

New York Times book review of This Republic of Suffering.
Author interview

This Republic of Suffering is available at PCLS.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Little Bee

Little Bee by Chris Cleave is poised to become the sleeper sensation of the year. Little Bee is the haunting story of an unlikely friendship that forms between two people from completely different worlds--a Nigerian orphan and a British widow. Library Journal says "Book clubs in search of the next Kite Runner need look no further than this astonishing, flawless novel." For more information about the book, click here.

Little Bee is available at PCLS.

Indie Next List

Check out some of the recommendations from independent booksellers in the March Indie Next List.

New Mark Twain!

A collection of 24 previously unpublished Mark Twain stories and essays will be made available to the public this April. The new book, Who Is Mark Twain?, was compiled by the general editor of the Mark Twain Project at the University of California. The Mark Twain Project "offers unfettered, intuitive access to reliable texts, accurate and exhaustive notes, and the most recently discovered letters and documents" from the master storyteller.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Story Prize

Tobias Wolff's 2008 collection of short stories, Our Story Begins, won the Story Prize for short fiction. The two other finalists for the prize were Jhumpa Lahiri for Unaccustomed Earth and Joe Meno for Demons in the Spring. For a list of previous winners and finalists click here.

Our Story Begins and Unaccustomed Earth are both available at PCLS.

Discover Great New Writers

Barnes & Noble's 16th Annual Discover Awards, honoring the best new literary talent of the year, have been announced. Throughout the year, the Discover Great New Writers series highlights both fiction and nonfiction from up-and-coming authors. For the Spring 2009 selections, click here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

April Releases

Place your holds on these upcoming April releases:

A Fortunate Age by Joanna Smith Rakoff (4/1)
Might As Well Laugh About It Now by Marie Osmond (4/7)
Cursed by Carol Higgins Clark (4/7)
Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson (4/7)
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher (4/7)
In Praise of Stay at Home Moms by Laura C. Schlessinger (4/7)
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox (4/7)
Vanished Smile by R. A. Scotti (4/7)
Deen Family Cookbook by Paula Deen (4/7)
A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth (4/14)
Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son by Rupert Isaacson (4/14)
First Family by David Baldacci (4/21)
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith (4/21)
Mr. and Miss Anonymous by Fern Michaels (4/28)