Oct 20, 2012
In prestigious literary award news, Hilary Mantel recently won the Man Booker Prize for her novel Bring Up the Bodies, her second novel about the life of Thomas Cromwell. Mantel is only the third author to win the prize twice (she also won it for Wolf Hall--her first novel about Cromwell.) The other two that have won twice are J.M. Coetzee and Peter Carey.
Looking for more award winners? A great place to start is NoveList Plus, a database (that the library subscribes to) that helps you find your next favorite book. NoveList Plus, in addition to providing excellent book recommendations, also keeps a comprehensive list of literary awards and a handy list of the winners.
For example, did you know there's a Shirley Jackson Award? Inaugurated in 2007 to honor the literary legacy of Shirley Jackson, these annual awards are given for "outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic." Perfect reading for this time of year!
This year's winner is Witches on the Road Tonight by Sheri Holman. A summary: His private life shattered amid rumors of his mother's witchcraft activities, Eddie Alley leaves his Depression-era Virginia hometown to begin a television career in New York and finds the past returning years later when he offers shelter to a homeless teen.
Pick up an award winning book tonight!