Oh my goodness, the older I get, the harder it is to get into my work rhythm again (thank you Em – I had a fantastic staycation, as the phrase goes)! Still, up and blogging now with a special award issue of the Bookbits. I figured, if the Book World has the temerity to keep coming up with news while I’m on vacation, I’m simply going to dismiss it as Unimportant. Ha! Take that! 🙂
But awards are awards are awards, and always fun to know about, so here are most of the ones I could find from the past month (and off-the-record apologies for any news I will not be mentioning now in order to get a good start on the rest of the blogging year):
- The 2009 Hugo Awards (for science fiction) were handed out in many, many categories. The winner for Best Novel was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; Best Related Book went to Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998 – 2008 by John Scalzi; Best Graphic Story went to Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, written by Kaja and Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright. David Anthony Durham was pronounced the Best New Writer. Also, special ABC Blog mention for the winner of Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, which was the wonderful Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (I tried several times to buy it through iTunes, but they made a fuss about me living over here rather than over there, so I watched all of it on YouTube).
- The Rachel Carson Environment Book Award goes to Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent by Andrew Nikiforuk.
- The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year was won by Mark Billingham for Death Message (something that will surely delight David Young!)
- The 2009 RITA & Golden Heart Awards for Romance were handed out in 22 categories. I’m not going to name them all, but I have to highlight a few: Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson (Best Contemporary Romance), Take No Prisoners by Cindy Gerard (Best Romantic Suspense), Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready (Best Paranormal Romance), and The Edge of Impropriety by Pam Rosenthal (Best Historical Romance).
- No winners yet, but the finalists for the World Fantasy Awards have been announced, so take a look at them over on the Locus Magazine page.
- The 2009 Jean Améry Prize for Essay Writing was awarded to former Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész.
- The Children’s Book Council of Australia awarded their prizes: Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (Older Readers), Perry Angel’s Suitcase by Glenda Millard and illustrated by Stephen Michael King (Younger Readers), How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham (Early Childhood), Collecting Colour by Kylie Dunstan (Picture Book), and Alive in the Death Zone by Lincoln Hall (Book of the Year). Apologies: Australian books are surprisingly hard to get by for us.
- On that note, here are some more Australian awards – maybe I can link to some of these winners! 🙂 The Age Book of the Year Awards went to Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam (Overall winner + Fiction), Down to the Crossroads by Guy Rundle (Non-Fiction), and Better Than God by Peter Porter (Poetry).