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Awards Roundup

The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder…could it be awards season?

Gilles Leroy has won the Goncourt for his novel about Zelda Fitzgerald, Alabama Song (“French awards deliver twin surprise,” Guardian):

According to Leroy, the prize is also an honour for Zelda.

“This prize is also for her,” he said, “who was sacrificed, and never recognised for her own talents.”

“I love people with extreme desires,” he continued, “and this is what marks them out, this force of desire, this wish for freedom.”

(And Daniel Pennac won the Renaudot for his memoir, Chagrins d’École, but I don’t cover the Renaudot. I wish I were a Francophile but I don’t speak the language.)

Junot Diaz has won the Sargent Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which, if you can believe it, is a first novel (“Diaz Wins Sargent First Novel Prize,” by Kimberly Maul, Book Standard). The runners-up included some other newsmakers:

Ehud Havazelet (Bearing the Body), Mischa Berlinski (Fieldwork), Jon Clinch (Finn), Daniel Alarcon (Lost City Radio), Nathan Englander (The Ministry of Special Cases) and Austin Grossman (Soon I Will Be Invincible).

Gene Wolfe’s Soldier of Sidon has won Best Novel at the World Fantasy Awards, and Salon Fantastique has won Best Anthology.

Conrad Williams’ The Unblemished has won the International Horror Guild Award for Best Novel (take that, Stephen King!) (“Aussie writer wins world horror award,” by Gary Kemble, ABC News Australia). Says the author:

“The World Fantasy Awards, the Hugos, the Stokers and the IHG Awards, sometimes the Nebulas, are important benchmarks. I am over the moon about this, absolutely chuffed!”

(The Unblemished has not yet been published on these shores.)

And a truly astounding number of writers have seen their works become USA Book News “Best Books.” Not to take anything away from the winner of the Animals/Pets: Novelty division.

Hmm…isn’t there a really big book award coming up soon?

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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