Awards Roundup: An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

Covering book awards is sometimes like trying to find a snack in the pantry after not visiting the grocery store for a few weeks. But this month has been a trip-to-Costco-with-a-minivan kind of month for book awards. From the Pulitzer, to the Orion Book Awards, to short-list announcements for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the RITA Awards,  and the Hugo Awards, we’ve got a fully stocked larder of exceptional books to read. So, crack open a brand new super-sized barrel of pretzel nuggets and dig in to these award winners!

The L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced this week. Did you notice that our Senior Editor, Donna Seaman, and Book Ends blogger, Cindy Dobrez (read about her experiences at the L.A. Time Book Festival here!) were on the selection committee?

Biography
Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned
, by John A. Farrell

Current Interest
Thinking Fast and Slow
, by Daniel Kahneman

Fiction
Luminarium
,
by Alex Shakar

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
Shards
, by Ismet Prcic

Graphic Novel
Finder: Voice
, by Carla Speed McNeil

History
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
, by Richard White

Mystery/Thriller
11/22/1963
, by Stephen King

Poetry
Double Shadow: Poems
, by Carl Phillips

Science & Technology
Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius
, by Sylvia Nasar

Young Adult
The Big Crunch
, by Pete Hautman

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

W. S. Di Piero was awarded the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for a lifetime achievement in poetry.

The Indies Choice Awards, given to titles “reflecting the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide”, and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, “which reflect the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White’s collection of beloved books,” were announced in early April. Find more information about the awards, as well as the honorable mentions, in the press release.

Adult Fiction
The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides

Adult Nonfiction
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, by Gabrielle Hamilton

Adult Debut
The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht

Young Adult
Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys

E.B. White Read-Aloud Award—Middle Reader (tie)
The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy and illustrated by Ian Schoenherr
Wildwood, by Colin Meloy and illustrated by Carson Ellis

E.B. White Read-Aloud Award—Picture Book
I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen

The American Society of Journalists and Authors announced the winners for their 2012 writing awards. Here are the Outstanding Book Award winners. Click through to the press release to find honorable mentions and Outstanding Article Awards.

General Nonfiction
Running Away to Home, by Jennifer Wilson

Service/Self Help
Naked at Our Age, by Joan Price

Memoir/Autobiography
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, by Kathleen Flinn

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