Book Awards

2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

Early this morning at the Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the American Library Association announced the 2017 Youth Media Awards to a cheering crowd. Like so many others, I was at home, watching the ceremony on my laptop, dribbling toast crumbs onto my cat. (You too can be this glamorous if you just try a little bit […]

Colson Whitehead and Matthew Desmond Awarded the 2017 Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Colson Whitehead and Matthew Desmond Awarded the 2017 Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced tonight at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference in Atlanta. The winners are The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, for excellence in fiction, and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond, for excellence in nonfiction. Read the Booklist reviews of the winners […]

MARCH: BOOK THREE Wins 2017 Walter Dean Myers Award

MARCH: BOOK THREE Wins 2017 Walter Dean Myers Award

We Need Diverse Books has announced the winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature–Young Adult Category: March: Book Three, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell. The committee also recognized three honorees: Watched, by Marina Budhos, If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo, and The Sun Is Also a […]

2017 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

2017 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

This morning, the Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, intended to honor “the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016.” The award ceremony will be held on April 27. Until then, here’s a list of nominated titles, linked to their Booklist reviews. For a complete […]

National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists 2016

National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists 2016

This morning, the National Book Critics Circle announced this year’s finalists in all categories, as well as the winners of the John Leonard Prize for first books (Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing), the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award (Margaret Atwood), and the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing (Michelle Dean). Here’s the complete list of the NBCC Award […]

Sydney Taylor and National Jewish Book Awards Announced

Sydney Taylor and National Jewish Book Awards Announced

It was a big day for Jewish book awards yesterday. The Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of the annual Sydney Taylor Book Award, intended to honor “books for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.” Meanwhile, the Jewish Book Council announced the winners of the 2016 National […]

The Carnegie Interviews: Matthew Desmond

The Carnegie Interviews: Matthew Desmond

Please enjoy our series of interviews with each of the finalists for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. For your chance to win a copy of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, follow @bookistreader on Twitter and tweet the link to this interview by 2pm CST tomorrow (December 22, 2016) using […]

The Carnegie Interviews: Patricia Bell-Scott

The Carnegie Interviews: Patricia Bell-Scott

Please enjoy our series of interviews with each of the finalists for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. For your chance to win a copy of The Firebrand and the First Lady, follow @bookistreader on Twitter and tweet the link to this interview by noon CST tomorrow (December 20, 2016) using the hashtag […]

The Carnegie Interview: Colson Whitehead

The Carnegie Interview: Colson Whitehead

Please enjoy our series of interviews with each of the finalists for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. For your chance to win a copy of The Underground Railroad, follow @bookistreader on Twitter and tweet the link to this interview by midnight CST on Sunday, December 18, 2016, using the hashtag #Carnegie2017giveaway. We’ll […]

The Carnegie Interviews: Patrick Phillips

The Carnegie Interviews: Patrick Phillips

Please enjoy our series of interviews with each of the finalists for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. For your chance to win a copy of Blood at the Root, follow @bookistreader on Twitter and tweet the link to this interview by midnight CST tonight (December 15, 2016) using the hashtag #Carnegie2017giveaway. We’ll […]