Book Awards Season

Just like every January I look forward to the announcement of the nominations for the Academy Awards, every fall I anticipate the release of the finalists for the many prestigious book awards. The three that I most look forward to are: Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Scotiabank Giller Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first started in 1969, is given to the winner of a book written in English and that has been published in the United Kingdom. In the last two years the award has opened up to writers of any nationality, really diversifying and widening the scope. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is awarded to a Canadian author of a novel or short story, which has been published in English. This year 12 books were chosen from a pool of 168, which is a record for the prize. Even more astounding is the fact that three of them were published locally in Windsor at Biblioasis. Finally, there is the National Book Awards, which is the U.S. equivalent. In a new format, the National Book Award slowly cuts down the list of nominees over several months and rounds.

I’ve read several of those nominated, including Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, which was one of the most beautiful yet heartbreaking books I have ever read. And many more that I wish to read, such as Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, which is increasingly becoming a favourite. One of the more interesting books I read, A Brief History of Seven Killings, about the political world in Jamaica and the assassination attempt on Bob Marley, marks the first time a Jamaican-born author was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. This is a great accomplishment for Marlon James, who wrote a truly intriguing and well-researched novel.

Below you will see the full list of finalists for each award, so click on the link here, to search our catalogue and place all those ones you want to read on hold.

Man Booker Prize for Fiction Shortlist:

  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  • Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
  • The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma
  • The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Scotiabank Giller Prize Long List:

  • Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
  • Arvida by Samuel Archibald (Biblioasis)
  • If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie
  • Outline by Rachel Cusk
  • Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
  • Close to Hugh by Marina Endicott
  • A Beauty by Connie Gault
  • All True Not a Lie In It by Alix Hawley
  • The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman
  • Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill
  • Martin John by Anakana Schofield (Biblioasis)
  • Confidence by Russell Smith (Biblioasis)

National Book Award for Fiction Long List:

  • A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball
  • Refund: Stories by Karen E. Bender
  • Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
  • The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson
  • Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
  • Honeydew by Edith Pearlman
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Mislaid by Nell Zink

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