Category: "Books: General"

2012 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

September 13th, 2012

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction (from the UK, Ireland, and the Commonwealth). One of the world’s most prestigious awards, and one of incomparable influence, it continues to be the pinnacle of ambition for every fiction writer. It has the power to transform the fortunes of authors, and even publishers. In 2004, not only did Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty reach the bestseller lists, but previous winners The Life of Pi (2002) and Vernon God Little (2003) were also amongst the bestselling books of the year.

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

The Lighthouse by Alison Moore

Umbrella by Will Self

Narcopolis Jeet Thayil

2012 Man Booker Prize Longlist

August 28th, 2012

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction (from the UK, Ireland, and the Commonwealth). One of the world’s most prestigious awards, and one of incomparable influence, it continues to be the pinnacle of ambition for every fiction writer. It has the power to transform the fortunes of authors, and even publishers. In 2004, not only did Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty reach the bestseller lists, but previous winners The Life of Pi (2002) and Vernon God Little (2003) were also amongst the bestselling books of the year.

The Yips by Nicola Barker

The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman

Philida by André Brink

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Skios by Michael Frayn

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

The Lighthouse by Alison Moore

Umbrella by Will Self

Narcopolis Jeet Thayil

Communion Town by Sam Thompson

2012 Edgar Award Winners

May 1st, 2012
Edgar Awards

Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre...

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce ... the Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced.
- Mysterywriters.org

- Best Novel -
The Ranger by Ace Atkins
WINNER! Gone by Mo Hayder
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
1222 by Anne Holt
Field Gray by Philip Kerr

- Best First Novel -
Red on Red by Edward Conlon
Last to Fold by David Duffy
All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen
WINNER! Bent Road by Lori Roy
Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder

- Best Paperback Original -
WINNER! The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle
The Dog Sox by Russell Hill
Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley
Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis

- Best Fact Crime -
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins
The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge by T.J. English
WINNER! Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender by Steve Miller
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposte by Mark Seal

- Best Critical/Biographical -
The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer & John-Henri Holmberg
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making by John Curran
WINNER! On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda
Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film by Philippa Gates
Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds and Marnie by Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick

- Best Short Story -
"Marley’s Revolution" by John C. Boland
"Tomorrow’s Dead" by David Dean
"The Adakian Eagle" by Bradley Denton
"Lord John and the Plague of Zombies" by Diana Gabaldon
"The Case of Death and Honey" by Neil Gaiman
WINNER! "The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train” by Peter Turnbull

- Best Juvenile -
Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger
It Happened on a Train by Mac Barnett
Vanished by Sheela Chari
WINNER! Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

- Best Young Adult -
Shelter by Harlan Coben
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
WINNER! The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall
The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines
Kill You Last by Todd Strasser

- Best Play -
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club by Jeffrey Hatcher
WINNER! The Game's Afoot by Ken Ludwig

- Best TV Episode -
"Innocence" - Blue Bloods by Siobhan Byrne O’Connor
"The Life Inside" - Justified by Benjamin Cavell
"Part 1" - Whitechapel by Ben Court & Caroline Ip
WINNER! "Pilot" - Homeland by Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff
"Mask" - Law & Order: SVU by Speed Weed

- Mary Higgins Clark Award -
Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick
WINNER! Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry
Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely

2012 Edgar Nominees

March 6th, 2012
Edgar Awards

Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre...

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce ... the Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced.
- Mysterywriters.org

- Best Novel -
The Ranger by Ace Atkins
Gone by Mo Hayder
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
1222 by Anne Holt
Field Gray by Philip Kerr

- Best First Novel -
Red on Red by Edward Conlon
Last to Fold by David Duffy
All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen
Bent Road by Lori Roy
Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder

- Best Paperback Original -
The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle
The Dog Sox by Russell Hill
Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley
Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis

- Best Fact Crime -
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins
The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge by T.J. English
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender by Steve Miller
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposte by Mark Seal

- Best Critical/Biographical -
The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer & John-Henri Holmberg
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making by John Curran
On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda
Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film by Philippa Gates
Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds and Marnie by Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick

- Best Short Story -
"Marley’s Revolution" by John C. Boland
"Tomorrow’s Dead" by David Dean
"The Adakian Eagle" by Bradley Denton
"Lord John and the Plague of Zombies" by Diana Gabaldon
"The Case of Death and Honey" by Neil Gaiman
"The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train” by Peter Turnbull

- Best Juvenile -
Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger
It Happened on a Train by Mac Barnett
Vanished by Sheela Chari
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

- Best Young Adult -
Shelter by Harlan Coben
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall
The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines
Kill You Last by Todd Strasser

- Best Play -
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club by Jeffrey Hatcher
The Game's Afoot by Ken Ludwig

- Best TV Episode -
"Innocence" - Blue Bloods by Siobhan Byrne O’Connor
"The Life Inside" - Justified by Benjamin Cavell
"Part 1" - Whitechapel by Ben Court & Caroline Ip
"Pilot" - Homeland by Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff
"Mask" - Law & Order: SVU by Speed Weed

- Mary Higgins Clark Award -
Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick
Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry
Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely

2011 Man Booker Prize Winner

October 19th, 2011

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction (from the UK, Ireland, and the Commonwealth). One of the world’s most prestigious awards, and one of incomparable influence, it continues to be the pinnacle of ambition for every fiction writer. It has the power to transform the fortunes of authors, and even publishers. In 2004, not only did Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty reach the bestseller lists, but previous winners The Life of Pi (2002) and Vernon God Little (2003) were also amongst the bestselling books of the year.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

2011 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

September 7th, 2011

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction (from the UK, Ireland, and the Commonwealth). One of the world’s most prestigious awards, and one of incomparable influence, it continues to be the pinnacle of ambition for every fiction writer. It has the power to transform the fortunes of authors, and even publishers.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

2011 Man Booker Prize Longlist

July 27th, 2011

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction (from the UK, Ireland, and the Commonwealth). One of the world’s most prestigious awards, and one of incomparable influence, it continues to be the pinnacle of ambition for every fiction writer. It has the power to transform the fortunes of authors, and even publishers. In 2004, not only did Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty reach the bestseller lists, but previous winners The Life of Pi (2002) and Vernon God Little (2003) were also amongst the bestselling books of the year.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry

Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards

The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness

Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

Far to Go Alison Pick

The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers

Derby Day by D.J. Taylor

2011 Edgar Winners

May 2nd, 2011
Edgar Awards

Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre...

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce ... the Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2010.
- Mysterywriters.org

- Best Novel -
Caught by Harlan Coben
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
WINNER! The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

- Best First Novel -
WINNER! Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva
The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron
The Serialist: A Novel by David Gordon
Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
Snow Angels by James Thompson

- Best Paperback Original -
WINNER! Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard
The News Where You Are by Catherine O'Flynn
Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski
Vienna Secrets by Frank Tallis
Ten Little Herrings by L.C. Tyler

- Best Fact Crime -
WINNER! Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry
The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in Jim Crow South by Alex Heard
Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery by Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz
Hellhound on his Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr and the International Hunt for his Assassin by Hampton Sides
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr

- Best Critical/Biographical -
The Wire: Truth Be Told by Rafael Alvarez
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Steven Doyle and David A. Crowder
WINNER! Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendezvouz with American History by Yunte Huang
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner

- Best Short Story -
WINNER! "The Scent of Lilacs" by Doug Allyn
"The Plot" by Jeffery Deaver
"A Good Safe Place" by Judith Green
"Monsieur Alice is Absent" by Stephen Ross
"The Creative Writing Murders" by Edmund White

- Best Juvenile -
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon
WINNER! The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler
The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee
Griff Carver: Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg
The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman by Ben H. Winters

- Best Young Adult -
The River by ary Jane Beaufrand
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando
WINNER! The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

- Best Play -
WINNER! The Psychic by Sam Bobrick
The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein
The Fall of the House by Robert Ford

- Best TV Episode -
WINNER! "Episide 1" - Luther by Neil Cross
"Episode 4" - Luther by Neil Cross
"Full Measure" - Breaking Bad by Vince Gilligan
"No Mas" - Breaking Bad by Vince Gilligan
"The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat" - Damages by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler & Daniel Zelman

- Mary Higgins Clark Award -
Wild Penance by Sandi Ault
Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
Down River by Karen Harper
WINNER! The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
Live to Tell by Wendy Corsi Staub

Books

April 13th, 2011

My love affair with books is secret to some, well known to others. I do not try to hide it, in fact I embrace it.

The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.
- Henry James

There are no words to describe the feeling of holding a book, breathing the air filled with the staleness of paper.

2011 Edgar Nominees

March 23rd, 2011
Edgar Awards

Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre...

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce ... the Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2010.
- Mysterywriters.org

- Best Novel -
Caught by Harlan Coben
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

- Best First Novel -
Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva
The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron
The Serialist: A Novel by David Gordon
Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
Snow Angels by James Thompson

- Best Paperback Original -
Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard
The News Where You Are by Catherine O'Flynn
Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski
Vienna Secrets by Frank Tallis
Ten Little Herrings by L.C. Tyler

- Best Fact Crime -
Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry
The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in Jim Crow South by Alex Heard
Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery by Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz
Hellhound on his Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr and the International Hunt for his Assassin by Hampton Sides
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr

- Best Critical/Biographical -
The Wire: Truth Be Told by Rafael Alvarez
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Steven Doyle and David A. Crowder
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendezvouz with American History by Yunte Huang
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner

- Best Short Story -
"The Scent of Lilacs" by Doug Allyn
"The Plot" by Jeffery Deaver
"A Good Safe Place" by Judith Green
"Monsieur Alice is Absent" by Stephen Ross
"The Creative Writing Murders" by Edmund White

- Best Juvenile -
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler
The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee
Griff Carver: Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg
The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman by Ben H. Winters

- Best Young Adult -
The River by ary Jane Beaufrand
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando
The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

- Best Play -
The Psychic by Sam Bobrick
The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein
The Fall of the House by Robert Ford

- Best TV Episode -
"Episide 1" - Luther by Neil Cross
"Episode 4" - Luther by Neil Cross
"Full Measure" - Breaking Bad by Vince Gilligan
"No Mas" - Breaking Bad by Vince Gilligan
"The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat" - Damages by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler & Daniel Zelman

- Mary Higgins Clark Award -
Wild Penance by Sandi Ault
Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
Down River by Karen Harper
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
Live to Tell by Wendy Corsi Staub