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- Awards! The National Book Critics Circle has announced its award winners! These are invariably excellent books, so I will mention them all. Biography: How to Live: Or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell; Poetry: One With Others: [a little book of her days] by C. D. Wright; Criticism: Lyric Poetry and Modern Russia: Russia, Poland, and the West by Clare Cavenaugh; Nonfiction: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson; Autobiography: Half a Life by Darin Strauss; Fiction: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.
- More Awards! The prestigious Story Prize (for short stories) was handed to Anthony Doerr for his collection Memory Wall. Ron Chernow won the American History Book Prize for Washington: A Life. The NAACP Image Awards (celebrating “outstanding achievements and performances by people of color in the arts”) for literature can be found here. The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Awards (for science fiction) has been announced and on it you will find: Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, The Dervish House by Ian McDonald, Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, Generosity by Richard Powers, Declare by Tim Powers (no relation), and Lightborn by Tricia Sullivan.
- If the US Department of Defense does it, then the British Ministry of Defence must follow suit, it seems. Twenty-four thousand copies of Dead Men Risen by Toby Harnden were bought up by the ministry and pulped; an altered version will be published March 17th.
- C. S. Lewis’s translation of The Aeneid has resurfaced, after it was always believed to have been burned in a bonfire. It will be included in the upcoming C. S. Lewis’s Lost Aeneid.
- Flavorwire highlights 10 literary power couples. Can you think of any more? Jim Butcher and Shannon K. Butcher jump to mind straight away, although they might not qualify as a “power” couple in flavorwire’s terms.
- Looks like there will be a third Bridget Jones book! No word yet on possible publication dates though.
- If you have an e-reader, you can now get your e-book e-signed.
- And finally, the Tournament of Books has begun! Here’s the bracket for you to print and hang on your kitchen door:
Here you are, another part of the ABC Staff’s Favorite Reads of the past year. We hope you enjoy reading about what we enjoyed reading the past 12 months, and hopefully we’ll give you some ideas to boot!
Only two on this penultimate list: Tiemen and Aviva. The former discovered the best ever epic fantasy book he ever read, and the latter had no time to add words to titles (as in all the previous years) – but we’re still grateful for the list!
I just want to say a huuuuuuuuuge THANK YOU to all my colleagues for finding time between the Sinterklaas and Christmas madness (add on the EBM madness if they work in Amsterdam) to send in these lists this year, and often their thoughts on what made the books so special. I know it hasn’t been easy to find a minute to spare!
This year we would again love to hear from you what your favorite reads were. Please send us your top 5 (they don’t have to be books published in 2010, just read in 2010). You can mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to include your mailing address so we can send you an ABC gift voucher as a thank you. We’ll publish your lists at the beginning of 2011 so you have all month to mail them in. Thanks to those of you who have already sent in lists!
Under Heaven – Guy Gavriel Kay
The best fantasy epic I have ever read. Set in a fantasy world that is based on eighth century Tang Dynasty China, this is a novel that has it all: intrigue, murder, battles, seductive courtesans and poetry.
The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi
If you like SF that is daring and innovative you really want to read this one.
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
A charming story that is at its best when read aloud. Gaiman has a knack for creating characters and settings that are weird and wonderful at the same time.
Wired for War – P. W. Singer
Remote controlled aeroplanes, robotic limbs and robot soldiers; it’s as if you are reading science-fiction but except that everything that is described is real. In an insightful and inquisitive manner Singer manages to draw a picture of the ongoing effort of integrating robot systems into the U.S. military.
Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth – Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou
One would think that a graphic novel about the discipline of logic and the life of Bertrand Russell could never be exciting. Well Logicomix proves otherwise. Even if you are not into math or history Logicomix is one rollercoaster ride of a story.
1) Columbine – Dave Cullen
3) Refresh: Contemporary Vegan Recipes from the Award-Winning Fresh Restaurants – Ruth Tal and Jennifer Houston
4) Blackstock’s Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant – Gregory L. Blackstock
5) Scientific American MIND Magazine