Don't you love it when a book you adore gets some well deserved recognition? Well, with the recent announcement of the National Book Awards finalists, we've been getting some gratification out of seeing some of our Staff Picks (Redeployment, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, and All the Light We Cannot See) make the list!
The National Book Awards is given to writers by writers in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. As their mission states, the awards serve to "celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America". They also help advance the careers of both emerging and established writers.
And while we're at it, the winner of the Man Booker Prize has also just been announced! The Man Booker prize is given for the best novel of the year, as the changing members of the judging panel choose. While both prizes have been around for quite some time (64 and 45 years of National Book Awards and the Booker, respectively), The Booker only awards fiction and employs people of all careers to be judges, as opposed to the all-writer panels the National Book Award puts together every year.
So, do you see any of your favorite books from this past year? If not, give some of these a try... and maybe they'll soon become your favorites!