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Each year multiple literary prizes are awarded to recognize the works of great writers. Some of these awards are well known and much anticipated like the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature, while others are lesser known. Here is a list of some of the more popular literary awards given out this year.
The Nobel Prize for Literature was established in 1901 at the bequest of Alfred Nobel (Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator and inventor of dynamite). It is awarded by the Swedish Academy in Sweden "to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction..." (From Alfred Nobel's will).
This year's prize was awarded to Canadian Author Alice Munro. You can find Munro's works in the catalog.
The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to citizens of the UK, the Commonwealth and Ireland and is administered by the Booker Prize Foundation in England. The prize is awarded to the "best novel in the opinion of the judges." This year's prize was awarded to New Zealand Author Eleanor Catton for her book The Luminaries. At 28 years old, Ms. Catton is the youngest author to receive the prize.
The Pulitzer Prizes, established in 1917 at the bequest of Joseph Pulitzer (outstanding newspaper publisher) is administered by Columbia University in New York City. The prizes honor excellence in journalism and the arts. The Pulitzer Prizes for Letters & Drama for this year were awarded for the following works:
- Fiction: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
- Drama: Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
- History: The Embers of War: the fall of an empire and the making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall
- Biography or Autobiography: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
- General Non-fiction: Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys by Gilbert King
- Poetry: Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds
The Edgar Awards (named after the famous son of American literature, Edgar Allan Poe) is presented by the Mystery Writers of America for the best works in Mystery writing.
- Best Novel: Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
- Best First Novel: The Expats by Chris Pavone
- Best Paperback Original: The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters
- Best Fact Crime: Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French
- Best Critical/Biographical: The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O'Brien
- Best Juvenile: The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo
- Young Adult: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Mary Higgins Clark: The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
The Christy Awards was established in 1999 by a group of publishers to "Honor and Promote Excellence in Christian Fiction." The award is named after the first book to receive the award Christy by Catherine Marshall (10 million copies in print).
- Contemporary Romance: The Breath of Dawn by Kirsten Heitzmann
- Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas: You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren
- Contemporary Standalone: Not in the Heart by Chris Fabry
- First Novel: Into the Free by Julie Cantrell
- Historical: Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot
- Historical Romance: Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
- Suspense: Rare Earth by Davis Bunn
- Visionary: Soul's Gate by James L. Rubart
- Young Adult: Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank
The RITA Awards, administered by the Romance Writers of America, was named after the mother-daughter founders of the awards. It was established in 1980 to recognize excellence in Romance Fiction.
- Best First Book Winner: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St James
- Contemporary Single Title Romance: The Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy
- Historical Romance Winner: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
- Inspirational Romance Winner: Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
- Long Contemporary Series Romance Winner: A Gift for All Seasons by Karen Templeton
- Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Winner: The Haunting by Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
- Paranormal Romance Winner: Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole
- Romance Novella Winner: Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James
- Romantic Sustense Winner: Scorched by Laura Griffin
- Short Contemporary Series Romance Winner: A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan
- Young Adult Romance Winner: The Farm by Emily McKay
The Hugo Awards for Science Fiction started in 1955. It is administered by the World Science Fiction Convention. The awards are said to be the most prestigious awards in Science Fiction.
- Best Novel: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
- Best Novella: The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
- Best Short Story: "Mono no Aware", Ken Liu in The Future is Japanese
- Best Graphic Story: Saga, Volume One written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples
National Book Award—stay tuned... winners will be announced on November 20.
You can also explore award winners within our catalog, BiblioCommons.