book awards

CILIP Carnegie Greenaway Shortlist Announced Today!

CILIP Carnegie AwardThe CILIP Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenway Medal shortlists for 2013 have just been announced and the former includes award winning Irish writer of both adult and children's books, Roddy Doyle. 

The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually, was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919). Carnegie set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world. The Award is the oldest accolade for children's writing in the UK.

The Carnegie Medal shortlist is as follows (with links to library catalogue where title is in stock):

Costa Book Awards 2012 Category Winners Announced!

Bring up the BodiesUpdate (29 Jan): Hilary Mantel announced as overall winner! (see comment below) 

For the first time ever, a female winner features in every category of the 2012 Costa Book Awards. The category winners were announced today, Thursday, 3rd January.

The winners in the different categories are as follows:-

Hilary Mantel wins the Novel Award with 'Bring up the Bodies', the book that won her the Man Booker prize back in October. She therefore becomes the first author to win both the Costa Novel Award and the Booker Prize in the same year. 'Bring up the Bodies' is the sequel to 'Wolf Hall' and part of a trilogy, and in it Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

Irish Book Award Winners Announced

A Week in WinterThe winners of the seventh Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards were announced last night in the RDS in Dublin. It was wonderful to see the late Maeve Binchy win the Popular Fiction prize for her last book, 'A Week in Winter', which she had just finished writing a matter of weeks before her sad passing in late July. Her husband Gordon Snell was on hand to receive her award.

Other winners were:-

Literary Award Longlist Announced

Longlist AnnouncementThe longlist of books nominated for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award was announced today, Monday, 12th November. With 154 books, nominated by libraries in 120 cities, in 44 countries, in 19 languages, it's the most international of literary awards.

Right: Dublin City Librarian, Margaret Hayes, and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Naoise Ó Muirí, Patron of the Award (click to view larger image).

Eight novels by Irish authors are among the 154 books that have been nominated. Nominations also include 43 American, 22 British and 12 Canadian novels, as well as 42 books translated into English.

Irish Author wins Crime Novel of the Year Award!

The RageIrish novelist and newspaper columnist Gene Kerrigan was last night announced as the winner of the Crime Writers' Association's (CWA) Gold Dagger for crime novel of the year in the UK for his fourth novel, 'The Rage'. 'The Rage' is set in the backstreets of Dublin, and intertwines the stories of professional thief Vincent Naylor, just out of jail and planning a new robbery, and detective Bob Tidey, investigating the murder of a banker.

According to a report in the Guardian newspaper, judges described 'The Rage' as 'a complex noir thriller that's multi-layered and solidly written, with great style and pace'.

Mantel wins Man Booker!

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary MantelHilary Mantel has became the first British author, and the first woman, to win the Man Booker Prize twice. 'Bring Up The Bodies' beat five other shortlisted titles including the favourite, Will Self’s 'Umbrella'.

In 'Bring up the Bodies', sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning 'Wolf Hall' and part of a trilogy, Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

The award judges described the winning title as a "remarkable" book that "transcends the work already written by a great English writer".

A Band of Authors, musical writers and literary musicians

Atomised There is a band you have probably never heard of called The Rock Bottom Remainders. However you will probably know a few of the members pretty well. Stephen King, Amy Tan and Mitch Albom to name a few. They got their name from a publishing term "remainders" which is left over stock of titles which are sold off at discount prices. All proceeds from their gigs and recordings go to charity. Another novelist who has turned the pen to music is Michel Houellebecq. His novel 'Atomised' won the International IMPAC Dublin literary Award in 2002. He released a single called Le Film Du Dimanche (The Sunday Film). It has been likened to Gainsbourg and Jack Brel, a huge compliment!

'A Monster Calls' - double award winning book that everyone should read.

It's being billed as 'an historic moment in children's literature', as Patrick Ness wins the CILIP Carnegie Medal for his novel 'A Monster Calls' (Walker Books). Patrick also won last year for 'Monsters of Men' the third book in his 'Chaos Walking' trilogy (a feat only achieved once before by Peter Dickinson in 1979/80). Uniquely, 'A Monster Calls' has also been awarded the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration - the prize going to Jim Kay for his haunting illustrations that perfectly match the mood and subject of the novel.

Book Cover and Author Photograph L.- R. Patrick Ness & Jim Kay  book cover and illustrator photograph

As a huge fan of this book myself, I set my Book Club to reading it some months ago. They are an open-minded group and accepted my recommendation of this 'children's book' with good grace. Any expectations they had harboured of an 'easy read' were soon abandoned as they became engrossed in this challenging and emotionally mature exploration of grief, bereavement, fear and the consolations of family relationships that are 'good enough'. The overall verdict from our Book Club? - 'Everyone should read this book.' Seems like the CILIP judging panel agreed.

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Win all TEN shortlisted books of the 2012 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award!!!

To celebrate the 2012 winner announcement on June 13 we are giving away 10 full sets of the shortlisted titles.

Kingdom of Heaven

The Cold Eye of Heaven by Christine Dwyer HickeyChristine Dwyer Hickey has won the Kerry Group Novel of the Year for Cold Eye of Heaven. Hickey's novel triumphed over a strong shortlist featuring Belinda McKeon, Anne Enright, Carlo Gebler and Kevin Barry. 

Cold Eye of Heaven is the warm and poignant tale of Farley, an old man living in Dublin, looking back over his life. It is an intimate story of one man and his hometown as they grow up through the 20th century. "This is Dwyer Hickey's most achieved, taut and nuanced novel to date." Irish Independent review.