National Book Awards

Friday, November 20, 2009

The National Book Award winners were announced Wednesday night and much as years in the past I haven't read a single one of the books that were nominated as a matter of fact I haven't even heard of most of them. As a matter of fact Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandinis the only book that I can say for sure that I have even heard of (thank you NPR). That used to make me feel bad but after my stint at Barnes and Noble I now know that even the most avid readers haven't read the books that are nominated for nearly any literary award until they show up on the nominees list.
There are quite a few that look like they would be good to read though so they are going on my To-Read List, like Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook by David M. Carroll in the nonfiction category, The poetry book Speak low by Carl Phillips and the Young People's book Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Hiligman. I guess that is part of what awards are all about not just to recognize literary achievement but also to get the word out to more people about the good books that are out there to read.

See the whole list of winners and nominees by clicking here.

Currently "Reading":
Book - Doctor Who: The Many Hands by Dale Smith
E-Book - A Wife's Guide to In-laws: How to Gain Your Husband's Loyalty Without Killing His Parents by Jenna D. Barry
Audio - Not listening to anything right now.

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