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ALA awards Lemony Snicket Prize to Ferguson public librarian
March 26, 2015 | 12:25 pm

The American Library Association has announced the award of the the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity to Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Public Library in Missouri. The award, co-founded by Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket books, and "co-administered by ALA’s Governance Office and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, annually recognizes and honors a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact." Bonner was honored for his work in keeping the Ferguson Public Library open in August 2014 during the riots and other unrest which followed the shooting of unarmed teenager Mike...

Aurealis Awards shortlist shows dark, demented stirrings Down Under
March 1, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Australia: the venue for H.P. Lovecraft's incredible The Shadow Out of Time, for Picnic at Hanging Rock, for Mad Max, but still not always the first place that springs to mind in connection with the futuristic, the fantastic, and the frightful. But perhaps that does poor justice to the Aurealis Awards, established in 1995 "to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers." The Awards recognize achievement in science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and children’s fiction, and "submissions within a category are reviewed by a panel of at least three judges, which selects each year’s finalists...

New literary awards came out of nowhere
February 27, 2015 | 2:25 pm

awardsImagine an American poet and memoirist who never went college but befriended some of the great literary heroes of his generation and then died at the age of 90 with no children as heirs of a huge estate that was worth millions. That would be Donald Windham, who died in 2010 -- some 20 years after the death of his lifelong partner Sandy Campbell -- and asked his lawyers to set up one of the richest literary awards program in the world. Ensorcelled yet? He chose Yale University to run the annual program and he left enough money behind to fund the...

Weekend Links: Konrath on the Amazon debate. What do we want in a smartwatch?
February 22, 2015 | 10:40 am

smartwatchAcademy Awards 2015: Top 10 Works in WorldCat By Oscar Nominees in Five Categories (InfoDocket) More interesting (and fun) “WorldCat Mining” from the team at OCLC Research in a new “What in the WorldCat” post. *** Have We Figured Out What We Want in a Smartwatch Yet? (GigaOM) Next month will be the one-year anniversary of Google’s smartwatch platform introduction. And the month after that will see the Apple Watch ship to its first buyers. *** My Thoughts on Amazon Debate (Joe Konrath) According to those voting in the audience, my side (Amazon is for readers) lost 43% to 50%. According to the online poll, we...

Folio Prize shortlist announced
February 11, 2015 | 2:25 pm

The UK's Folio Prize, which claims to be "the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world," has just announced its shortlist for the 2015 prize. The eight titles on the shortlist are selected by The Folio Prize Academy, "an international group of people, primarily writers and critics, who are immersed in the world of books," which also supplies the five judges for this year's prize. "Sponsored by The Folio Society, celebrated publisher of beautiful editions of the world’s greatest books, the prize recognises the best English-language fiction from around the world, regardless of form, genre...

Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced
February 9, 2015 | 12:25 pm

The preliminary ballot for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards has been announced by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) - and don't be confused by the dating, as the Awards cover the calendar year 2014 but are judged and awarded in 2015. Voting is already open and "our voting members will vote on these Preliminary Ballots, with voting closing on February 15 (only Active and Lifetime Members are eligible to vote)." As the HWA says, it is "the premiere writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with over 1,300 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards® in various categories...

James Herbert Award shortlist horrifies Brits
January 30, 2015 | 10:25 am

Pan Macmillan and the estate of James Herbert have jointly launched the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing, which "aims to discover and publicise a new generation of horror authors working today and celebrate the boldest and most exciting talent in the genre." The Award is being described as the UK's first significant juried award for horror, with a prize of£2,000 ($3,000) and a special statuette - albeit, for the present at least, this is a single-work award for long-form fiction only. According to the official announcement at Pan imprint Tor Books, "the Serendip foundation, who also run the Arthur C....

Weekend Links: Kindle Unlimited and Market Scrying. Payment hardware scrambling
January 18, 2015 | 12:12 pm

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited, Market Scrying, and Sales Cycles (The Digital Reader) Over the past couple months many authors have pointed to Kindle Unlimited and complained that Amazon's 5 month old ebook subscription service is harming their sales, but there is growing evidence that this is not the case. *** The Best-Selling Books of All Time, According to Wikipedia (Book Riot) How many copies do you think the Harry Potter series has sold, total? How many copies of The DaVinci Code do you think have been sold? *** Digital Magazines Now Qualify for the Pulitzer Prize (GoodeReader) The Pulitzer Prize for journalism has now been extended to print...

Time to vote for the This Is Horror Awards 2014
January 8, 2015 | 2:25 pm

This is Horror, the UK horror site and chapbook publisher, has just announced the shortlist and opened voting for the This Is Horror Awards 2014. The Awards, which have been running since 2011, don't include any separate shorter fiction categories, but they do include categories for Short Story Collection of the Year and Anthology of the Year, as well as Novel of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Film of the Year, and TV Series of the Year. As a tribute to the popularity of inking, and for Ray Bradbury fans, there's even a category for Tattoo Artist of the Year. Voting is by email, with a first and second...

Will award shows spotlight studio hacking?
December 28, 2014 | 4:25 pm

award showsOh, what the wonders of technology have wrought! Bright shiny iPads and glistening iPhones, not to mention SnapChat and Twitter. But then,  there are the hackers. The upcoming Golden Globe movie awards and other award shows will certainly be used by presenters and hosts to shine a spotlight on the recent massive international hacking of the Sony Picture Entertainment computer system. But whereas past Golden Globes and Oscars telecasts presented millions of TV viewers worldwide with ribald jokes and trendy selfies, the upcoming awards shows in Hollywood will be watched for the way humor is presented. If nothing else, the Golden Globes and...

Saltire Literary Awards honor Scotland’s best books of 2014
November 15, 2014 | 2:25 pm

The Saltire Society, leading independent promoter of Scottish learning and culture, has just announced the results of its 2014 Saltire Literary Awards, "widely regarded as Scotland’s most prestigious book awards," and the Scottish Book of the Year Award in various categories. The Award categories comprise the Scottish Literary Book of the Year, Scottish First Book of the Year, Scottish Poetry Book of the Year (in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library), Scottish History Book of the Year (in partnership with the Scottish Historical Review Trust), and Scottish Research Book of the Year (in partnership with the National Library of Scotland) - as well as the overall...

UK Goldsmiths Prize goes to Ali Smith
November 14, 2014 | 2:25 pm

The UK's Goldsmiths Prize 2014, managed by Goldsmiths College of the University of London, and "established to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the University and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or opens up new possibilities for the novel form," has gone to Scottish author Ali Smith for her time-spanning, genre-defying novel How to be both, which Kirsty Gunn describes on the Prize shortlist website as "a stunning example of literary inventiveness, idiosyncratic presentation of character and her charming, disarming way with plot." This year, the Prize has also been coordinated with the Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, established...