It’s that time of year where I get to cheer for my favorites! And I’m not talking about baseball teams (sorry, Cardinals fans). I love literary fiction, so every autumn I am giddy with anticipation (and go a little crazy placing books on hold in the library catalog – my nightstand might fall down from the weight of unread books piled on top of it) as book award winners are announced.
Alice Munro, fantastically skilled crafter of the short story, has just won the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2013. If you aren’t familiar with Munro’s work or simply want to revisit her skillful examining of the profound in everyday relationships and events, your library has a number of her short story collections available for check out.
On October 15, the Man Booker Prize winner will be announced. This award goes to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. The shortlist of finalists is an incredibly diverse one that includes NoViolet Bulawayo’s character-driven “We Need New Names,” which has an African immigrant at its center, and the lyrical “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri, set in Calcutta.
Finally, the National Book Awards Committee is poised to announce its shortlist for the year on October 16. Personally, I’m pulling for “Tenth of December” by George Saunders, but the whole list of finalists is fantastic.
For whom are you rooting this literary awards season?