Bookish News From Around the Globe

I really have to say, what a busy day for awesome books today !

The Orange Prize has announced the shortlist of books as well as the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Awards also listed some books for their shortlist.


  • Emma Donoghue (Irish) – Room; Picador; 7th Novel
  • Aminatta Forna (British/Sierra Leonean) – The Memory of Love; Bloomsbury; 2nd Novel
  • Emma Henderson (British) – Grace Williams Says it Loud; Sceptre; 1st Novel
  • Nicole Krauss (American) – Great House; Viking; 3rd Novel
  • Téa Obreht (Serbian/American) – The Tiger’s Wife; Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st Novel
  • Kathleen Winter (Canadian) – Annabel; Jonathan Cape; 1st Novel

For the Orange Prize, I couldn’t be more excited for two phenomenal Canadian Authors !! Kathleen Winter and Emma Donoghue respectively.  I have to say I adored both of their books immensely, and I am torn between the two books.  The only book I do not have is Grace Williams says it Loud by Emma Henderson.  I guess I have a hunt ahead of me don’t I?





  1. Galore by Michael Crummey (Canadian). Doubleday Canada
  2. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (American). Faber & Faber, HarperCollins, USA
  3. The Vagrants by Yiyn Li (Chinese / American) Random House, USA
  4. Ransom by David Malouf (Australian) Random House Australia
  5. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Irish) Bloomsbury, UK, Random House, USA
  6. Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates (American) Ecco Press, USA
  7. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Australian) Allen & Unwin
  8. Brooklyn by Colm Toibín (Irish) Viking UK, Scribner, USA
  9. Love and Summer by William Trevor (Irish) Viking, UK
  10. After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice by Evie Wyld (Australian) Pantheon Books, USA

I have read a few of these books as well.  I have read Little Bird of Heaven, Let The Great World Spin, and The Lacuna.  I have yet to read the rest of this list.

So, my heartiest congratulations to all of the Authors and their books.  What more could you ask for right?

Is there a book on either list as a favorite?  Are there ones that you are questioning why they have been nominated? Which ones are you going to read, if you are going to read any at all?

It is the beginning of book awards season, are you ready for so many different types of books?  Have you recovered from last years season?



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