The Andrew Carnegie Medals for excellence in fiction and nonfiction will be announced on June 30 in Chicago. Winners will receive $5,000, and the four finalists will receive $1,500 each.
The finalists in fiction are Louise Erdrich for "The Round House"; Junot Diaz for "This is How You Lose Her" (and those two met mano-a-mano once before, for the National Book Award, and we all know who won); and Richard Ford for "Canada."
In nonfiction, the finalists are "The Mansion of Happiness," by Jill Lepore, "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher," by Timothy Egan, and "Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic," by David Quammen.
Here are Strib reviews of four of the six finalists:
Laird Hunt's novel, "Kind One," published last fall by Minneapolis' Coffee House Press, has won a 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Hunt will be honored in September in Cleveland, Ohio, along with the four other winners--Andrew Solomon, for "Far From the Tree"; Kevin Powers for "The Yellow Birds"; Eugenia Gloria for "My Favorite Warlord"; and Wole Solyinka for "The Man Died."
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award was established in 1935 to honor books that make important contributions to understanding racism and diversity.
This is just the latest in a string of impressive awards Coffee House has received. In April, Ben Lerner (author of "Leaving the Atocha Station") and Anne Waldman, who has published many collections of poetry with Coffee House over the years, were both named Guggenheim Fellows.
Lerner's novel was also named runner-up for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
And, as previously reported here, "Kind One" and T. Geronimo Johnson's "Hold it 'Til it Hurts" were both finalists for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award.
Want to know more about these books? Here are the Strib reviews:
Healy tied with Cincinnati, Ohio, writer Marjorie Celona, author of "Y"; they each win $1,000.
The top winner was Christopher Hebert of Nashville, Tenn., who will win $2,000 for his novel, "The Boiling Season."
The awards ceremony will be in Chicago on May 10.
The winner of the second annual Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry is Wisconsin poet Rebecca Dunham, who teaches at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
The prize for her unpublished manuscript, "Glass Armonica," is $10,000 and publication this December by Milkweed Editions.
Dunham, who lives in Bayside, Wis., is the author of "The Miniature Room" and "The Flight Cage." Her poetry has appeared in The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, AGNI, and other literary journals.
Finalists for this year's prize were Michael Bazzett of Minneapolis, Oliver Bendorf of Madison, Wis., Amy McCann of Minneapolis, and Angela Voras-Hills of Madison.
The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for poetry was established by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation. The finalists are selected by Milkweed editors, and the winner this year was chosen by G.C. Waldrep. Poets who live in the Upper Midwest are eligible to compete for the regional award. The inaugural award went to Twin Cities poet Patricia Kirkpatrick for "Odessa," now a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.
Who to root for? Minnesota writer Arthur Phillips? Minneapolis's Graywolf Press? The beautiful "Buddha in the Attic"? The zany Pulitzer finalist "Swamplandia!"?
The shortlist for the International IMPAC/Dublin Literary Award has been announced, and the ten titles represent a truly international range--five in translation, three by Americans, one Irish and one British.
Phillips' novel, "The Tragedy of Arthur," is "a circus of a novel," said the Star Tribune in its review (by critic Mark Athitakis). It's the story of a man (named Arthur Phillips) who discovers a long-lost Shakespearean play in his father's attic.
Graywolf Press is in the running, too, with Irish author Kevin Barry's "City of Bohane."
The IMPAC/Dublin Award carries a prize of more than $150,000.
Here's the full list:
"City of Bohane," by Kevin Barry
"The Map and the Territory," by Michel Houellebecq, translated from French.
"Pure," by Andrew Miller.
"1Q84," by Haruki Murakami, translated from Japanese.
"The Buddha in the Attic," by Julie Otsuka.
"The Tragedy of Arthur," by Arthur Phillips.
"Swamplandia!," by Karen Russell
"From the Mouth of the Whale," by Sjon, translated from Icelandic.
"The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am," by Kjersti Skomsvold, translated from Norwegian.
"Caesarian," by Tommy Wieringa, translated from Dutch.
The winner will be announced by the Lord Mayor of Dublin on June 6.
Events: Arthur Phillips will be at the Stillwater Public Library at 7 p.m. on April 18 for Club Book. The next evening, he'll be in St. Croix Falls, Wis., at 7:30 p.m. when the St. Croix Falls Theater performs a scene from the play embedded within his book.
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