Friday, March 23, 2012

2011 Independent Literary Award Winners

Last year may not have been my best reading year, but it was a great year for literature. Earlier this winter the short-lists for the Independent Literary Awards were announced, the list of books nominated by you the readers. The voting panels for the awards read the short-listed books in their categories and discussed and voted on the final winners and runners-up. I was on the voting panel for the mystery category. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting my thoughts on the five short-listed nominees for the mystery category. In the meantime, here are the results for all 2011 award categories:

Winner: Little Princes by Conor Grennan
Runner-Up: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Winner: Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender by Nick Krieger
Runner-Up: Huntress by Malinda Lo

Winner: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Runner-Up: Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney

Winner: A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
Runner-Up: Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski

Winner: Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckhoff
Runner-Up: Berlin 1961 by Frederick Kempe

Winner: Catalina by Laurie Soriano
Runner-Up: What Looks Like an Elephant by Edward Nudelman

Speculative Fiction
Winner: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Runner-Up: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Thoughts on the final results? Have you read any of the winners or runners up?

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  1. I loved Ready Player One, but I really REALLY can't believe 11/22/63 didn't win. I think it was a better book by far.

    1. I would like to read both Ready Player One and 11/22/63. They both sound so good. It'll be interested to see which I think was better when I do read them.

  2. I read: Little Princes by Conor Grennan
    Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

    And looking forward to reading:
    Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
    Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckhoff

    1. I am glad to see you've read a couple, Sylvie! I will have to opportunity to read Lost in Shangri-La next month and am really looking forward to it. Silver Sparrow is one I hadn't heard of before the awards and now I am anxious to read it. I really want to read Little Princes one of these days. I haven't read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and can't say I want to, to be honest.

  3. I can't wait to read Silver Sparrow. It's on my list for the upcoming few months and I have heard such good things about it!

    1. I look forward to reading your thoughts on Silver Sparrow, Heather. I hadn't heard of it before the awards' short-lists came out.

  4. I've not read any of these. I better get busy!

    1. Kathleen - Haha! That's how I feel too! At least I've read the mystery winner and runner up. Two down!

  5. I have a couple of these on my tbr already and actually own one so maybe I should read that one next . (the ShangriLa one)

    1. Care - I believe I have a couple at least on my TBR pile already too. I hope to read Lost in Shangri-La soon too. Can't wait!


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