Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel Literature Prize

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for literature.  Read more from the BBC News

Check out the titles by Mario Vargas Llosa we have to offer HERE.  Be sure to check back to see titles we add to this list.

Published in: on October 8, 2010 at 5:30 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: ,

V. S. Naipaul – Nobel Prize Winning Author’s First Book

Mystic Masseur.Author Name: NAIPAUL, V. S.

Title: Mystic Masseur.

Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket
Publisher: London Andre Deutsch 1960

The author’s first book. Second impression of the British edition. Spine slant, heavy offsetting to rear endpapers, else very good in a very good (a bit sun faded along the spine) dust jacket.

Price = 100.00 USD

Add to Shopping Cart
Published in: on April 5, 2010 at 5:51 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: ,

2010 Hans Christian Andersen Awards Shortlist

The Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) announces the 2010 Shortlist

Five authors and five illustrators have been selected from 55 candidates submitted by 32 national sections of IBBY for the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award. The award, considered the most prestigious in international children’s literature, is given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made lasting contributions to children’s literature. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 23rd at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The five short-listed authors in alphabetical order are:

·       Ahmad Reza Ahmadi from Iran

·       David Almond from the United Kingdom

·       Bartolomeu Campos de Queiros from Brazil

·       Lennart Hellsing from Sweden

·       Louis Jensen from Denmark

Ahmad Reza Ahmadi‘s fascinating short stories speak poetically about humanity, love, nature and peace for children and young adults. David Almond‘s works are deeply philosophical novels that appeal to children and adults alike, and encourage readers by his use of magic realism. Bartolomeu Campos de Queiros as an author of poetic prose and playful poetry is highly admired for his commitment to beauty and art. Lennart Hellsing is an outstanding poet, who shares the pleasure of language through his mastery of rhythm, word games and invented words.  Louis Jensen is a powerful storyteller and entertainer who combines magic and reality.

The five short-listed illustrators in alphabetical order are:

·       Jutta Bauer from Germany

·       Carll Cneut from Belgium

·       Etienne Delessert from Switzerland

·       Svjetlan Junakovic from Croatia

·       Roger Mello from Brazil

Jutta Bauer creates a harmony between the verbal and visual language, using a philosophical approach in her originality and creativity.  Carll Cneut‘s amazing works powerfully narrate stories in his highly recognizable visual language. As a pioneer of modern picture books, Etienne Delessert‘s impact on many great illustrators around the world can be recognized.  His blending of magic and realism, grotesque and close-ups, has created a distinctive style. Svjetlan Junakovic presents beautiful compositions that are expressive and emotional, while at the same time playful, imaginative and evocative. Roger Mello’s world is a rich spectrum of techniques, imagination, colour and inspiration that is considered innovative, fascinating and intriguing.

A full list of candidates can be found at

The ten members of the 2010 Jury were led by Jury President Zohreh Ghaeni from Iran. They are: Ernest Bond (USA), Karen Coeman (Mexico), Nadia El Kholy (Egypt), María Jesús Gil (Spain), Jan Hansson (Sweden), Annemie Leysen (Belgium), Darja Mezi-Leskovar (Slovenia), Alicia Salvi (Argentina), Helene Schär (Switzerland) and Regina Zilberman (Brazil). Elda Nogueira from Brazil represented IBBY and Liz Page acted as Jury Secretary.

Published in: on March 25, 2010 at 7:29 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , ,

Sherman Alexie Receives 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Sherman Alexie’s War Dances (Grove Press) has been selected as  the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.  The announcement was made today by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Susan Richards Shreve and Robert Stone, Co-Chairmen.

The judges—Rilla Askew, Kyoko Mori, and Al Young—considered close to 350 novels and short story collections by American authors published in the US during the 2009 calendar year. Submissions came from over 90 publishing houses, including small
and academic presses. There is no fee for a publisher to submit a book.

The honored book, War Dances, is a collection of structurally inventive pieces on the themes of love, betrayal, familial relationships, race, and class.  The stories are interspersed with poems which refract their themes or topics. About this collection judge Al Young says, “War Dances taps every vein and nerve, every tissue, every issue that quickens the current blood-pulse: parenthood, divorce, broken links, sex, gender and  racial conflict, substance abuse, medical neglect, 9/11, Official Narrative vs. What Really Happened, settler religion vs. native spirituality; marketing, shopping, and war, war, war.  All the heartbreaking ways we don’t live now—this is the caring, eye-opening beauty of  this rollicking, bittersweet gem of a book.”

Winner of a 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and additional honors including, most recently, the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, Sherman Alexie is the author of four novels, three prior short story collections, numerous books of poetry, documentaries, and films. He lives in  Seattle, Washington.

The PEN/Faulkner Award is America’s largest peer juried prize for fiction in the United States.  As winner, Alexie receives $15,000.  Each of the four finalists—Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (Harper); Lorraine M. López for Homicide Survivors
Picnic And Other Stories (BkMk Press); Lorrie Moore for A Gate at The Stairs (Knopf); and Colson Whitehead for Sag Harbor (Doubleday) —receives $5,000.
Click here to see titles Grendel Books has available, written by PEN/Faulkner Award winning authors.

All five authors will be honored during the 30th anniversary PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library, located at 201 East Capitol Street, SE, on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $100, and can be purchased by phoning the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077, or online at

The PEN/Faulkner Award was first given in 1981. Past winners include last year’s winner Joseph O’Neill and E.L. Doctorow, Ann Patchett, Philip Roth, John Updike, and John Edgar Wideman, among others. A full list of winners is HERE.

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is committed to building audiences for exceptional literature and bringing writers together with their readers.  This mission is accomplished through a reading series at Folger Shakespeare Library by distinguished writers who
have won the respect of readers and writers alike; the PEN/Faulkner Award, the largest peer-juried award for fiction in the United States; the PEN/Malamud Award, honoring excellence in the short story; and the Writers in Schools program, which brings nationally and internationally-acclaimed authors to public high school classrooms in Washington, DC, Atlanta, and Kansas City.

For More Information, visit

Published in: on March 24, 2010 at 7:28 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,

Scottish Arts Council: Book Awards 2010 Shortlist

Book Awards 2010 Shortlist

Since their establishment in 1972, the Scottish Arts Council Book Awards have recognised and rewarded literary excellence in literary fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction by Scottish authors resident in, or out with, Scotland. In 2009 the book awards were re-branded the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards, to represent a long term sponsorship commitment. The Book of the Year award is worth £30,000, and is the biggest literary prize of its kind in Scotland.

Read more at  Scottish Arts Council – Literature – Book Awards 2010.

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 10:37 am  Leave a Comment  

PEN/Faulkner Finalists Announced!

Judges have selected five books published in 2009 as finalists for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, America’s largest peer-juried prize for fiction.  The nominees are Sherman Alexie for War Dances (Grove Press); Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (Harper); Lorraine M. López for Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories (BkMk Press); Lorrie Moore for A Gate at the Stairs (Knopf); and Colson Whitehead for Sag Harbor (Doubleday).  The announcement was made today by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Susan Richards Shreve and Robert Stone, Co-Chairmen.

The judges—Rilla Askew, Kyoko Mori, and Al Young—considered close to 350 novels and short story collections by American authors published in the US during the 2009 calendar year. Submissions came from over 90 publishing houses, including small and academic presses. There is no fee for a publisher to submit a book.

The winner, who will receive $15,000, will be announced on March 23; the four finalists will receive $5,000 each.  In a ceremony that celebrates the winner as “first among equals,” all five authors will be honored during the 30th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library, located at 201 East Capitol Street, SE on Saturday, May 8, at 7pm.  Tickets are $100, and can be purchased by phoning the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077 or online at

About the selection process, judge Al Young says, “Overwhelmed by book-length stories and storytellers, we three writer-judges had to knuckle down and settle in for some serious summer, fall and winter reading and inner-listening. We managed to come up with five lingering beauties that freshly express the complex ways Americans believe and behave.” (more…)

Published in: on March 1, 2010 at 11:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Present the Nebula Awards

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. The awards will be announced at the Nebula Awards Banquet the evening of May 15 at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, just 20 minutes from the Kennedy Space Center in Fla. Other awards to be presented are the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Science Fiction or Fantasy for Young Adults, the Bradbury Award for excellence in screenwriting and the Solstice Award for outstanding contribution to the field. Read more over at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.


1 HERBERT, Frank. Dune.
NY Ace Books 1965 Paperback Near Fine
Hugo Award and Nebula Award winner. An early printing of the first (mass market) paperback edition of this science fiction classic. Trace shelf wear and age toning, else near fine in illustrated (cover illustration by John Schoenherr) wraps. This copy is from the personal library of automation pioneer John Diebold and bears his ownership stamp on the front and rear endpages.
Price: 100.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart

Winners of the 3rd Annual Black Quill Awards

And the Black Quill Goes to… read more here.

Published in: on February 10, 2010 at 11:38 am  Leave a Comment  

2010 Literary Award Winners for Children and Young Adults

2010 Award Winning Titles for Children & Young Adults

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, audiobooks and video for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, King, Newbery and Printz award

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (Caldecott Winner)

In this wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables by an award-winning artist, an unlikely pair learns that no act of kindness is ever wasted. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling.

Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Newberry Winner)

Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: “I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.”

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death until the final note makes her think she’s too late.

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Printz Winner)

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school–and life in general–with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure–if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

A list of all the 2010 literary award winners follows: (more…)

Kate Clanchy Awarded the Prestigious BBC National Short Story Award

An award-winning poet has won the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award with her second attempt at a short story.

Kate Clanchy, who has worked primarily as a teacher and as Poet in Residence for the Red Cross, beat an exceptional shortlist which included past Orange Prize winners Lionel Shriver and Naomi Alderman, and BAFTA-nominated author Jane Rogers.

The story, entitled The Not-Dead and The Saved is a haunting story of parental love and sacrifice set in a hospital ward. The story of a mother and child, whose relationship is conducted against a background of hospital visits, transplants and tumours, was praised by the judges for its rich lyricism and deeply affecting style.

Sara Maitland, who was shortlisted for her story Moss Witch, was awarded as runner-up. Sara is a distinguished short-story author who has had six collections published.

More than 600 entries were received for this year’s award which is open to authors who have had some history of publication and who are UK residents.