Autumn is a great time of year for book lovers because all of the literary award winners are announced – this fall, many great books have received recognition and as a result get added to scads of people’s to-read lists! Here are a few you may want to check out for yourself!
- The Man Booker Prize for 2012 was announced in October and after 145 books, Hilary Mantel‘s Bring Up the Bodies has been declared the winner. Here is a brief summary:
Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle.
- Mo Yan, Chinese novelist and short-story writer, has been crowned the winner of the renowned Nobel Prize for Literature for his “hallucinatory realism.” He is best known for his 1987 novel Red Sorghum, a story about family and myth, told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty, as the Chinese battle both Japanese invaders and each other in the turbulent 1930s.
Read more about Yan in this article from The Guardian. And check out the list of his titles available at GPL.
- The Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced last week and the winner this year is Will Ferguson for his novel 419. Although he is known for his humour and travel writing, 419 is a darker, provocative tale about email scam. Here is a brief summary:
When Laura Curtis, a lonely editor in a cold northern city, discovers that her father has died because of the world’s most insidious internet scam, known as “419”, she sets about to track down–and corner–her father’s killer. However, it’s a dangerous game and the stakes are higher than she can ever imagine.
Among the list of finalists for the prize are the following must-read books (all available from GPL of course!): Alix Ohlin for Inside, Nancy Richler for The Imposter Bride, Kim Thuy for Ru, and Russel Wangersky for Whirl Away.
(Just writing this post, I have discovered a few new books to add to my own virtual “to-read” shelf on Goodreads… if only being a librarian meant that you got to read books all day!)