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2008 Yearend Review of Award Winning Books

abstract:This is the list of authors and books that won awards in 2008. I find that reading these titles (or other works by these authors) helps to mark time in a way that connects me to the literary Gestalt of countries around the world. See if any appeal to you.


December 28, 2008
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2008 Nobel Prize for Literature (World)

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio

2008 Man Booker Prize (UK)

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Atlantic)

2008 Orange Prize for Fiction (UK & Commonwealth)

The Road Home: A Novel by Rose Tremain (Penguin)

2008 Pulitzer Prize (US)

Fiction: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Riverhead Books)

Nonfiction: The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedländer (HarperCollins)

History: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848, by Daniel Walker Howe (Oxford University Press)

Biography: Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father, by John Matteson (W.W. Norton)

Drama: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

Poetry: Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005 by Robert Hass (Ecco/HarperCollins)

2008 National Book Awards (US)

Fiction: Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen (Modern Library)

Nonfiction: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed, (W.W. Norton & Company)

Poetry:Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems by Mark Doty, (HarperCollins)

2008 Booksense Book of the Year

Fiction: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead/Penguin)

Nonfiction: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.) by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver (HarperCollins)

2008 Giller Prize (Canada)

Fiction: Through Black Spruce: A Novel by Joseph Boyden (Viking/Penguin Canada)

2008 Governor General Awards (Canada)

Fiction: The Origin of Species by Nino Ricci, (Doubleday Canada)

Nonfiction: Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army by Christie Blatchford, (Doubleday, Canada)

Drama:Bone Cage by Catherine Banks, (Playwrights Canada Press)

Poetry: More To Keep Us Warm by Jacob Scheier, (ECW Press)

2008 Australian Book Award : Miles Franklin Literary Award

Fiction: People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks

The Kiriyama Prize (celebrating literary voices of the Pacific Rim)

Fiction: Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, published by Knopf Canada; Penguin Books, New Zealand; John Murray, UK; The Dial Press, USA

Nonfiction: The Fragile Edge: Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific by Julia Whitty, published by Houghton Mifflin Books (USA)

Other Genres

Mystry: Edgar Awards -2008 Down River by John Hart (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Science Fiction: Nebula Prize 2008



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