January 16, 2008

Thursday Thirteen: 13 Books Which Have Won An Award for 2007

Here are the most recent, and interesting to me, winners for this Thursday Thirteen edition:

1. The John Newbery for best children's literature to: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schiltz

2. The Caldecott for best pictures to: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

3. The Man Booker Prize to: The Gathering by Anne Enright

4. The National Book Award to: Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson

5. The Edgar Award (for best mystery) to: The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin

6. The National Book Critics Circle Award to: Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

7. The Audie Award (for the best audiobook of the year) to: Inspired by...The Bible Experience New Testament narrated by a full cast including Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Denzel Washington.

8. The 2007 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature is: Doris Lessing, especially known for her 1962 masterpiece The Golden Notebook.

9. The 2007 Pulitzer Prize for literature to: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

10. The 2007 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction to: The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright

11. The 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry to: Native Guard by Natasha Trethway

12. The 2007 Pulitzer Prize for biography to: The Most Famous Man in America by Debby Applegate

13. The annual First Novel Award to: Certainty by Madeleine Thien

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  1. What a wonderful list. I hadn't seen it yet. Thanks for posting it. Now I'm off to explore the titles for things I haven't read.

  2. Great list, Bellezza. I truly appreciate your postings about reading and how important it is. By the way, CTG shared some news; I thought you'd want to know. I'm also off the blog-radar for a bit, but I'm still reading you, and a few others.

  3. Oh Lord, Bellezza...you just went and added a ton to my wishlist! Thanks :p A few of these have been ones that I've been meaning to read anyway ;) I love book award time! It must be so exciting for the authors.

  4. MondaythroughSundayJanuary 16, 2008

    What a great list! Have a wonderful day!

  5. That's a great list, Bellezza, and the cover for The Gathering is enough to make me pick it up. It's gorgeous.


  6. Interesting list. I shall have to check some of those out.

  7. You made my TBR list look like the great wall of China! I will be asking that after my life time is over I get to haunt a book store and a library to keep myself updated. Gr!

    Wonderful list of so interesting books.

  8. Fun list. I plan to read The Road this year and wouldn't mind reading a couple of the others. I was going to post 13 Award Winners I read last year for my TT this week but didn't get around to it, darn cold. Probably will still do it next week though.

  9. Tanabata, this would surely fit the requirements for the Book Awards Challenge (of which I've only read two, and none of them are from this list). There never seems to be enough time for me; I can't imagine how people get several books a week read...but, I don't want to make my joy of reading into a burden.

  10. great list! thanks for sharing :)

  11. The Janissary Tree won the Edgar this year! Fabulous! I'd picked it up as an audiobook then had to run to the bookstore so that I could read it faster and find out what happened.

    Jason Goodwin has also written a number of non fiction books.

  12. Great List!

    I did books, too. But now I have more for my wish list. Thanks!

  13. Fabulous to have this list all gathered into one place. Thanks, Bellezza. Great TT idea.

  14. Great list. A couple that I definitely want to check out!

    THanks for your comment on my blog post about the finished JLT...I did really enjoy it...I have six other books by Japanese authors that I want to read this year on my 888 challenge list but have so many on my wish list. It help me get motivated again to go back to read Japanese literature.

    My bf noticed how much I liked Kitchen and bought me the Japanese copy...I suppose I will have to tackle that one soon too although it will take me a while to get through it!

  15. this is interesting, I will try to post about 13 on my blog by Wednesday, hopefully.

  16. Great list! I've only read The Invention of Hugo Cabret and The Road, but they were both quite good.

  17. Les, I'm halfway through The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and I love it!! I'm so surprised about how much it's captured my attention. I decided to pick it up when a.) I saw your review and b.) I saw that it had won the Caldecott. Now I need to try The Road.

  18. I suspect you're close to finishing The Invention of Hugo Cabret by now. Isn't it a lovely book? I love all the line drawings. Doubt I'd care much for the book with just the text.

    The Road is quite bleak. Have you read my review for it? It's one of those books that grows on you long after you've finished.

  19. Great list of books... I'd been researching ideas for book club lists for '08 and came across this at the end of the day. I should have known to turn here first!!

  20. Silly you...aren't there some good titles here? Let me know if you pick any, I'd like to read them with you. I actually saw Sacred Games today at Borders, but it reminded me of Connections (I'm forgetting the author just now) and I cannot stand one more book about a dysfunctional group of people for awhile. I saw enough on the ten minutes of television I watched yesterday night. Instead, I picked up Dostoevesky's The Brothers Karamazov because I'm so into Russian literature, AGAIN, and Madeleine L'Engle once said it was her favorite book of all time.