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Monday, May 6, 2024

Six Degrees of Separation --- "The Anniversary to ..."

Six Degrees of Separation
We start with

The Anniversary by Stephanie Bishop.
It was on the Stella Prize Longlist this year. I haven't read it.


The Souvenir Museum: Stories by Elizabeth McCracken.
This story collection was on the National Book Award Longlist Book in 2021.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.
This story collection won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000. Many of the stories are set in India.


The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese.
Is also set in India and it won the 2023 BrowseBook Award and the Viking Award for setting and place. I've never heard of either of these award before.


The Leavers by Lisa Ko.
The Leavers won the Bellwether Award in 2016. This is another award most people haven't heard of. It recognizes excellence in literature which addresses social justice issues. 


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
This YA novel won the Morris Award and a Printz Honor, among its many, many awards in 2017 for this sharp criticism of racial justice in the US.


The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.
This book pokes a sharp stick at the terrible treatment of women and girls in a dystopian future. It was the Booker Prize co-winner in 2019. 


Question mark.
Today, May 6th, The Pulitzer Prize will be announcing their pick for best literature of 2023. What book will win? The Pulitzer Prize committee does not tip its hand and give any hints, finalists or short or long lists to help us guess. What book will win? We don't have long to wait to find out.

There are so many different book awards, each recognizing different authors, types of books, or nationalities. For example the Stella Prize goes to the best literature written by an Australian female author, while the National Book Award goes to an American author. A qualification for the Booker Prize used to be that the author must live in the British Commonwealth but they have extended it to be books written in English and published in the UK. The Women's Prize, which I couldn't find a way to work into my list, goes only to female authors publishing in English. The Printz Award is the highest honor given to YA books as part of the Youth Media Awards given out by the American Library Association. It is announced each years alongside many other awards which you likely have heard of like the Caldecott Award and the Newbery Medal. I really enjoy reading award books because I think someone else, who knows what they are doing, has already done the work of determining the quality of the writing. And that is a big deal to me.

Join in the fun by creating your own 6-Degrees list of books. One never quite knows where they will end up. Link: Books are My Favourite and Best 6-Degrees Meme.


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