James Patterson Will Be Honored at the National Book Awards


On November 18 best-selling author James Patterson joins a distinguished roster of honorees, including the late Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers, Terry Gross, and Barney Rosset, when the National Book Foundation presents him with the 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 66th Annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit […]

The 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards


On September 10, 2015, before an audience close to 900 strong at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theater in Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation presented the 80th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which honor literature that challenges racism and celebrates diversity. The awards were founded by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf, who, said Cleveland Foundation President Ronald […]

2015 Hugo Awards: Diversity Wins, Sad Puppies Lose


In an interesting twist to this year’s Hugo Awards controversy, a best-selling Chinese work of hard sf that was added to the final ballot after another nominee withdrew his book from consideration took the top prize at the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, held in Spokane, WA.Translated for the first time into English by Hugo […]

2014 Nebula Awards/ Take Our Sf Survey

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) announced the winners of the 2014 Nebula Awards, and an inquiring LJ wants to know about your sf/fantasy collections.

Mr. Mercedes Snags Best Novel | Edgar Awards 2015

Stephen King and his new best friend. Photo credit Steven Speliotis

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King’s foray into hard-boiled crime fiction, was named the Best Novel at the Mystery Writers of America’s 69th Annual Edgar Awards banquet.

Literary SF Hits Award Shortlist, Hugo Drama Escalates


Six acclaimed sf novels were shortlisted for the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, while the Hugo Awards controversy continued with the withdrawal of two finalists and author Connie Willis’s refusal to be a presenter.

Set Your Phasers to Stunned: 2015 Hugo Nominations Stir Controversy


The April 4 announcement of this year’s Hugo Awards shortlist generated a firestorm of controversy on Twitter and sf websites; at issue is the politicization of what should have been a selection process based on literary merit.

Out of This World Reading: Nebula Nominees 2014


The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) recently announced their nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards. Judging by the six nominees for Best Novel, 2014 was a outstanding year for original, provocative, and challenging fiction.

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015


In spite of a record-breaking blizzard that shut down most of Chicago on Sunday, February 1, RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony went on as scheduled at the Hilton Chicago, where the Reading List Council announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

A Mystery Daphne du Maurier Might Have Written | RWA 2014


I always get such a kick when a little-known author that LJ has covered suddenly gets wider recognition in the literary world. Linda Lappin’s Signatures in Stone, an atmospheric mystery that I reviewed last year, was honored this past weekend with the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.