20 May 2020

Award Winners Autumn 2020

While we have been at home in our bubbles, authors around the world and in New Zealand have been scooping up some prominent awards (even if ceremonies and announcements have taken place on Zoom and YouTube). You might feel a bit out of touch with the publishing world after two months away from the library and the stream of new books – this is a great list to get reading again. We are now open so you can start reserving items and making lists of your must reads.

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We have most of the award winning titles in our collection - with links to these below - however some titles are still on order. Keep checking back, we should have them soon!

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The Ockhams

If your goal this year is to read more local fiction The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards is your go-to guide, highlighting fabulous fiction and non-fiction from Aotearoa.

Auē by Becky Manawatu

How to Live by Helen Rickerby

Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance edited by Edited by Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams and Puawai Cairns

Dead People I Have Known by Shayne Carter

Craven by Jane Arthur

We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa by Chris McDowall and Tim Denee

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Women’s Prize for Fiction

Now in its 25th year, the Women’s Prize for Fiction was originally established to promote woman writers who, while contributing significantly to published fiction, were regularly missing from major literary awards. The shortlists and longlists of this award, for this year and others, steer us towards ground-breaking fiction, providing “hope, a moment of escape and a point of connection.”

The 2020 shortlist is as follows:

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell

Weather by Jenny Offill

Pulitzer 2020

The Pulitzer Prizes

The long-running Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism and for non-fiction and historical fiction works.

Pulitzer Prize winning books for 2020 include:

Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser

The Tradition by Jericho Brown

The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel

The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care by Anne Boyer

ABIA Awards

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) were recently announced. You can see a full list of winners here. Librarian Dan recently spoke about how much he loved winning novel Bruny by Heather Rose. Bruny won General Fiction Book of the Year.