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2009 – Awards (Part 1)

Posted by BigWords on December 25, 2009

Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement

The Alfred Thayer Mahan Award is named for the famous naval theorist who, through his writing, provided vital stimulus and guidance to those who share in the defense of the nation. Presented since 1957, this award for literary achievement is awarded to a Navy officer, Marine Corps officer, enlisted service member, or civilian who has made a notable literary contribution that has advanced the knowledge of the importance of sea power in the United States.

Professor John Hattendorf, U.S. Naval War College

American Academy of Arts and Letters

Academy Award for Literature: Stan Allen / Michael Collier
Rosenthal Foundation Award: A Better Angel by Chris Adrian
Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction: Better Children by Charles Bock

American Book Awards

The American Book Awards, established in 1978 by the Before Columbus Foundation, recognize outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers.

Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Right Era by Houston A. Baker, Jr. (Columbia University Press)
Ask for a Convertible by Danit Brown (Pantheon)
Please by Jericho Brown (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
José Antonio Burciaga, The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: Selected Works of José Antonio Burciaga edited by Mimi R. Gladstein and Daniel Chacón (University of Arizona Press)
Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds by Claire Hope Cummings (Beacon Press)
If I Die in Juarez by Stella Pope Duarte (The University of Arizona Press)
All of It Singing: New and Selected Poems by Linda Gregg (Graywolf Press)
Breaking Poems by Suheir Hammad (Cypher Books)
The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes (Pantheon Books)
A Power Stronger than Itself: The A.A.C.M. and American Experimental Music by George E. Lewis (University of Chicago Press)
Ghosts of El Grullo by Patricia Santana (University of New Mexico Press)
Jack Spicer, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, edited by Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian (Wesleyan University Press)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Miguel Algarin

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards “recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures.”

The Plague Of Doves by Louise Erdrich
The Hemingses of Montecello by Annette Gordon-Reed
The Boat by Nam Lee

Lifetime Achievement Award: Paule Marshall

Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/prix Lansdowne de poésie

this is a small northern town by Rosanna Deerchild (The Muses’ Company, an imprint of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing) (link)

The Bancroft Prize

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008)
The Comanche Empire by Pekka Hämäläinen (Yale University Press, 2008)


Booktrust Early Years Awards
Baby Book Award: Chick by Ed Vere (Puffin)
Best Emerging Illustrator: Box Of Tricks by Katie Cleminson (Jonathan Cape)
Pre-School Award: Oliver Who Travelled Far And Wide by Mara Bergman, illustrated by Nick Maland (Hodder Children’s Books)

Booktrust Teenage Prize: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Kim Scott Walwyn Prize: Kathy Rooney, Managing Director of Bloomsbury Publishing, has been awarded the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize.

Orange Prize For Fiction: Home by Marilynne Robinson (Virago)
Orange Award For New Writers: An Equal Stillness by Francesca Kay

The Bridport Prize

Poetry: Non-Invasive by Dore Kiesselbach (Bridport Prize page)
Short Story: Something by Jenny Clarkson (Bridport Prize page)

Capitolbeat 2009 Contest Winners

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize

Is Life Likely? by Timothy Carson

Committee to Protect Journalists

2009 duPont-Columbia Award Winners

The Edgars

Best Critical / Biography: Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion To His Tel-Tale Stories by Dr. Harry Lee Poe (Sterling Publishing – Metro Books)
Best Fact Crime: American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century by Howard Blum (Crown Publishers)
Best First Novel By An American Author: The Foreigner by Francie Lin (Picador)
Best Juvenile: The Postcard by Tony Abbott (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Best Motion Picture Screen Play: In Bruges Screenplay by Martin McDonagh (Focus Features)
Best Novel: Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Best Paperback Original: China Lake by Meg Gardiner (New American Library)
Best Play: The Ballad of Emmett Till by Ifa Bayeza (GoodmanTheatre, Chicago, IL)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: Buckner’s Error by Joseph Guglielmelli, from Queens Noir (Akashic Books)
Best Short Story: Skinhead Central by T. Jefferson Parker, from The Blue Religion (Hachette Book Group – Little Brown and Company)
The Simon & Schuster – Mary Higgins ClarkAward: The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Best Television Episode: Prayer of the Bone (Wire In The Blood) Teleplay by Patrick Harbinson (BBC America)
Best Young Adult: Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award

Paul Salopek (foreign correspondent for Chicago Tribune)

Forward Poetry Prize

Best Collection: Rain by Don Patterson
Best First Collection: The Striped World by Emma Jones
Best Single Poem: At Roane Head by Robin Robertson

Golden Pen of Freedom Award

Najam Sethi (Friday Times & Daily News; Pakistan)

Griffin Poetry Prize

Awards announcement
Canadian Winner: The Sentinel by A.F. Moritz (House of Anansi Press)
International Winner: Rising, Falling, Hovering by C.D. Wright (Copper Canyon Press)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Hans Magnus Enzensberger

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