Friday, March 14, 2008

Two little gems take some big awards. . .

Hooray! Kate Christensen wins the PEN/Faulkner Award for best work of fiction for her novel The Great Man ( also a Dewey Diva pick last fall). This has been on my to-read pile since Lahring started book-talking it. She was also a fan of Christensen's previous novel The Epicure's Lament which belongs in the delightful grumpy-failed-male-poet-as-portrayed-by-witty-woman-writer genre. And I remember reading good reviews of her earlier novel, Jeremy Thane. Christensen's writing has been compared to Mary McCarthy and Dawn Powell - two writers I love, so I really need to start reading her.

And congratulations to my colleague C.S. Richardson, whose novel The End of the Alphabet (also a former Dewey pick), has just won the Regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Novel for Canada and the Caribbean. He'll now go up against the winners from the all the other regions for the over-all prize, announced on May 18th. To see the list of all the regional winners, click here.

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