The winner of the 2010 Orion Book Award is Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Future, by Charles Bowden. For additional information, visit Orion Magazine's website.
Selection committee chair Don Snow describes 'Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing' as a daring work in which ‘moments of acute consciousness and cognition seem to be refracted through a prism, scattering the light of various events across a mosaic of images, sensations, and sometimes stunning realizations. In the middle of it all, our narrator refuses to comfort us with familiar notions of activism, or betterment, or moral centeredness.’ – from Orion Magazine Website
The Newbery Medal is “awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead is the 2010 Newbery Medal winner. 2010 Honor Books: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose; The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin; and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick.
2010 Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal is “awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”
The Lion and the Mouse, illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney, is the 2010 Caldecott Medal winner. 2010 Honor Books: All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon; and Red Sings from Treetops: a Year in Colors, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman.
The 2009 National Book Awards Finalists have been announced.
American Salvage, by Bonnie Jo Campbell Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin Lark and Termite, by Jayne Anne Phillips Far North, by Marcel Theroux
Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook, by David M. Carroll Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species, by Sean B. Carroll Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City, by Greg Grandin The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy, by Adrienne Mayor The First Tycoon: the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, by T. J. Stiles
Versed, by Rae Armantrout Or to Begin Again, by Ann Lauterbach Speak Low, by Carl Phillips Open Interval, by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon Transcendental Studies: a Trilogy, by Keith Waldrop
YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE
Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, by Deborah Heiligman Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose Stitches, by David Small Lips Touch: Three Times, by Laini Taylor Jumped, by Rita Williams-Garcia
DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICAN LETTERS Gore Vidal
We're thrilled to be able to announce such a strong shortlist, so enticing that it will certainly give us a headache when we come to select the winner. The choice will be a difficult one. There is thundering narrative, great inventiveness, poetry and sharp human insight in abundance. – Chair James Naughtie, Man Booker Prize 2009