The Winner Is … Award Worthy Books on Display

“I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work — a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before. So this award is only mine in trust.”

William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Banquet Speech, 1949

Guess what? We are celebrating award-winning books and authors this month. When you stop by the Library’s main book display, you will be able to find titles featuring writers and novelists who have been bestowed with the prestige of lifetime achievement (Nobel Prize in Literature) along with other famous scribes who have been told that a book they produced encapsulated what it meant to live the American Life (Pulitzer Prize).  We will also have recent winners like The Tiger’s Wife (Orange Prize), in addition to titles that transcended a medium (Watchmen; Hugo and Eisner Awards), authors with awards from other countries (Haruki Murakami and Yu Hua), books with upcoming movie adaptations (The Invention of Hugo Cabret; Caldecott Medal), and much, much more.

Of course, to fail to win an award is not a sin, as classics, such as Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse 5, did not even garner one statue or plaque, while other authors such Nelson Algren never seemed to recapture the critical acclaimed they received from an award-winning book (The Man with the Golden Arm, National Book Award).

Regardless, you can take the time this month to stop by the Library and find out for yourself why these title have found critical acclaim or you can continue reading to some links for other popular awards.

For more award-winning books check out some of these websites:

National Book Award
National Book Critics Award
The PEN/Faulkner Award
Nobel Prize in Literature
Pulitzer Prize
Hugo Award for Science Fiction
The Nebula Awards
The Eisner Awards
The Harvey Awards
The Rita Award for Romance
The Edgar Allen Poe Award
The Bram Stoker
The Caldecott Medal
The Newbery Awards


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