ABA Announces Finalists

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The American Booksellers Association announced on March 1 the finalists for the 2011 Indies Choice Book Awards, now including the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. The winners will be chosen by the owners and staff at ABA member stores in balloting throughout the month of March.

The Indies Choice Book Awards finalists in six categories – Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Adult Debut, Young Adult, Picture Book Hall of Fame, and Most Engaging Author – were selected by a jury of independent booksellers from the 2010 Indie Next List Great Reads and additional bookseller recommendations. Each is representative of the types of books that indie booksellers champion best.

Here are the finalists in each category:

BOOK OF THE YEAR – ADULT FICTION

Great House, by Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton)
How to Read the Air, by Dinaw Mengestu (Riverhead)
Room, by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown)
The Surrendered, by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead)
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell (Random House)
A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan (Knopf)

BOOK OF THE YEAR – ADULT NONFICTION

At Home, by Bill Bryson (Doubleday)
Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff (Little, Brown)
Let’s Take the Long Way Home, by Gail Caldwell (Random House)
The Tiger, by John Vaillant (Knopf)
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)
The Wave, by Susan Casey (Doubleday)

BOOK OF THE YEAR – ADULT DEBUT

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, by Maaza Mengiste (W.W. Norton)
The Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson (Random House)
Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes (Atlantic Monthly Press and El León Literary Arts)
The Quickening, by Michelle Hoover (Other Press)
The Wake of Forgiveness, by Bruce Machart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

BOOK OF THE YEAR – YOUNG ADULT

Bamboo People, by Mitali Perkins (Charlesbridge)
Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper (Atheneum)
Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan (Dutton Juvenile)

E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD AWARD – MIDDLE READER

Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (HarperCollins)
Penny Dreadful, by Laurel Snyder, Abigail Halpin (Illus.) (Random House Books for Young Readers)
The Sixty-Eight Rooms, by Marianne Malone, Greg Call (Illus.) (Random House Books for Young Readers)
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger (Amulet Books)
A Tale of Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton Juvenile)

E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD AWARD – PICTURE BOOK

Bedtime for Bear, by Brett Helquist (HarperCollins)
Chicken Big, by Keith Graves (Chronicle Books)
Children Make Terrible Pets, by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, by Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.) (HarperCollins)
A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea, by Michael Ian Black, Kevin Hawkes (Illus.) (Simon & Shuster)
The Quiet Book, by Deborah Underwood, Renata Liwska (Illus.) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

PICTURE BOOK HALL OF FAME

Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban (Illus.) (HarperCollins)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle (Henry Holt & Co.)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, Lois Ehlert (Illus.) (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Corduroy, by Don Freeman (Viking)
Curious George, by H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Goodnight Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam)
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)
The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper (Grosset & Dunlap / Philomel)
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Napping House, by Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Illus.) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking)
Stellaluna, by Janelle Cannon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle (Philomel)

MOST ENGAGING AUTHOR

(The author who is an in-store star with a strong sense of the importance of indie booksellers to the community.

Laurie Halse Anderson
Jonathan Evison
Kevin Henkes
Mitali Perkins
Richard Russo
Terry Tempest Williams

All booksellers at ABA member bookstores in good standing are encouraged to vote; only one ballot per person will be accepted. Voting, which is via an electronic ballot on BookWeb.org, is open until March 31. The winners will be announced on April 7.

This year’s winners and finalists will be honored at ABA’s Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 24, at BookExpo America 2011.

About American Booksellers Association

Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a not-for-profit trade organization devoted to meeting the needs of its core members — independently owned bookstores with storefront locations — through education, information dissemination, business products and services, and advocacy. ABA exists to protect and promote the interests of independent retail book businesses, as well as to protect the First Amendment rights of every American. The association actively supports free speech, literacy, and programs that support local and independent retail shops. A board of nine booksellers, representing thousands of members, governs the Association. ABA is headquartered in Tarrytown, New York.

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  • Caryn/www.TheMidLifeGuru.com

    Thanks for sharing this great list.  I am always on the lookout for qualified book recommendations. 

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