Welcome to the December Awards Round-up! We are covering two different awards this month.
The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
The “First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1st and December 31st of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author receives $1,000. The shortlist and winner are chosen by a panel of five distinguished writers, including the previous year’s winner of the prize.”
Author Kia Corthron was awarded the Center for Fiction’s 2016 First Novel Prize for her debut novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter. She is best known as the author of more than fifteen plays, including Come Down Burning, and her television writing.
To see the short-listed and long-listed titles, check out this list.
Goodreads Choice Awards
Every year readers and members of Goodreads.com vote for the best books of the year. Here are this year’s winners!
Fiction: Truly Madly Guilty by Lianne Moriarty
Mystery & Thriller: End of Watch by Stephen King
Historical Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Romance: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Science Fiction: Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Horror: The Fireman by Joe Hill
Humor: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Nonfiction: Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Memoir & Autobiography: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
History & Autobiography: Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner and David Fisher
Science & Technology: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
Food & Cookbooks: Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
Graphic Novels & Comics: Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
Poetry: The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (not in our collection)
Debut Goodreads Author: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Young Adult Fiction: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Young Adult Fantasy: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Middle Grade & Children’s: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Picture Books: The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
If you’d like to take a look at the nominees for each category, go to the 2016 Awards page and click on the category name.