Awards Round-up: October 2016


by Lindsey

Welcome to the October Awards Round-up! A few important literary awards were distributed this month, with one big surprise. Here is an overview.

The Dagger Awards

Since 1955, the UK-based Crime Writers’ Association has awarded ten Daggers each year to works of quality crime writing. These awards are given to both crime fiction and nonfiction. Below are the categories and winners of the 2016 Dagger Awards.

jamespeter2016-172x276Author Peter James was the recipient of the 2016 Diamond Dagger award. Best known for his Detective Superintendent Roy Grace crime novels, beginning with Dead Simple, he is a New York Times bestseller, as well as a former screenwriter and film producer. Well done, Mr. James!

Here are the rest of this year’s winners!

Goldsboro Gold Dagger: Dodgers by William Beverly

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: The Cartel by Don Winslow

John Creasey New Blood Dagger: Dodgers by William Beverly

Endeavour Historical Dagger: Stasi Child by David Young (not in our collection)

Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction: You Could Do Something Amazing with Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat] by Andrew Hankinson (not in our collection)

Short Story Dagger: “On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637)” by Frans Mier in the collection Night Music by John Connolly

International Dagger: The Great Swindle by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne

Dagger in the Library: Elly Griffiths, known for The Zig Zag Girl and the Ruth Galloway Mysteries, beginning with The Janus Stone

Debut Dagger by Orion Books: Wimmera by Mark Brandi (not in our collection)

The Man Booker Prizes

Commonly known as the Booker Prize, these literary prizes are awarded each year to an original novel written in the English language (the Man Booker Prize for Fiction) and an original novel with an English translation (the Man Booker International Prize, which was awarded in May to The Vegetarian by Kang Han). These awards ensure a healthy career and international renown for the recipient.

This year the Man Booker Prize went to Paul Beatty for his book The Sellout. Beatty is the first American to win the award. Historian Amanda Foreman, one of this year’s judges, said “‘The Sellout’ is one of those very rare books [which takes satire] and plunges it into the heart of contemporary American society with a savage wit of the kind I haven’t seen since Swift or Twain.” That is high praise, so congratulations to Mr. Beatty!


Winner: The Sellout by Paul Beatty

A biting satire of US racial politics

The Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded annually (since 1901) to an author from any country who has produced, in the words of Alfred Nobel, “the most outstanding [literary] work in an ideal direction.” It was one of the five Nobel awards established in his will.

joan_baez_bob_dylan_cropThis year’s Nobel Prize in Literature went to Bob Dylan for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” This is the first time the honor has ever been given to a musician. You can watch the prize announcement on video and read a special Sno-Isle Libraries article about the honor. We have a great many albums and books by Dylan in our collection. His songs speak to multiple generations and he’s a favorite songwriter of many. What do you think about this choice? Let us know!

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