Pulitzers and Hugos, 2015
Pulitzer Prize winners
The Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced:
and it’s reasonable to expect the prices to come down on the involved books in the next day or so, at least for a short time. People might cynically expect it to go up, but there is likely to be a mini price war, and Amazon tends to match others’ prices.
Congratulations go to:
- Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (book not linked because the publisher chooses to block text-to-speech access**) $12.99 at time of writing
- History: Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) by Elizabeth A. Fenn $9.99
- Biography or Autobiography: The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (at AmazonSmile*) by David I. Kertzer $11.99
- Poetry: Digest by Gregory Pardlo (not available in a Kindle edition)
- General Nonfiction: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (at AmazonSmile*) by Elizabeth Kolbert $9.99
Winning a Pulitzer is like winning an Oscar: for the rest of your life, you’ll be introduced as “Pulitzer Prize winning author so-and-so”. 🙂
The Hugo Awards
I was originally going to do a full story just on this, then I was going to put in a round-up…but it fit best in this post.
I’ve been holding off on writing about it, because I wanted to investigate it more, to get more angles on it…but it’s just continuing to grow and I want to alert you to it now.
The Hugo Awards are one of the most prestigious in science fiction literature, with a long and storied history.
As reader and commenter John Aga pointed out to me in a comment,
by Marko Kloos, is a Hugo-nominated novel published by one of Amazon’s traditional publishing imprints, 47North.
Well, perhaps I should say, “was a Hugo-nominated novel”, because Kloos has withdrawn it from consideration.
If you go to the link I gave you for the Hugo Awards, you won’t see it listed.
It’s been replaced in the list by The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu (Ken Liu translator).
This has nothing to do with the book being published by Amazon.
It has to do with the way books get nominated for the Hugos, and concerns about how that may have been influenced this year.
Essentially, a group wanted to ensure that nominated books fit within their definitions of science fiction…so they took steps to see that happened.
The controversy is that there are many who don’t agree with their views, and feel that those steps they took may have “hijacked” the nominations.
I don’t want to get too much into it, because I want to know more about what “Sad Puppies” says about it.
I’ve read plenty of things about people who disagree with them, but before I possibly influence you, I want to see it more firsthand.
Kloos isn’t the only person to withdraw a nomination this year, and even George R.R. Martin has commented on it.
Here’s a Google search for new on it:
What do you think? Have you ever read a book in part because it was a Pulitzer-winner (or nominee)? How do awards affect you? How do you think awards should be given? Should literary genres be “preserved” (by having them follow traditional guidelines)? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.
** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.
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