Edmonds Booktalk: 2014 book award winners announced

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

Welcome to February. Which means, you survived January! Always a good omen for the year ahead…!

Book award season starts as early as all the TV and movie awards do. We already have the 2014 winners of the PNBA Awards, The Caldecott, and The Newberry.

The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the year’s most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The 2014 Newbery Medal winner is “Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” by Kate DiCamillo.
2014 Honor Books:
“Doll Bones” by Holly Black
“The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes
“Paperboy” by Vince Vawter
More information about the current and previous Newbery Medals here.

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal winner is “Locomotive” by Brian Floca.
2014 Honor Books:
“Journey” by Aaron Becker
“Flora and the Flamingo” by Molly Idle
“Mr. Wuffles!” by David Wiesner
More information about the current and previous Caldecott Medals here.

We live in waterThe Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) has announced the winners of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Awards. The complete official list here.
Poetry: “Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems” by Robert Wrigley
Children’s: “Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey” by Emily Winfield Martin
Non-fiction: “The Great War: July1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme” by Joe Sacco
Non-fiction: “The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America” by Langdon Cook
Fiction: “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki
Fiction: “We Live in Water” by Jess Walter
To see more details about the books chosen, and the other books that made the shortlist, as well as lists of winners from previous years, visit the PNBA website.

Feb. 6 & 19: Our February Book Club title is “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis” by Timothy Egan.
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history — and the driven, brilliant man who made them.
Find more details about this title and the list of our book choices for the first half of the year, on our Book Club page.

Recent book releases of note
Red rising“Red Rising” by Pierce Brown. The first book in a thrilling new trilogy! Already a staff favorite. And we are claiming him as an Edmonds author! [he wrote the book here!]
“The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. Chosen for the lead review in January IndieBound and chosen for Oprah’s Book Club!
“Ripper: A Novel” by Isabel Allende. The author’s first foray into the thriller genre imagines what might happen when a super-bright teenager starts trying to help her homicide detective dad track a serial killer. New [1/26/14] review in The Seattle Times.
“Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel” by Anna Quindlen. A deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love.
“An Officer and a Spy” by Robert Harris. Harris provides easily the best fictional treatment of the Dreyfus Affair yet, in this gripping thriller told from the vantage point of French army officer Georges Picquart.
“Dept. of Speculation” by Jenny Offill. Popping prose and touching vignettes of marriage and motherhood fill Offill’s slim second book of fiction. Chosen for IndieBound.
“Tenth of December: Stories” by George Saunders. Staff favorite, now in paperback. Chosen for IndieBound.
“On Such a Full Sea: A Novel” by Chang-rae Lee. The award-winning author’s new novel about the immigrant experience in a future long-declining America.
“Life After Life: A Novel” by Kate Atkinson. Staff favorite now in paperback! Chosen for IndieBound.
“The Edge of Nowhere” by Elizabeth George. The first young adult book by the bestselling author! Now in paperback. Get ready for book #2 coming in March!
“Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel” by Ishmael Beah. A haunting, beautiful first novel about postwar life in Sierra Leone. Chosen for IndieBound.
Hollow City“Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended.
“Vampires in the Lemon Grove and Other Stories” by Karen Russell. Chosen for IndieBound. Now in paperback.
“Love Water Memory” by Jennie Shortridge. Seattle author. Chosen for IndieBound. Now in paperback.
“Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel” by Nancy Horan. From the bestselling author of “Loving Frank,” comes the much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.

And books of note coming soon:
“The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing” by Sheila Turnage. The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller, Three Times Lucky…A laugh out loud, ghostly, Southern mystery that can be enjoyed by readers visiting Tupelo Landing for the first time, as well as those who are old friends of Mo and Dale. Feb. 4
“The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad” by Lesley Hazleton. The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited—and remade. Now in paperback! Feb. 4
“The Painted Girls: A Novel” by Cathy Marie Buchanan. The staff favorite now in paperback. Chosen for IndieBound.  Feb. 4
“Above All Things” by Tanis Rideout. 1924. George Mallory is arguably the last great British explorer, having twice tried—and failed—to conquer Mount Everest. A beautifully rendered story about the need for redemption and the quest for glory. The staff favorite, now in paperback. Feb. 4
“A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel” by Anthony Marra. Chosen for IndieBound. Now in paperback. Feb. 4
“The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat” by Edward Kelsey Moore. Chosen for IndieBound. Now in paperback. Feb. 4
“The Deliverance of Evil : A Commissario Balistreri Mystery” by Roberto Costantini. Chosen for IndieBound. Feb. 11
“The Edge of the Water: Edge of Nowhere” by Elizabeth George. Book 2! March 11
“Be Careful What You Wish For: The Clifton Chronicles Book 4” by Jeffrey Archer. Book #3: “Best Kept Secret” was published in paperback in November of 2013. March 11

As always, check our website for all the latest in book news!
Happy reading!

– By Elaine Mattson

Edmonds native Elaine Mattson has worked at The Edmonds Bookshop off and on since she was 12 years old, and has also worked at a book wholesaler, a book publisher, and for the book publishing division of a large local software company (yes, that one). “I was raised a book lover [thanks, Mom!],” Mattson says. “We got book lights by our beds as soon as we were old enough to read. And then I probably got in trouble for reading too late the very next night. And I still read too late!”

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