The longlist for the 2014 Libris Awards has been released, and it’s looking pretty good. In several of our podcasts and on our blog, Write Reads has discussed four of the authors nominated for best novel (Lynn Coady, Joseph Boyden, Anthony De Sa, and Andrew Kaufman) , and we featured one of the novels, Born Weird, in Episode #7. We are, of course, delighted that Lynn Coady and Joseph Boyden are nominees. Neither of us have yet read Hellgoing, but we both really want to, and Canada Reads really made us both want to read The Orenda. Kirt was not impressed with Kicking the Sky, and neither of us enjoyed Born Weird as much as we had hoped to, but clearly we are in the minority on this. We also feel that The Miracles of Ordinary Men by Amanda Leduc and The Widow Tree by Nicole Lundrigan are two titles that have been overlooked, both critically and on these award lists. We’re also both pleased to see Chris Hadfield on the non-fiction list and on the Author of the Year list, just because he seems like a really cool guy.
The Libris Awards are pretty awesome in that they recognize the efforts and excellence of the other people in the book industry, like book stores, book sellers, editors, agents, etc. If it weren’t for these people many authors wouldn’t get past the manuscript stage, and they deserve some applause.
What do you think of the list?