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The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery–books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is generally characterized by mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence; usually featuring an amateur detective, they have a confined setting and characters who know one another. Visit the Malice Domestic website to learn more about the Agatha Awards and to see a complete list of winners.

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Anthony Award: The Anthony Award is named in honor of Anthony Boucher, the well-known writer, critic, and fan of the mystery genre. Awards are made on the basis of the votes of mystery fans worldwide and presented at the annual World Mystery Convention, also known as Bouchercon. The award is usually in the form of a dagger stabbing a black book mounted on a wooden plaque. The dagger is removable to be used as a letter opener. Occasionally the award will be varied, to address a local motif for the annual convention.

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Audie Awards: The Audie Awards are given by the Audio Publishers Association, a not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to creating a public awareness of the audio publishing industry as well as providing industry professionals with educational opportunities to develop their businesses. Click here to listen to clips of the finalists and winners.

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Best Sellers – Fiction:  Check out these hot new titles.  More best seller lists can be found on our Catalog.
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Best Sellers – Nonfiction: Check out these hot new titles.  More best seller lists can be found on our Catalog.
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Black Caucus of the American Library Association Awards:  The Black Caucus of the American Library Association Awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

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Bram Stoker Award:  Each year, the Horror Writer’s Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work, Dracula. The Stoker Awards were instituted immediately after the organization’s incorporation in 1987.  Be sure to visit the Horror Writer’s Association website to see the short story, long fiction, fiction collection, anthology and poetry winners.

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Christy Awards: The Christy Awards are named in honor of Catherine Marshall’s novel and of her contribution to growth of the fiction Christians love to read.

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The Edgar Allan Poe Awards are named after the Mystery Writers of America’s patron saint, Edgar Allan Poe, and are awarded to authors of distinguished work in various categories of the genre. To learn more about the Edgar Award visit the Mystery Writers of America.

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Fiction ALA Notable Books: Selected by The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association, division of the American Library Association. For a full list of titles visit the ALA.

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The Hugo Award, also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award, is given annually by the World Science Fiction Society and is determined by nominations from and a popular vote of its membership. To view a complete listing of Hugo Award winners click here.

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James Beard Awards (Cookbooks):  The James Beard Foundation Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their field. The Awards are presented by The James Beard Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to furthering the appreciation and practice of fine food and beverage. The James Beard Foundation Awards were established in 1990 through the merging of the two most prominent culinary awards in North America at the time: The R.T. French Tastemaker Cookbook Awards and the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. To learn more about the James Beard Foundation or the award visit them online at: http://www.jamesbeard.org.

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National Book Award – Fiction:  The National Book Awards are given out by the National Book Foundation with the goal of enhancing the public’s awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general. For a complete list of winners visit the National Book Foundation

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National Book Award – Nonfiction: The National Book Awards are given out by the National Book Foundation with the goal of enhancing the public’s awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general. For a complete list of winners visit the National Book Foundation

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National Book Award – Poetry:  The National Book Awards are given out by the National Book Foundation with the goal of enhancing the public’s awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general. For a complete list of winners visit the National Book Foundation

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The Nebula Awards are given out annually to the best Science Fiction and Fantasy works as judged by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. To view all past Nebula Award winners visit: http://www.sfwa.org/awards/

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New Business: New business books added to the catalog.

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New Fiction selections just added to the catalog.

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New Lifestyles: New Lifestyle selections just added to our catalog. Inspirational, Self-Help, Health living, etc.

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New Nonfiction: Selections just added to our catalog.

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New Past & Present: New selections just added to our catalog such as History, Biographies, Current issues, and more.

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New Romance: New romance titles added to the catalog.

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New Science and Nature: Selections just added to our catalog.

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Nobel Prize for Literature: Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Nonfiction ALA Notable Books: Selected by The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association, division of the American Library Association. For a full list of titles visit the ALA.

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Oprah’s Book ClubOprah’s Book Club selections are chosen by Oprah Winfrey and featured on the Oprah website.

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PEN/Faulkner Award:  “When William Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950, he gave a speech memorable for its insistence on the survival of all that is noble in the human spirit, especially the talent and inspiration of the writer. Then he gave away the prize money to establish a fund to support and encourage new fiction writers. The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is the successor to William Faulkner’s generosity. It is an award designed to be independent of the demands of the publishing industry, free from all constraints of sales and marketing, free to flow from the judgment of a writer’s peers.” — penfaulkner.org.  For more information on the PEN/Faulkner Award visit http://www.penfaulkner.org

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Pulitzer Prize – Biography: The Pulitzer Prize is named for journalist Joseph Pulitzer and is awarded annually to works determined by the Pulitzer Prize Board to be distinguished. For a complete list of winners go to http://www.pulitzer.org

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Pulitzer Prize – Fiction: The Pulitzer Prize is named for journalist Joseph Pulitzer and is awarded annually to works determined by the Pulitzer Prize Board to be distinguished. For a complete list of winners go to http://www.pulitzer.org

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Pulitzer Prize – History: The Pulitzer Prize is named for journalist Joseph Pulitzer and is awarded annually to works determined by the Pulitzer Prize Board to be distinguished. For a complete list of winners go to http://www.pulitzer.org

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Pulitzer Prize – NonfictionThe Pulitzer Prize is named for journalist Joseph Pulitzer and is awarded annually to works determined by the Pulitzer Prize Board to be distinguished. For a complete list of winners go to http://www.pulitzer.org

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Pulitzer Prize – PoetryThe Pulitzer Prize is named for journalist Joseph Pulitzer and is awarded annually to works determined by the Pulitzer Prize Board to be distinguished. For a complete list of winners go to http://www.pulitzer.org

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RITA Award (Romance)The RITA Awards, named after the Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) first president, Rita Clay Estrada, are presented annually by the RWA to the best novels in romantic fiction. RITA Award entrants are judged by fellow romance writers for quality in writing and overall excellence.

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The Spur Awards are given annually for distinguished writing about the American West by the Western Writers of America. To learn more about the Spur Awards or to see a complete list of winners visit: http://www.westernwriters.org.

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Stonewall: Barbara Gittings Literature Award (GLBT)The first and most enduring award for lesbigay books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table. To learn more about the Stonewall Book Awards and to see previous winners click here.

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Stonewall: Israel Fishman Nonficiton Award (GLBT): The first and most enduring award for lesbigay books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table. To learn more about the Stonewall Book Awards and to see previous winners click here.