Book Bingo: Prize-winner

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

Yes, you should probably check out the big prize winners of the Pulitzer, Man Booker, and National Book Awards. But why not shake things up and try a lesser-known award, like the winner of the Spur Award for Westerns? I lassoed some other award winners too, most of which double as other bingo categories.

Joy Williams’ piercing, memorable tales shine light on the darkness that awaits in everyday life. Her most recent collection, The Visiting Privilege, contains several new stories mixed with highlights from previous works. The 2016 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story is a much-deserved recognition for this underrated author.

I’m a reluctant cook, so I’m glad that there’s a bingo square for cookbooks this year to force me out of my comfort zone. Or I might get really ambitious and try two cookbooks, since this one, V is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks by Michael Anthony, could also count as an award winner – a James Beard Foundation Book Award to be exact.

There are numerous categories for the National Book Critics Circle, but the General Nonfiction Award winner this year, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, seemed particularly notable and timely.

This year’s gripping winner of the NAACP Image Award for Fiction, Stand Your Ground by Victoria Christopher Murray, seems ripped from the headlines: a black teenage boy has been shot by a white man. Will justice be served?

Don’t forget the aforementioned Spur Awards! As a librarian I am embarrassed to admit that this award was not on my radar before. Join me in trying out this year’s Best Western Historical Novel, Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale.

In Wake Up Happy by Michael Strahan, this popular former football player and current day-time TV host narrates his own Audie Award-winning advice book about changing your life for the better.

Finally, the Lambda Literary Awards recognize achievements in LGBTQ fiction and nonfiction. Try out Irrepressible: the Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham, a fascinating investigation of a notorious early-20th Century woman, and Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: a Voice for Cultural Competency by Willy Wilkinson, a powerful contemporary memoir, the winners of the 2016 Best Bisexual Nonfiction and Best Transgender Nonfiction respectively.

~ posted by Eric G.

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