2011 Awards Round-up (8): So Many Winners…

I’m playing catch-up.  There’s been an avalanche of announcements since my last round-up on September 17th.  As usual,  the order is winners, shortlists and then longlists.


The 2011 St. Francis College Literary Award was awarded to Jonathan Dee for his novel, The Privileges, on September 17, 2011.

Edna O’Brien has won the  2011  Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award with her book, Saints and Sinners. Announced on September 19, 2011.

It was announced on October 3, 2011 that the 2012 Neustadt International Prize for Literature has been awarded to Indian-Canadian Writer Rohinton Mistry.  I love everything of his that I’ve read :).

On October 6th, the Nobel Prize in Literature 2011 was awarded to Tomas Tranströmer “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality“.  (The official press release).

Mai Nasara

The $100,000 NLNG  Literature Prize for 2011 has been awarded to Mai Nasara for his book,  The Missing Clock.  Thanks to ImageNations for the notice.

Roberto Saviano was named winner of the PEN/Pinter international writer of courage award on October 11, 2011.  The award is shared between a British writer and an international writer of courage.  The playwright David Hare won the award in August and worked with PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee to choose the international winner. Saviano has been in hiding since exposing the Neopolitan Mafia in his book, Gomorrah: Italy’s Other Mafia. See this Guardian article for more information on the prize.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 was won by Julian Barnes for The Sense Of An Ending”, per the announcement of October 18th, 2011.

The winners of the 2011 World Fantasy Awards were announced on October 29, 2011 during the World Fantasy Convention. The winner in the Best Novel Category is Nnedi Okorafor for Who Fears Death.  This prize was completely unknown to me till Nnedi tweeted about her prize.  The winners and nominees in the novel and novella categories are:


  • winner Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death (DAW)
  • Lauren Beukes, Zoo City (Jacana (South Africa)/Angry Robot)
  • N K Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, (Orbit)
  • Graham Joyce, The Silent Land (Gollancz/Doubleday)
  • Guy Gavriel Kay, Under Heaven (Viking Canada/Roc/Harper Voyager UK)
  • Karen Lord, Redemption In Indigo (Small Beer Press)


  • winner Elizabeth Hand, “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” (Stories: All-New Tales)
  • Elizabeth Bear, Bone and Jewel Creatures (Subterranean Press)
  • Michael Byers, The Broken Man (PS Publishing)
  • Tim Lebbon, “The Thief of Broken Toys” (ChiZine Publications)
  • GRR Martin, “The Mystery Knight” (Warriors)
  • Rachel Swirsky, “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” (Subterranea, Summer 2010)

Additional categories include short story, anthology and collection.  Be sure to check out the website of the prize for all the listings.

The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature 2011 was awarded to György Dragomán for The White King. I really want to read this book!

The académie Goncourt announced on November 3, 2011 that Alex Jenni had won the 2011 Prix Goncourt for his novel L’Art francais de la guerre (The French Art of War). The shortlist, or secondary selection, also included the following novels:

  • Retour à Killybegs by Sorj Chalendon
  • Tout, Tout de Suite Morgan by Sportès
  • Les Souvenirs by David Foenkinos Kindle
  • La Belle Amour Humaine by Lyonel Trouillot
  • Du Domaine des Murmures by Carole Martinez
  • Rien ne s’oppose à la nuit by Delphine de Vigan

For more information on the winner, see these articles:  Guardian; Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  We are still waiting on the English translation of the 2009 winning book.

The Prix Renaudot, which was created “created in 1926 by ten art critics awaiting the results of the deliberation of the jury of the Prix Goncourt” (Wikipedia) also announced its winner on November 3, 2011. It was won by Emmanuel Carrère for his new novel LimonovThis Three Percent article has a lot information on the book.

Francisco Goldman has won the Prix Femina Etranger for the French translation of his novel, Say Her Name.  Announced on November 7, this award goes to the best foreign novel in France.  For more info, see this Three Percent article.

For more information on the 2011 Literary Award Season in France, please see the article on france.fr.

On November 8, 2011, Esi Edugyan was named the winner of the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel, Half-Blood Blues.  The finalists (announced on October 4, 2011) were:

  • David Bezmozgis for his novel The Free World
  • Lynn Coady for her novel The Antagonist
  • Patrick deWitt for his novel The Sisters Brothers
  • Esi Edugyan for her novel Half-Blood Blues
  • Zsuzsi Gartner for her short story collection Better Living Through Plastic Explosions
  • Michael Ondaatje for his novel The Cat’s Table

The winners and runner-ups  for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, announced on November 14th,  are:


  • Winner:  Chang-rae Lee for The Surrendered
  • Runner-Up: Maaza Mengiste for Beneath the Lion’s Gaze


  • Winner: Wilbert Rideau for In the Place of Justice
  • Runner-Up:  Isabel Wilkerson for The Warmth of Other Suns

Barbara Kingsolver also “received the first-ever Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award”.  For more information about the winners (eg. fascinating info about the non-fiction winner), please read this article at The Dayton Daily News.

The winners of the 2011 Golden Baobab Prize were announced in Accra on November 18, 2011.  They are:

  • Senior Category (for best story written for ages 12-15):  Ken Farnsworth for The Rooster
  • Junior Category (for best story written for ages 8-11):  Edyth Bulbring for Sour Worms
  • Rising Star Award (for a young writer 18 years and below):  Luc Hassbroek


The shortlist for the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was announced during the South Asian Literature Festival, which was held in London from October 7 – 24.  The books on the shortlist are:

  •    U.R. Ananthamurthy: Bharathipura (Oxford University Press, India, Translated by Susheela Punitha)
  •   Chandrakanta: A Street in Srinagar (Zubaan Books, India, Translated by Manisha Chaudhry)
  •   Usha K.R: Monkey-man (Penguin/Penguin India)
  • Shehan Karunatilaka: Chinaman (Random House, India)
  •   Tabish Khair: The Thing About Thugs (Fourth Estate/HarperCollins-India)
  •   Kavery Nambisan: The Story that Must Not Be Told (Viking/Penguin India)

The winner will be announced at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival on January 21st,  2012.

The shortlist for the 2011 Green Carnation Prize was announced on November 2, 2011.  The books on the list are:

  • The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge – Patricia Duncker
  • The Proof of Love – Catherine Hall
  • Red Dust Road – Jackie Kay
  • Remembrance of Things I Forgot – Bob Smith
  • Ever Fallen in Love – Zoe Strachan
  • The Empty Family – Colm Toibin

The winner will announced on December 7, 2011.

The Shortlist for the Guardian First Book Award was released on November 11, 2011.  The books on the list are:

  • Pigeon English, by Stephen Kelman
  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Down The Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos
  • The Collaborator by Mirza Waheed
  • The Submission by Amy Waldman

Guardian Books has excepts from each of the shortlisted books.

The shortlist for the 2011 Costa Book Awards was announced on November 15, 2011.  The books on the category shortlists are:

Novel Award:

  • Julian Barnes for The Sense of an Ending
  • John Burnside for A Summer of Drowning
  • Andrew Miller for Pure
  • Louisa Young for My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

First Novel Award:

  • Kevin Barry  for City of Bohane
  • Patrick McGuinness  for The Last Hundred Days
  • Christie Watson for Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
  • Kerry Young  for Pao

Poetry Award :

  • Carol Ann Duffy for The Bees
  • David Harsent  for Night
  • Jackie Kay for Fiere
  • Sean O’Brien for November

Additional categories are Children’s Book Award and Biography Award.  To read all the shortlists, please visit the Costa Book Awards site.  Category winners will be announced on January 4, 2012 and the overall winner (of the £30,000 prize) will be announced on January 24th, 2012.


The 12-book longlist for the 2012 MAN Asian Literary Prize was announced on October 29, 2011.  The books (from Japan, Iran, China, India, Pakistan, South Korea and Bangladesh) on the list are:

  • Jamil Ahmad(Pakistan) – The Wandering Falcon
  • Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh) – The Good Muslim
  • Jahnavi Barua (India) – Rebirth
  • Rahul Bhattacharya (India) – The Sly Company of People Who Care
  • Mahmoud Dowlatabadi  (Iran) – The Colonel
  • Amitav Ghosh (India) – River of Smoke
  • Haruki Murakami (Japan) – 1Q84
  • Anuradha Roy (India) – The Folded Earth
  • Kyung-Sook Shin (South Korea) – Please Look After Mom
  • Tarun J. Tejpal (India) – The Valley of Masks
  • Yan Lianke  (China) – Dream of Ding Village
  • Banana Yoshimoto  (Japan) – The Lake

The shortlist will be announced on January 10, 2012.

The 13-book longlist for International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2012 was announced on November 10, 2012. Arabic Literature (in English) list the entire longlist with information on the writers. The winner will be announced on “Tuesday 27 March 2012, on the eve of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair”.

I think that I will have to stop here.


Coming up in the next round-up:  The 2nd catch-up; The IMPAC; Shadow Juries.



  1. Wow, this is wonderful! I can see I shall have to print this out and refer to it. So many intriguing-sounding books that I’d like to explore further. Thank you so much for putting this together!


  2. Kinna, thank you so much for flagging all these books, I’ve added several to my wishlist. I’m especially curious about Nnedi Okorafor’s “Who Fears Death”.


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