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Emily St. John Mandel takes Indie Booksellers' Choice Award
Emily St. John Mandel
left) was one of the winners at the first annual Indie Booksellers'
Choice Awards, presented in a standing-room only ceremony that was
recently hosted by comedian David Rees at the Housing Works Bookstore
in New York City. Mandel, one of today's most talented emerging
novelists, took an IBCA for her sophomore novel "The Singer's Gun"
indie publisher Melville House and the industry trade publication Shelf
Awareness, five favorite books published by independent publishers were
selected by independent bookseller across the nation to be displayed in
"The award grew out of my distaste for most literary prizes," said
Melville House's Dennis Johnson. "The point is usually to laud some
individual or book that doesn't really need the stroking. We wanted to
come up with something that would better support the ecosystem we live
in. The IBCA is good for the author, good for the bookseller, and good
for the publisher, and so it's good for art and industry."
The Singer's Gun tells the story
of Anton, a successful middle manager in New York City whose life
disintegrates after a routine background check discovers false
accolades and diplomas. Mandel's first novel, Last Night in
Montreal, was among the most critically acclaimed debuts of
2009. Her short fiction will appear in "Venice Noir," an anthology
forthcoming from Akashic Books in 2012.
The awards, handed out by Rees and New York Times book reporter Julie
Bosman, went to:
Paolo Bacigalupi for The Windup Girl (Night Shade Books)
Adam Levin for The Instructions by (McSweeney's)
Emily St. John Mandel for The Singer's Gun (Unbridled)
Karl Marlantes for Matterhorn (Grove/Atlantic)
Nina Revoyr for Wingshooters (Akashic)
to learn more about Indie Booksellers' Choice Awards. Emily St. John
Mandel has a website
and is at Facebook.
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