Recent Award Winners

Pulitzer Prize, 2022

The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family 

by Joshua Cohen

Jewish historian Ruben Blum becomes part of the hiring committee interviewing an exiled Israeli scholar for a position at Corbin College the winter of 1959-1960.

National Book Award, 2022


The Rabbit Hutch 

by Tess Gunty

Set in the post-industrial Midwest, this story of loneliness and community, entrapment and freedom, follows Blandine, who lives with three other teens in a run-down apartment building known as the Rabbit Hutch, as she embarks on a quest for transcendence that culminates in a shocking act of violence. 

National Book Award, 2022

Translated Literature

Seven Empty Houses 

by Samanta Schweblin, trans. Megan McDowell

Published for the first time in English, Schweblin presents seven stories in which seven houses are devoid of love or life or furniture, of people or the truth or of memories, but something always creeps back in. 

International Booker Prize, 2022

Tomb of Sand by Geetanjai Shree, trans. Daisy Rockwell

After her husband’s death, an 80-year old woman makes surprising life changes and travels back to Pakistan with her daughter.

British Book Awards, 2022


Sorrow & Bliss by Meg Mason

Even though her husband, Patrick, says she is fine, Martha knows she isn’t.

British Book Awards, 2022

Page Turner

Small Pleasures 

by Clare Chambers

In 1957 London, local journalist Jean investigates Gretchen, a woman who claims she had a virgin birth, and falls hard for Gretchen’s husband.

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British Book Awards, 2022

Crime & Thriller

The Dark Remains 

by William McIlvDanney and Ian Rankin

Detective Inspector Jack Laidaw’s first case in Glasgow.  

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British Book Awards, 2022

Debut Novel

Open Water 

by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Two young Black British people with similar stories fall in love after meeting at a pub.
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PEN America Literary Awards, 2022

Debut Novel

Detransition, Baby 

by Torrey Peters

Reese and Ames end their relationship when Ames detransitions. After Ames finds out his lover, Katrina, is pregnant with his baby, the three think about creating a family together.

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Hugo Awards, 2022


Network Effect by Martha Wells

The first full-length Murderbot novel, starring Murderbot – an android created by scientists but controlled by itself after hacking its own governor module.
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Hugo Awards, 2022


A Pslam for the Wild Built 

by Becky Chambers

A comforting sci-fi novella about a non-binary tea monk and a robot having semi-philosophical conversations.

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Nebula Awards, 2022


A Master of Djinn by P. Djèli̒ Clark

In a steampunk 1912 Cairo, Agent Fatma of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities is charged with figuring out who is impersonating al-Jahiz, a historical figure, and murdering in his name.
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- Nebula Awards, 2022

- World Fantasy Awards, 2022


And What Can We Offer You Tonight 

by Premee Mohamed

In a dystopian society, courtesan Jewel and a murdered friend who comes back to life seek revenge.

World Fantasy Awards, 2022


The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Trapped in a ruined temple that once held mysterious magic, exiled Princess Malini meets Priya, the regeant's servant assigned to clean her chambers. 

Locus Awards, 2022

Science Fiction

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine (Teixcalaan #2) 

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it. In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity. 

Locus Awards, 2022


Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee (The Green Bone Saga #3)

The Kaul family, as the world demands access to jade and the supernatural abilities it provides, must discern allies from enemies, set aside bloody rivalries and make terrible sacrifices to ensure the survival of the Green Bone clans and the nation they are sworn to protect. 
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- Locus Awards, 2022


- Bram Stoker Awards, 2021


My Heart is a Chainsaw 

by Stephen Graham Jones

Intense and gory, this book is from the perspective of Jade, a 17-year-old girl who starts seeing the things that happen in horror films she watches happening in her town.

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Bram Stoker Awards,


First Novel

Queen of Teeth 

by Hailey Piper

Yaya finds teeth between her legs and then AlphaBeta Pharmaceutical company starts to ruin her life.

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Edgar Awards, 2022

Best Novel

Five Decembers 

by James Kestrel

Just before the attack on Pearl Harbor, police detective Joe McGrady investigates a homicide in Honolulu.

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Edgar Awards, 2022

First Novel

Deer Season 

by Erin Flanagan 

Ray Elkins Mystery #3: On the northern shore of Lake Michigan, a local TV anchorwoman is shot while getting the mail.

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Romance Writeres of America VIVIAN Awards, 2021

Historical Romance

Ten Things I Hate About the Duke 

by Loretta Chase

In this reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Cassandra is ruining the family reputation and the Duke of Ashmont tries to win her heart.
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Romance Writers of America VIVIAN Awards, 2021

Mainstream Romance

An Everyday Hero 

by Laura Trentham

30-year-old Greer ends up doing community service at a nonprofit that aids veterans and meets Ally, a sharp-tongued teenager whose father just died in war, and Emmett, a struggling veteran.

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Romance Writers of America VIVIAN Awards, 2021

Speculative Romance

A Stitch in Time 

by Kelley Armstrong

Bronwyn inherits her aunt’s haunted manor and reconnects with William, the boy (now man) from two centuries ago who she visited as a child.

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Society of American Historians Prize for Historical Fiction, 2021

Conjure Women 

by Afia Atakora

The interconnected stories of three women living on a plantation in the South before and after the Civil War: healing woman Miss May Belle, her daughter Rue, and the daughter of the plantation owner, Varina.

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David J. Langum Sr. Prize, 2021


by Michael Punke

An historical action book based on conflict between Crazy Horse and the Lakota and the white settlers intent on destroying the Lakota and claiming the land in December 1866.

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Agatha Awards, 2021

Contemporary Novel

Cajun Kiss of Death 

by Ellen Byron

The 7th book in the Cajun Country cozy mystery series set in Pelican, Louisiana and starring Maggie Crozat, daughter of B&B owners.
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Agatha Awards, 2021

Historical Novel 

Death at Greenway 

by Lori Rader-Day

After being dismissed as a nurse in training in London, Bridey goes to Greenway House – Agatha Christie’s old holiday home. There, she cares for children evacuated because of the Blitz and is shocked when a murder victim’s body is found.
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Agatha Awards, 2021

First Novel

Arsenic and Adobo 

by Mia P. Manansala

While trying to save a restaurant, Lila becomes a suspect when her food critic ex-boyfriend dies.
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Stonewall Awards, 2022

Barbara Gittings Literature Award

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

At 7 months pregnant, Vern escapes a religious compound and gives birth in the woods.
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Lambda Awards, 2022

Lesbian Fiction

Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie

Skye is forty and living out of a suitcase when a twelve-year old shows up and tells Skye she was born from one of the eggs that Skye donated fifteen years ago.
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Lambda Awards, 2022

Gay Fiction

100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell

A book of funny, sometimes heartbreaking, often chaotic and brutally honest short stories about the lives and sexual experiences of gay men. 
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Lambda Awards, 2022

Bisexual Fiction

We Want What We Want 

by Alix Ohlin

Thirteen very different short stories about people’s lives, families, desires, and surprises.
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Lambda Awards, 2022

Transgender Fiction

Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton

Gala, a young trans woman, is obsessed with a band that stopped making music called the Get Happies and begins to write to B—-, the band’s leader.
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National Jewish Book Award, 2021

Miller Family Book Club Award

The Hidden Palace 

by Helene Wecker

This sequel to The Golem and the Jinni continues to explore the lives of Chava – a golem – and Ahmad – a jinni – from the beginning of the 1900s up to the start of WWI.
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National Jewish Book Award, 2021

JJ Greenberg Memorial Award for Fiction

The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen

Jewish historian Ruben Blum becomes part of the hiring committee interviewing an exiled Israeli scholar for a position at Corbin College the winter of 1959-1960.