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2012 Indies Choice and E.B. White Book Award finalists announced

Posted: March 8, 2012 - 12:03am

Tarrytown, NY.— The 2012 Indies Choice and E.B. White Book Awards finalists were announced last week by the American Booksellers Association. The nominations for the Indies Choice awards are drawn from titles on the 2011 Indie Next Lists, recommendations by independent booksellers nationwide, and were chosen by a jury of indie booksellers. The E.B. White Awards, selected for their language, themes and appeal to all age groups, are chosen by children’s bookseller members of the ABC Group at ABA.

The winners of both awards are chosen through voting by the independent bookstore members of the ABA. Winners will be announced on April 5.

This year’s finalists are:

BOOK OF THE YEAR - ADULT FICTION

• The Cat’s Table, by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf)

• Everything Beautiful Began After, by Simon Van Booy (Harper Perennial)

• 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel (Trans.) (Knopf)

• The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

• Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury USA)

• Wingshooters, by Nina Revoyr (Akashic Books)

BOOK OF THE YEAR - ADULT NONFICTION

• Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, by Gabrielle Hamilton (Random House)

• Blue Nights, by Joan Didion (Knopf)

• Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie (Random House)

• Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, by Tony Horwitz (Henry Holt & Co.)

• Townie: A Memoir, by Andre Dubus III (W.W. Norton)

• What It Is Like to Go to War, by Karl Marlantes (Atlantic Monthly Press)

BOOK OF THE YEAR - ADULT DEBUT

• The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach (Little, Brown)

• Mourad: New Moroccan, by Mourad Lahlou (Artisan)

• Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles (Viking Adult)

• The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht (Random House)

• We the Animals, by Justin Torres (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

• You Know When the Men Are Gone, by Siobhan Fallon (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)

BOOK OF THE YEAR - YOUNG ADULT

• Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, by Joe Schreiber (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

• Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel)

• Legend, by Marie Lu (Putnam Juvenile)

• A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea From Siobhan Dowd, by Patrick Ness, Jim Kay (Illus.) (Candlewick Press)

• Shine, by Lauren Myracle (Amulet Books)

• Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories, Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant (Eds.) (Candlewick Press)

E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD AWARD - MIDDLE READER

• The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr (Illus.) (Putnam Juvenile)

• Bluefish, by Pat Schmatz (Candlewick Press)

• The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, Barry Moser (Illus.) (Peachtree)

• The Flint Heart, by Katherine Paterson and John Paterson, John Rocco (Illus.) (Candlewick Press)

• Liesl & Po, by Lauren Oliver, Kei Acedera (Illus.) (HarperCollins)

• Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.) (Balzer + Bray)

E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD AWARD - PICTURE BOOK

• I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)

• King Hugo’s Huge Ego, by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick Press)

• Press Here, by Hervé Tullet (Chronicle Books)

• Stars, by Mary Lyn Ray, Marla Frazee (Illus.) (Beach Lane Books)

• Over and Under the Snow, by Kate Messner, Christopher Silas Neal (Illus.) (Chronicle Books)

• Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.) (Chronicle Books)

PICTURE BOOK HALL OF FAME

• Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban (Illus.) (HarperCollins)

• Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle (Henry Holt & Co.)

• Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, Lois Ehlert (Illus.) (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

• Curious George, by H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

• Goodnight Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam Juvenile/Puffin)

• Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)

• The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper (Grosset & Dunlap / Philomel)

• Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney (Viking Juvenile/Puffin)

• The Napping House, by Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Illus.) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

• Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/Aladdin)

• Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

• The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illus.) (Viking Juvenile/Puffin)

MOST ENGAGING AUTHOR

• M.T. Anderson

• John Green

• Walter Mosley

• Ann Patchett

• Richard Russo

• Brian Selznick

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