The 2011 Indie Lit Award Winners

2011 Indie Lit Awards

The 2011 Indie Lit Award winners have been announced!

2011 Indie Lit Award Winners


Winner: Little Princes by Conor Grennan
Runner-Up: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua


Winner: Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender by Nick Krieger
Runner-Up: Huntress by Malinda Lo


Winner: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Runner-Up: Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney


Winner: A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
Runner-Up: Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski


Winner:  Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckhoff
Runner-Up: Berlin 1961 by Frederick Kempe


Winner: Catalina by Laurie Soriano
Runner-Up: What Looks Like an Elephant by Edward Nudelman

Speculative Fiction

Winner: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Runner-Up: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Thanks to the Directors and panel members for all of their hard work!

If you love lists like I do…

2011 Indie Lit Awards

…then you won’t mind another! The short list for the 2011 Indie Lit Awards is up! I am very excited about it and can’t wait to see which ones will come out on top. Our panel members have quite the challenge ahead of them but as much work as it is, I quite enjoyed myself last year.

2011 Indie Lit Awards (Short List)

Biography/ Memoir

  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua (Penguin)
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur Books)
  • I Pray Hardest When Being Shot At by Kyle Garret (Hellgate Press)
  • Little Princes by Conor Grennan (William Morrow)
  • Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch (Harper)


  • Well With My Soul by Gregory Allen (ASD Publishing)
  • Swimming to Chicago by David Matthew Barnes (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Songs of the New Depression by Kergan Edwards-Stout (Circumspect Press)
  • Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender by Nick Krieger (Beacon Press)
  • Huntress by Melinda Lo (little brown books for young readers)


  • Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney (Syracuse University Press)
  • Cross Currents by John Shors (Penguin Group: NAL Trade)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Knopf/Doubleday Publishing Group)
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
  • The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene (Penguin Group)


  • Missing Daughter, Shattered Family by Liz Strange (MLR Press)
  • The Cut by George Pelecanos (Reagan Arthur/LIttle, Brown)
  • A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (St. Martin’s Press)
  • The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey (Dutton)
  • Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown)


  • Berlin 1961 by Frederick Kempe (Putnam Adult)
  • In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (Crown)
  • Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff (Harper)
  • Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku (Doubleday)
  • The Social Animal by David Brooks (Random House)


  • Beyond Scent of Sorrow by Sweta Vikram (Modern History Press)
  • Catalina by Laurie Soriano  (Lummox Press)
  • What Looks Like an Elephant by Edward Nudelman  (Lummox Press)
  • Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems by Ramos, Emma Eden  (Heavy Hands Ink)
  • Sonics in Warholia by Megan Volpert (Sibling Rivalry Press)

Speculative Fiction

  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Candlewick)
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman (Viking)
  • 11/22/1963 by Stephen King (Scribner)
  • Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor Books)
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Crown)

We expect to announce the winners in mid-March. If you’d like more info on the awards, check out the web page.

The Sunday Salon: Nominate Away!

2011 Indie Lit Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2011 Indie Lit Awards. This is your chance to gush about books. Okay, there is no section for gushing but you can nominate your favorite 2011 book and then if it wins, we’ll all gush about it together!

Here’s a blurb about the awards:

Independent Literary Awards are given to books that have been recommended and voted on by independent literary bloggers. Nominations are open to all readers, and are then voted upon by a panel of bloggers who are proficient in the genre they represent. Each panel is led by a Director who oversees the integrity of the process.

There are rules and stuff to pay attention to so read the nomination forms carefully to ensure that your nomination will be counted.

Go to this page to view the rules and nominate your faves!


September & The 2011 Indie Lit Awards

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You are probably wondering why I am even bringing September into the conversation since it’s barely August, right? Well, a long time ago I mentioned the Indie Lit Awards and asked you all to keep track of your favorite reads for 2011. Do you remember? No? Well, the Indie Lit Awards will be selecting the best books of 2011 and in September, book bloggers can nominate their picks!

There are rules and all that, which will be outlined on the nomination pages once they open, but basically…if you are a book blogger and have a 2011 book that you loved,  you can nominate it! So mark your calendars because September is almost here!

Go here for more info.

A Few Exciting Tidbits

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Bloggers are always asking me how to get books. Well, there are a lot of ways but wouldn’t it be wonderful if bloggers could sign-up to receive books? Well, this year’s Indie Lit Awards is going to help you with that. If you are a book blogger, interested in reviewing what could potentially be the best book of 2011, then head on over to the Indie Lit Awards site, select a genre, and sign-up to receive books.

Additionally, Wallace and I have decided to open the awards up to ALL readers. Meaning, that you don’t need to be a blogger to nominate a book. When nominations open in September, you…as a reader can nominate your fave books published in 2011. I’ll post more about the process as we get closer.

On a personal note, The Boy’s school year ends in two weeks! I can’t believe it. The short year is due to mandatory furlough days for the teachers, but I will be so glad when he is done. It’s been rough keeping him on track during his first year of middle school. He’s brilliant in so many ways, charismatic, and his teachers enjoy having him around but he’s so unorganized! His backpack is a walking disaster and I am tired of getting on him about it. I can’t wait to take all of his notebooks and just toss ’em. They have to glue their assignments into a spiral binder and they always fall out, everywhere. Can’t wait to ditch ’em.

Summer basketball is about the start-up for The Boy, yet no swimming lessons this year. I miss them. I use to spend so much time at the pool, reading and listening to the splashes in the background. It just screamed summer to me but they are both swimmers now so they aren’t needed. Somehow, sitting in a hot gym doesn’t have the same appeal.

Okay, that last part wasn’t too exciting but it’s exciting to me. I love when my kids are involved with stuff. I go crazy nuts keeping track of it all, but I love for them to make new friends and have fun. The Girl will be playing volleyball in the fall so her summer will be easy (just summer day camp).

What are you doing for the weekend? I am going to the dentist. I know… sooooo fun.

The Sunday Salon: Rainy and Gloomy but Hey, I’m not Working

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I am still a bit distracted and all over the place with my thoughts so to keep this brief, I will provide a list of what’s going on:

  1. Jill and I loved The Devil’s Star by Nesbo so now we are reading his next, US release (The Snowman). However, we realized yesterday that there is a book in between that has yet to be released here in the US. This gave us pause but you know what? We don’t care.
  2. I announced this past week that the Indie Lit Awards are back for another year of great reading. Check out the post because we’ll need your nominations come September and if you are in a position to promote the awards, please do so. We’d really appreciate it.
  3. It’s raining heavily right now in Southern California. So  much so, that I have water pouring into one of my dining room windows. Get out the buckets!
  4. I am about to drop The Girl off at her friend’s house for a play date, but the mom was like… “maybe come at noon” then she was like, “maybe come later” and then she was like, “maybe she can come for a little bit.” I honestly don’t know if I am supposed to drop her off or not. I’ve called and left messages but no one ever picks up. I guess I’ll find out when I drop her off. I have to remind myself that everyone is not like me. I’m a planner and not everyone is.
  5. I went to the mall yesterday for a girl fix and bought all sorts of girlie lotions and then when I got home I realized that I don’t like any of them, so I am going back to the mall to return them all. I’m sticking with my Philosophy stuff.
  6. Tonight I am making pork chops (wait for it) and apple sauce.

Hope you all have a nice Sunday! As rainy as our weather is, I’d take it over a work day. No doubt about that.

We’re Baaaaack: The 2011 Indie Lit Awards

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As you may recall, I had the privilege of being a Lit Fiction judge for last year’s Indie Lit Awards. It was a great experience. I met some great bloggers, befriended an author or two on Facebook (all of them rock stars!) and we read lots of great books. Honestly, I was just pleased to be a part of it.

This year, I am a Vice-Chair (fancy, eh?) to Wallace, who is the founder of the awards and once again I am honored to be a part of it. Wallace’s enthusiasm is contagious and rubs off on me in lots of good ways. It’s good for this forty-something (ahem) blogger to rub elbows with young, enterprising individuals. Keeps the juices flowing, you know?

Anyway, we have lots of great stuff planned and nominations open in September but what we need from you now is quite simple. We need you to read lots and lots of great books so that you can nominate them come September. Can you do that for us? All we ask is this:

  • You must be a literary blogger; and a link to your blog must be provided so we can verify this. (You may not be the author, publisher, or publicist of the book you are nominating).
  • Books nominated must have a 2011 release date.
  • You may nominate a book that has already been listed (the books with the most nominations will be what we add to the Long List).
  • You may nominate books in more than one genre, but only one per genre.
  • Nominations are open midnight PST September 1, 2011 – 11:59 PST December 31, 2011.

Why am I telling you about this so early? Well, it’s already March and the year seems to be flying by, but don’t worry, I will be talking about the awards off and on throughout the year so I won’t let you forget about them. If you want to stay up to date, follow us on Twitter @indielitawards.

Until then.. READ and if you really want to help us spread the word, grab a button and share it on your blog.

Lots of great bloggers are involved, check out the bio page to see if you know any of them, and if not… why not check ’em out?


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