Indie Lit Awards – The Short Lists!

The Indie Lit Awards

The short lists have been determined for The Independent Literary Awards. As you may recall, I am a judge for the Lit Fiction panel. It took three tie-breakers to come up with our short list but I am loving the Lit Fiction list that you all came up with. Thank you for taking the time to nominate a book. Now, on to the important stuff… the lists!

2010 Shortlist for GLBTQ

  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter
  • Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Krakow Melt by Daniel Allen Cox
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
  • Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

2010 Short List for Literary Fiction (isn’t this a great list?)

  • C by Tom McCarthy
  • Great House by Nicole Krauss
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye

The 2010 Short List for Non-Fiction

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
  • Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
  • At Home by Bill Bryson
2010 Shortlist for Speculative Fiction
  • Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  • Kraken by China Mieville
  • Dante’s Journey by JC Marino
  • How to Live Safely in a SF Universe by Yu
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin

I downloaded all of the lit fiction books to my Kindle and will be reading them through the end of January. This is in addition to the reading list that I already had in place, so I must get cracking. We’re hoping to have a winner by February 1, 2011.

So, if you’re looking for something to read, why not pick up one of these titles?

24 thoughts on “Indie Lit Awards – The Short Lists!”

  1. Wow, some great books on that list! One thing though, I just DID NOT get Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. Well, I mean, I got it, but I didn’t understand all the hype. I was actually a little bored with it. But other than that, I think you are going to have a great January!

  2. It’s with great shame that I admit I haven’t read any of the short listed books, despite having a good few on Mt. TBR. Terrible, huh? Hopefully I’ll be turning this situation around soon. In the meantime, I’ll be anxiously awaiting the winners! 🙂

    1. You’re probably a bit like me. I steer clear of the obvious best sellers or the books getting all the hype. Because of this, I haven’t read any of the books either. I will be reading all 5 of those lit fiction books over the next two weeks though so I have my work cut out for me.


      1. I have to get busy with at least three of the literary fiction titles that I do have with me here. C, Room, and Great House. I’m especially looking forward to reading Nicole Krauss because many bloggers have liked The History of Love, which I have yet to read.

  3. I disagree with Sandy – I *loved* Major Pettigrew – even Jim loved it! But I think it definitely has people divided, for some reason.

    Fun lists! I think I’ll wait for you to tell me which ones to read among those I haven’t read! :–)

    1. The book was slow-going but maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for it. I plan to pick it up again and now that it’s shortlisted for the indie award, I’ll have to read it sooner.

  4. I’m intrigued by these lists –especially the NF. I loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and just downloaded The Warmth of Other Suns as well. I’m surprised Unbroken is not on that list, but perhaps it is because it was a year end release?

    1. The books were nominated by bloggers so I’m not sure why Unbroken wasn’t on it. Perhaps people just thought it would be nominated so they didn’t post their comment. I’m surprised Matterhorn did not make the Lit Fiction list.

  5. I’m so glad to see that two of the best books I read this year are on the short list (Safe From the Sea and Room). They were also named Great Group Reads for the WNBA in October so your list has good company. 🙂 Two of the other three are on my list to read eventually as well.

  6. I’m on the NonFic judging panel, and was also surprised that Unbroken didn’t make the short list. I think it may have been published too close to the nominations cutoff – and I’ve seen very few blogger reviews of it so far, so I wonder if many bloggers got pre-pub copies. I got it for Christmas, though :-).

    I will be making my way through the NF shortlist on my Kindle too. It’ll be a busy reading month!

  7. When did Unbroken release? Since the nominations cut off on Dec. 15, Florinda is probably right — not enough people got advanced copies (ahem, publishers… great reason to send out early copies!). I am so excited! I know all of the fantastic judges and panelists have their work cut out for them — you all are seriously superheros for getting all of this work done. I have had an incredible response from the authors so far… they are all very excited and honored to be noticed by the book blogging community.

    Good luck with all the reading Ti and thanks again for being such an incredible judge!

  8. I’ve heard Major Pettigrew is a wonderful audiobook – I hope to get a copy soon. Also, Safe From the Sea is on my 2010 favorites list – I really liked it.

    1. I just finished Pettigrew today. It was very enjoyable. I am now reading Safe from the Sea so it’s good to know that you liked it.

  9. Hi Ti,
    I’ll have to check this list out. Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my place, Just Books. A word of warning. Reading challenges are very additive. lol Have a great day!

    Just Books

  10. What an exciting thing to be part of. I’ve read four of the five fiction nominees. I didn’t enjoy C very much at all, Pettigrew was enjoyable but a lighter read than I like. Room was original and tense so I enjoyed it, and I love Krauss’ writing but thought Great House was too disjointed to be truly great. Geye’s book is on its way from the library and I’m hoping it’s the show stopper of the group. I’m glad I read all of them and would recommend them to everyone, except C, but I seem to be the odd man out on that one. Thanks for posting these and I hope you enjoy them all.

    1. Your opinions of the books you’ve read are pretty much what I have in mind before reading them. I just finished Pettigrew and although it is lighter than I like, it did have some very large themes. I just stated Safe from the Sea. Looking forward to reading all of them here within the next couple of weeks.

  11. Great list! I have Major Pet… on my ipod and I own the book! I will listen early 2011 (once life settles back into our quiet routine).

    I didn’t like Room but it is a unique story… it’s on every list. I also want to read Cleopatra, it’s getting great reviews!

  12. I haven’t read any of those books, with the exception of the one I nominated on the Non-Fic list, Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell. (I’m very glad to see that it made the short list!) Happy reading and I look forward to your thoughts on the Lit Fic nominees!

    1. I heard an interview with the author of Let’s Take the Long Way Home and I immediately added it to my list. She read some of it and it was beautifully written.

  13. Love that literary short list! If I had managed to finish Major Pettigrew before year’s end, it would have been in my top five books of the year. And I’ve got Room and Safe From The Sea on tap soon. Must admit, though, that I haven’t even heard of “C.”

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