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The Independent Literary Awards

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What is it?

The Independent Literary Awards are book awards given by literary bloggers. The Independent Literary Awards is currently in its inaugural year and will be presenting the winners for the 2010 calendar year in February of 2011.

What genres are included?

The genres that will be represented and receiving awards for 2010 are:

GLBTQ
Literary Fiction
Mystery
Non-Fiction
Speculative Fiction

How do I nominate a book?

Visit this site, select the genre you are interested in, and submit your nomination in the comment portion of the post.

Things to remember when you nominate a book:

-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).

-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 and please make one of those genres Literary Fiction (gotta plug the category).

-Nominations close December 15, 2010.

So, Ti… why are you telling us about this?

Well, I love books but Lyndsey and I are judges for the Literary Fiction category and guess who’s on our panel?

Jill – Fizzy Thoughts
Matt – A Guy’s Moleskin Notebook
Meg – Write Meg
Melody – Fingers and Prose

They rock. Since we are the Literary Fiction panel. Here is our shameless plug button:

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It will be hard to determine one winner, but I can’t wait to see what makes the short list.

Review: Middlesex

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Middlesex
By Jeffrey Eugenides
Picador
2002
544pp

The Short of It:

Middlesex is smartly written, richly layered and brilliant.

The Rest of It:

I raise one fist (male typically) and begin to beat on the walls of my eggshell until it cracks. Then, slippery as yolk, I dive headfirst into the world” (211).

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is about Cal Stephanides. Cal is a hermaphrodite and it’s through his narration that we learn about 5-alpha-reductase deficiency and how it affected his development. Cal begins his story in the present day and then takes us back to the beginning, where his grandparents, Lefty and Desdemona make a decision that will forever change his life.

I hesitate to go into too much detail as there is so much to be discovered in this book, and those discoveries should be made by you, at your own pace. What I can say, is that Middlesex blew me away. It’s a complex, meaty type of read but the best kind of read…one told with humor and a definite voice.

It’s epic in scope but remarkably readable. The themes of identity, re-birth, transformation, race relations and nature vs. nurture are balanced out with humor and characters that breathe the same air we do. These themes speak to everyone, which is probably why Middlesex won the Pulitzer for fiction in 2003.

I read this novel for my Contemporary Lit class and it was well-received by everyone. Even the non-readers in the class had something to say about this book and although I finished it weeks ago, I am still re-reading passages. It’s definitely one of my faves for 2010.

If this novel escaped your radar when it first came out, I urge you to pick it up now.

Source: Purchased for my Contemporary Lit class.