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Most-Ordered Summer Fiction — Edelweiss

The top 30 most-ordered fiction titles, with a pub date before Aug 1, through Edelweiss in the past 60 days, as of 4/20/11.

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The next list will be available in the next two to three months.

1. State of Wonder by Patchett, Ann (HarperCollins/Harper) PubDate: Jun 7 2011
– HarperCollins

2.  Ghost Story by Butcher, Jim (Penguin Group (USA) Inc./Roc Hardcover) PubDate: Jul 26 2011

3.  Smokin’ Seventeen by Evanovich, Janet (Random House/Bantam) PubDate: Jun 21 2011

4. Dreams of Joy by See, Lisa (Random House/Random House) PubDate: May 31 2011

5. Portrait of a Spy by Silva, Daniel (HarperCollins/Harper) PubDate: Jul 19 2011

6. The Last Werewolf by Duncan, Glen (Random House/Knopf) PubDate: Jul 12 2011

7. Maine by Sullivan, J. Courtney (Random House/Knopf) PubDate: Jun 14 2011; Large Type, Thorndike, 9781410438379 7/6/2011 $33.99

8. ” target=”_blank”>Silver Girl by Hilderbrand, Elin (Hachette/Reagan Arthur Books) PubDate: Jun 21 2011

9. Caleb’s Crossing by Brooks, Geraldine (Penguin Group (USA) Inc./Viking Adult) PubDate: May 3 2011; Large Type, Thorndike, 9781410437341 5/4/2011 $35.99

10.  The Snowman by Nesbo, Jo (Random House/Knopf) PubDate: May 10 2011

11.  Against All Enemies by Clancy, Tom (Penguin/Putnam Adult) PubDate: Jun 14 2011; Large Type, Thorndike, 9781410440112 7/6/2011 $35.99

12.  Dead Reckoning by Harris, Charlaine (Penguin Group (USA) Inc./Ace Hardcover) PubDate: May 3 2011; Large Type, Thorndike, 9781410435088 5/4/2011 $33.99

13. Once Upon a River by Campbell, Bonnie Jo (W.W. Norton/W. W. Norton & Company) PubDate: Jul 5 2011; ; Large Type, Thorndike; 9781410440792 9/7/2011 $30.99

14. Robopocalypse by Wilson, Daniel H. (Random House/Doubleday) PubDate: Jun 7 2011

15. 10th Anniversary by Patterson, James and Paetro, Maxine (Hachette/Little, Brown and Company) PubDate: May 2 2011

16. One Summer by Baldacci, David (Hachette/Grand Central Publishing) PubDate: Jun 14 2011

17. The Devil All the Time by Pollock, Donald Ray (Random House/Doubleday) PubDate: Jul 12 2011

18. The Dog Who Came in from the Cold by Mccall Smith, Alexander (Random House/Pantheon) PubDate: Jun 21 2011

19. Faith by Haigh, Jennifer (HarperCollins/Harper) PubDate: May 10 2011

20. Sisterhood Everlasting by Brashares, Ann (Random House/Random House) PubDate: Jun 14 2011

21. Heat Wave by Thayer, Nancy (Random House/Ballantine Books) PubDate: Jun 21 2011

22. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Benjamin, Melanie (Random House/Delacorte Press) PubDate: Jul 26 2011

23. Iron House by Hart, John (Macmillan/Thomas Dunne Books) PubDate: Jul 12 2011; Large Type, Thorndike; 9781410438485 7/12/2011 $35.99

24. Vaclav & Lena by Tanner, Haley (Random House/The Dial Press) PubDate: May 17 2011

25. Before I Go To Sleep by Watson, S. J. (HarperCollins/Harper) PubDate: Jun 14 2011

26.  ” target=”_blank”>Tabloid City by Hamill, Pete (Hachette/Little, Brown and Company) PubDate: May 5 2011

27. The Hypnotist by Kepler, Lars (Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) PubDate: Jun 21 2011

28.  The Final Storm by Shaara, Jeff (Random House/Ballantine Books) PubDate: May 17 2011

29. Conquistadora by Santiago, Esmeralda (Random House/Knopf) PubDate: Jul 12 2011

30. The Kid by Sapphire (Penguin Group (USA) Inc./Penguin Press HC, The) PubDate: Jul 5 2011


First the NBCCs, then the Orange Prize Longlist, now the American Academy of Arts & Letters literary awards. I am in list heaven!

And no, I’m not going to try and read all these books and authors, too, alongside my Orange Prize Longlist reads and selected NBCC winning books. I’m nuts, but not quite that nuts.

Hey, I heard that!

One thing I’m confused about, there’s an award for a talented young playwright named Karen Russell. The only Karen Russell I know, and/or can find, is the writer who wrote the Orange Prize Longlisted book Swamplandia!, which I’m currently reading. I couldn’t find another Karen Russell who’s a playwright.

So, did they make a mistake or is this other Karen Russell just really obscure? The world may never know.

Anyway, enjoy:

Arts and Letters Awards in Literature

Eight Academy Awards in Literature of $7500 each are given annually to honor exceptional accomplishment in any genre.
Mark Doty, Alice Fulton, John Koethe, Colum McCann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Alex Ross, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Joseph Stroud

Award of Merit Medal for Drama

$10,000 and a medal to an outstanding playwright.   John Patrick Shanley

Benjamin H. Danks Award

$20,000 to recognize a talented, young playwright.   Karen Russell

E. M. Forster Award

$20,000 to a young writer from the United Kingdom or Ireland for a stay in the United States. Award jury: Anita Desai, Margaret Drabble, Paul Muldoon.   Rachel Seiffert

Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction

$5000 for the best work of first fiction (novel or short stories) published in 2010.   Brando Skyhorse, The Madonnas of Echo Park

Addison M. Metcalf Award

$10,000 to a young writer of fiction, nonfiction, drama, or poetry.   Matthea Harvey

Arthur Rense Poetry Prize

Triennial award of $20,000 to an exceptional poet.   David Wagoner

Rome Fellowships in Literature

A one-year residency (2011²2012) at the American Academy in Rome.   Matt Donovan and Suzanne Rivecca

Rosenthal Family Foundation Award

$10,000 to a young writer of considerable literary talent for a work published in 2010.   Monique Truong, Bitter in the Mouth

John Updike Award

A biennial award of $20,000 to a writer in mid-career who has demonstrated consistent excellence.   Tom Sleigh

Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award

$10,000 to a writer whose work merits recognition for the quality of its prose style.   Thomas Mallon

The top 25 book group discussion books of 2010, based on reports by book clubs, according to

I highlighted the titles I’ve read in a lovely shade of maroon:

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

4. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

5. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

6. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

7. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

8. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

9. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

10. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

12. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

13. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

14. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

14. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

16. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin

17. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

18. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

19. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

19. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

21. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

22. South of Broad by Pat Conroy

23. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

24. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

25. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

“The Help has been a mainstay on many bestseller lists for over a year now, and its appeal made it a must-read for book groups even in hardcover,” Carol Fitzgerald, president of, commented. “Also, it was nice to see To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010 on the list. We are certain that this was a re-read for many of the members of reporting book groups.”

I wait for this all year…

From Orange Prize website:


Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist announcement: 12 April

Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist readings: 6 June

Awards ceremony: 8 June

London, 16 March 2011: The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2011 longlist. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing throughout the world.

  • Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) – Sudanese; 3rd Novel
  • Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch (Canongate) – British; 10th Novel
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (Picador) – Irish; 7th Novel
  • The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury) – Indian; 1st Novel
  • Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty (Faber and Faber) – British; 6th Novel
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Corsair) – American; 4th Novel
  • The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury) – British/Sierra Leonean; 2nd Novel
  • The London Train by Tessa Hadley (Jonathan Cape) – British; 4th Novel
  • Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson (Sceptre) – British; 1st Novel
  • The Seas by Samantha Hunt (Corsair) – American; 1st Novel
  • The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna (Faber and Faber) – British; 2nd Novel
  • Great House by Nicole Krauss (Viking) – American; 3rd Novel
  • The Road to Wanting by Wendy Law-Yone (Chatto & Windus) – American; 3rd Novel
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) – Serbian/American; 1st Novel
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (Viking) – American; 1st Novel
  • Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile (Serpent’s Tail) – British; 1st Novel
  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Chatto & Windus) – American; 1st Novel
  • The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin (Serpent’s Tail) – British/Nigerian; 1st Novel
  • The Swimmer by Roma Tearne (Harper Press) – British; 4th Novel
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Jonathan Cape) – Canadian; 1st Novel

The judges for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction are:

  • Bettany Hughes, (Chair), Broadcaster, Historian and Author
  • Liz Calder, founder-director of Bloomsbury Publishing and Full Circle Editions
  • Tracy Chevalier, Novelist
  • Helen Lederer, Actress and Writer
  • Susanna Reid, Journalist and Broadcaster

“What proved a genuine delight this year was the power of observation and sympathy on the page,” commented Bettany Hughes, Chair of Judges. “As a panel we had works of searing originality and epic scale in front of us – plus books that were intimate and sometimes magical”.

She continues, “All of the longlist authors have done us a favour by writing what they have, and with such elan. A number have opened up worlds either just around the corner or half way across the earth thanks to their imagination and simple interest in what it is to be human. It was a huge tussle to get the list down to twenty, but what we have is a gorgeous, widely varied longlist – we’ll certainly enjoy re-reading each and every one as we make tough choices to select the Orange Prize shortlist for 2011.”

The Prize was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible and is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman in the English language.

Stuart Jackson, Brand Communications Director at Orange said, “The judges have selected a remarkable and rich list which reflects the exceptional range and diversity of women’s fiction. We’re very proud to be announcing such an exciting and international list and invite readers to share their thoughts on this year’s books via the new Orange Prize Facebook page.”

This year’s longlist honours both new and well-established writers and features nine first novels. Three authors appearing on this year’s list have previously been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and a further two authors have been previously shortlisted. The list also includes a former winner of the Orange Award for New Writers and features twelve different publishing imprints.

Any woman writing in English, whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter, is eligible. The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in The Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 June 2011.

Previous winners are Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), Marilynne Robinson for Home (2009), Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006), Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005), Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004), Valerie Martin for Property (2003), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002), Kate Grenville for The Idea of Perfection (2001), Linda Grant for When I Lived in Modern Times (2000), Suzanne Berne for A Crime in the Neighbourhood (1999), Carol Shields for Larry’s Party (1998), Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997), and Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter (1996).

CJ Stanley, Orange
Tel: 07989 333 308


 All first works of fiction, including novels, short story collections and novellas, written in English by a woman of any age or nationality and published as a book in the UK, are eligible. The emphasis of the award is on emerging talent and the evidence of future potential. The winner will receive a £10,000 bursary funded by Arts Council England which is intended to help the winning writer pursue their work with greater freedom.

The 2010 shortlist is:

Jane Borodale – The Book of Fires (HarperPress) – British

Irene Sabatini – The Boy Next Door (Sceptre) – Zimbabwean

Evie Wyld – After the Fire, a Still Small Voice (Jonathan Cape) British/Australian

The judges for the 2010 Orange Award for New Writers are:

Di Speirs (Chair), Editor – Readings, BBC Radio 4

Rachel Cooke, Writer and Columnist, The Observer

Bernardine Evaristo, Novelist, critic and winner of the 2009 Orange Prize Youth Panel award for Blonde Roots

The Award was launched in 2005 in partnership with Arts Council England. Renewing their commitment to the partnership with Orange in 2008, Arts Council England committed a further £30,000 over three years (£10,000 per year) for bursary awards for the winners of the Orange Award for New Writers. By offering a bursary to a novelist or short story writer for her first publication, the Arts Council is able to support the professional development of a writer at a crucial stage in her career.

Authors who have written their first work of fiction can be entered for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Orange Award for New Writers in any given year.

The winner will be announced at the Orange Prize for Fiction award ceremony which will take place on 9 June 2010 in The Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, central London.

The Desmond Elliott Prize 2010 Longlist Announced 

The writers longlisted for the prize include high-profile advertising guru David Abbott, acclaimed poet Jacob Polley and critic and academic Matthew Reynolds. Several of the books in contention reflect the colourful travels of the writers who have lived in countries across the globe, from Nigeria to Hong Kong, France to China. All the writers now live in the UK, but many have drawn on their experiences of living abroad.
The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott (MacLehose Press, Quercus)

Before the Earthquake by Maria Allen (Tindal Street Press)

The Hungry Ghosts by Anne Berry (Blue Door)

Rupture by Simon Lelic (Picador)

The Shadow of a Smile by Kachi A. Ozumba (Alma Books)

Talk of the Town by Jacob Polley (Picador)

The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Designs for a Happy Home by Matthew Reynolds (Bloomsbury)

Beauty by Raphael Selbourne (Tindal Street Press)

The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw (Atlantic Books)

The longlisted books span the globe taking the reader from the prisons of Nigeria to colonial unrest in Hong Kong. Maria Allen, who spent much of her life living in Italy set her novel in southern Italy, and Anne Berry who moved to Hong Kong at the age of six, has the Japanese occupied Hong Kong of 1942 as the backdrop for her story.    
Crime and punishment feature strongly in the longlisted books, particularly in Matthew Reynolds’ The Shadow of a Smile; Simon Lelic’s Rupture; Raphael Selbourne’s Beauty; Jacob Polley’s Talk of the Town and David Abbott’s The Upright Piano Player.
Of the ten contenders there are two women and eight men, and four of this year’s ten books come from independent publishing houses.
Acclaimed author and journalist Elizabeth Buchan chairs this year’s panel of judges and is joined by James Daunt, founder of Daunt Books, London’s independent bookselling chain, and William Skidelsky, Literary Editor of
A shortlist of three books will be announced on Wednesday 26 May. When narrowing the list to a shortlist of three books, the judges will be looking for a novel of depth and breadth with a compelling narrative. The work should be vividly written and confidently realised and should contain original and arresting characters. Entries have been considered from all fiction genres.
The winner of the 2010 Desmond Elliott Prize will be announced on Wednesday 23 June at Fortnum & Mason, Desmond’s ‘local grocer’, in London.