The ABA announced a popular set of Indies Choice Award winners for 2013, selecting “handselling favorites” as voted on by member stores. The honorees are:
The Round House: A Novel, by Louise Erdrich (Harper)
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf)
The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey (Little, Brown)
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (Dutton Children’s)
John Green also won their “Indie Champion Award”
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illus.) (Balzer + Bray)
In each category they named five honor books as well–including recent Pulitzer-winner The Orphan Master’s Son, plus 5 books first previewed in last year’s Publishers Lunch Buzz Books 2012 (The Dog Stars; The Orchardist; The Yellow Birds; Every Day; and The Last Dragonslayer).
In other awards news, Andrew Solomon’s FAR FROM THE TREE won the Columbia Journalism School’s nonfiction Lukas Prize, hailed as “a tour de force of heart, head, shoe leather, and terrific writing, gives us a moving and deeply nuanced mural of the American family today.”
Next up are the LA Times book prizes, to be awarded tonight starting at 7:30 Western time.