Indies Choice Nominees Named

The ABA announced the finalists for the Indies Choice Awards, with winners to be announced April 17. Among the adult candidates 5 of the 6 debut nominees and 3 of the fiction nominees were all featured pre-publication in Buzz Books last year. (Check out the excerpts in the current Spring/Summer edition to sample some of the potential breakout books of this year spring and summer.) The nominees are:

Adult Fiction
Gun Machine, by Warren Ellis (Mulholland Books)
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur Books)
Snow Hunters, by Paul Yoon (Simon & Schuster)
The Son, by Philipp Meyer (Ecco)
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki (Viking)
Tenth of December, by George Saunders (Random House)

Adult Nonfiction
The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown (Viking)
Men We Reaped, by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury)
My Promised Land, by Ari Shavit (Spiegel & Grau)
A Reader's Book of Days, by Tom Nissley, Joanna Neborsky (Illus.) (W.W. Norton)
The Telling Room, by Michael Paterniti (Dial Press)
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett (Harper)

Adult Debut
Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent (Little, Brown)
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra (Hogarth)
The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker (Harper)
In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, by Matt Bell (Soho)
Norwegian by Night, by Derek B. Miller (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo (Reagan Arthur Books)

Young Adult
Dark Triumph, by Robin LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Griffin)
More Than This, by Patrick Ness (Candlewick)
Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion)
The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A. Levine Books)

Middle Reader
Counting By 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Dial)
Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illus.) (Candlewick)
The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail, by Richard Peck, Kelly Murphy (Illus.) (Dial)
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee (Knopf Children's)
Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell, Terry Fan (Illus.) (Simon & Schuster Children's)
The Year of Billy Miller, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)

Picture Book
Crankenstein, by Samantha Berger, Dan Santat (Illus.) (Little, Brown Children's)
The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.) (Philomel)
Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey, by Emily Winfield Martin (Random House Children's)
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Children's)
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, by Bob Shea (Disney-Hyperion)
Warning: Do Not Open This Book!, by Adam Lehrhaupt, Matthew Forsythe (Illus.) (Paula Wiseman Books)

In other awards news, FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL by Sheri Fink has won the 2014 Ridenhour Book Prize, given to a book that illuminates social justice in the public interest.

The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year was awarded to HOW TO POO ON A DATE by Mats & Enzo (Prion Press).