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  • Agatha Awards  The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery – books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. Awards are presented yearly for Best Novel, Best First Mystery, Best Short Story, Best Non-Fiction, and Best Children’s/Young Adult Mystery.
  • Bram Stoker Award  The Horror Writers Association annually presents this award for outstanding horror writing in a number of different categories.
  • Edgar Awards  Awarded by the Mystery Writer’s Association, this yearly award is presented to authors of distinguished work in various categories of the mystery genre.
  • Hugo Award  Also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award, the Hugo Award in presented annually by the World Science Fiction Society to a variety of different categories.
  • Man Booker Prize  One of the world’s most prestigious awards, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction and is awarded to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.
  • National Book Award  The National Book Awards honors exceptional books written by U.S. citizens in four genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award  The National Book Critics Circle is comprised of over 700 active book reviewers and presents awards for the finest books published in English for fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry and criticism.
  • Nebula Award  Presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given each year for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story.
  • Nobel Prize for Literature  The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden and is awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction  Lists Pulitzer Prize winning titles and profiles winners from 1917 to the present.
  • RITA Awards  Presented yearly by the Romance Writers of America, one Rita award is given out in each of 13 different romance categories.

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  • Horror Writers Association  Horror headlines, conventions, free excerpts, writing tips, reading lists, author interviews, new horror releases and much more.
  • International Thriller Writers, Inc.  Thriller authors created ITW to celebrate the thriller genre, to enhance the prestige and raise the profile of thrillers, to award prizes to outstanding thriller novels and authors, and to create opportunities for collegiality within the thriller community.
  • Mystery Writers of America  Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America  Official site of the nonprofit organization offering an extensive list of sci-fi and fantasy links.
  • Romance Writers of America  A nonprofit association providing networking and support to romance fiction writers.
  • Western Writers of America  The official website of the Western Writers of America where you can obtain information about Old West topics, contact western authors, get “Spur Award” updates, etc.

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  • BookPage  New book reviews, author interviews, feature articles and other book information.
  • BookBrowse  Excerpts and reviews about books, plus author interviews, reading guides and more.
  • Book Reporter  An all-encompassing site featuring reviews, features articles, books to movies, author interviews and reader commentaries.
  • BookWire  An internet resource dedicated to new titles, new authors, and the general scoop on the book industry. Use this site to search book reviews, read about the latest releases, watch author video clips, and learn about upcoming book events.
  • Overbooked  Provides timely information about literary & genre fiction as well as readable nonfiction. Includes annotated lists of nonfiction, fiction and mystery books which received starred reviews, themed booklists, featured titles lists and hot lists of hard cover US fiction releases.
  • MysteryNet.com  Online mysteries, mystery games, mystery books and resourses and more.
  • Stop, You’re Killing Me!  A comprehensive index of mystery books by author and series character.
  • Locus Online  A journal featuring news and reviews of science fiction and fantasy.
  • The SF Site  A comprehensive site featuring book reviews, excerpts, author interviews, articles, author booklists, and more.
  • Buried.com  Reviews of horror books and movies, horror interviews, links to haunted houses, etc.
  • Roundup Magazine  An online magazine published by the Western Writers of America featuring award winners, reviews of western novels, and more.

Winter Reading Ideas: Chosen Family Stories

Chosen families happen for a variety of reasons, but they always have very special and unique bonds. We’ve collected a bunch of stories that explore chosen families. These books show how diverse the idea of family can be. As these are fictional stories, there are some truly magical selected families as well as self-styled families that can be found in present day or in the past. Choose your pick of a chosen family story!

 

 

Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud

An award-winning Trinidadian author offers a novel that looks at a complicated marriage, an unconventional family and the shocking secrets that unite them.

Strong Sense of Place; Lyrical

 

 

 

Little Family by Ishmael Beah

A powerful novel about young people in a conflict-scarred land, struggling to replace the homes they have lost with the one they have created together.

Atmospheric; Complex

 

 

 

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place-and realizing that family is yours.

Heartwarming; Witty

 

 

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

A woman in mid-20th-century rural North Carolina, determined to live on her own terms in spite of community gossip, finds unexpected support from a veteran fixer who struggles with an inability to correct his own troubled past.

Historical Fiction; Well-Crafted Dialogue

 

 

My Kind of People by Lisa Duffy

A group of New England islanders come together for a recently orphaned girl, an act that reveals the power of community, as well as dredges up long-buried secrets.

Character-driven; Melancholy

 

 

 

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis

Enduring the rampant violence against women and the LGBTQ community in the decades of the Uruguayan dictatorship, five women heartbreakingly unite as lovers, friends and family.

Dramatic; Lush

 

 

 

Mr. and Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel

After getting dumped by her husband, a woman sets out to prove her worth by entering a ‘best housewife’ pageant in 1970 Palm Springs.

Humorous; Engaging