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Winning Women Writers: Prizes, awards and recognitions
from BookWomen, October-November, 2012
Ann Patchett named the 2012-2013 bookwoman of the year.

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Bookwoman of the year

Author Ann Patchett has been named the 2012-2013 bookwoman of the year by the Women's National Book Association (WNBA). The recognition is given annually to a living American woman who "derives part or all of her income from books or the allied arts and has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation."

In Patchett's case, the award recognizes her commitment to independent bookselling. In opening her own bookstore in Nashville, Tenn., WNBA noted, "She has become a powerful advocate for independent bookselling throughout the country."

The mission of the WNBA, a nonprofit organization established in 1917, is "to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book."

Source: WNBA

Book of the Year

Scottish novelist Janice Galloway's All Made Up, her "anti-memoir" of her teen years, has been named Scottish Book of the Year.

At the award ceremony, Galloway said her first feeling on receiving the prize was one of relief. "I'm a Scot in a lot of old fashioned ways, and when I hear a piece of good news, I doubt it."

"All Made Up" is her second autobiographical work, picking up where This Is Not About Me (2008) left off. Although the titles of both books reveal her ambivalence about the memoir form, she said she has "a memory like a razor-blade."

Galloway's first book was the award-winning novel,The Trick Is to Keep Breathing (1990). Her second novel, Foreign Parts, received rave reviews: "As accurate a portrait of female friendship as I am ever likely to read." "Like Thelma and Louise without the violence: funny, poignant and written in wonderfully vivid prose." She has also written poetry, short stories and an opera libretto.

Source: The Guardian

Another Scottish writer in the news

Denise Mina's latest mystery, The End of the Wasp Season, has been named crime novel of the year in one of Britain's major crime fiction competitions. A story of suicide and murder set in the current financial crisis, the book was described as "hugely atmospheric and haunting" by judges, who called it an example of "Tartan Noir."

The novelist, who left school at 16 before returning to study law at Glasgow University and writing her first novel while doing a PhD, said she was "quite stunned" to win a prize that has previously been awarded to Minette Walters, Val McDermid and Alexander McCall Smith. "End of the Wasp Season" is her ninth novel

Source: The Guardian

PEN honors debut fiction, veteran poet

Siobhan Fallon received the PEN Center USA's 2012 award for fiction for her debut collection of short stories, You Know When the Men Are Gone, about the wives of soldiers who have been sent to Iraq. Fallon herself is a military spouse. In a starred review, the Library Journal wrote, "This might be a work of fiction, but Fallon's work is remarkably real, and each story's characters immediately grip the reader. Even readers who do not usually read short stories should seek out this book."

Poet Anne Waldman won the PEN award for poetry for The Iovis Trilogy, a single poem, described as a "monumental feminist epic." This is the 40th book from Waldman, whom the Village voice called "a countercultural presence in Greenwich Village since the Beat Generation."

PEN Center USA, located in San Francisco, aims "to stimulate and maintain interest in the written word, to foster a vital literary culture, and to defend freedom of expression domestically and internationally."

Source: PEN Center USA

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