2015 National Book Award Longlists

The National Book Award is one of the nation's most prestigious literary prizes and has a stellar record of identifying and rewarding quality writing. In 1950, William Carlos Williams was the first Winner in Poetry, the following year William Faulkner was honored in Fiction, and so on through the years.  Many previous Winners of the National Book Award are now firmly established in the canon of American literature, such as Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Jonathan Franzen, Denis Johnson, Joyce Carol Oates, and Adrienne Rich.

You can find all of the titles longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award here!

The National Book Award Finalists will be announced on October 14th; Winners will be announced at a gala dinner and ceremony in New York on November 18th. For more information on the Awards and a list of this year’s judges, visit www.nationalbook.org.

2016 Carnegie Medals for Excellence Longlist

The 20 fiction and 20 nonfiction titles included on the 2016 Carnegie Medal longlist have officially been announced!

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The winners (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) are announced at an event at the ALA Annual Conference; winning authors receive a $5,000 cash award, and two finalists in each category receive $1,500.

A full list of all 40 titles being considered for the 2016 award can be found here.

Man Booker 2015 Shortlist Announced

The Man Booker shortlist has been announced! A list of the 6 books currently being considered for the prize can be found here.

The winner will be announced October 13th. The longlist, from which the 6 shortlisted books have emerged, can be found here.

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.


#FerranteFever hits Brilliant Books


The release of the fourth and final book of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, The Story of the Lost Child, has caused an outbreak of #FerranteFever at Brilliant Books!

With the release of this final installment, now is the perfect time to dive into this compelling quartet.

For a limited time, those who puchase a Neapolitan novel will receive a special Europa tote and a #FerranteFever button!

More information and a complete list of the Neapolitan novels can be found here.

MG & YA Signing with Lisa McMann

Middle Grade and Young Adult
Reading and Signing
with Lisa McMann
Tuesday, September 22nd. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Author Lisa McMann will be visiting Brilliant Books to read from her 6th Unwanteds novel, Island of Graves, and answer questions from fans. Following the reading, McMann will sign and personalize copies of her books. McMann is the author of numerous novels for young readers. Plus, readers who purchase this newest Unwanteds book will be among the very first to see the brand new cover for the forthcoming and final book!

Teens love her young adult novels, while middle grade readers adore her Unwanteds series - often described as Harry Potter meets The Hunger Games - and her contribution to the Infinity Ring series! Her YA novels will also be available to be signed and purchased. Find our more about the event here!

Can't attend the event? Books can be purchased via phone or our website, personalized by the author, then shipped to your home!


On this day in 1952...

63 years ago today, September 1, 1952, Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea was published in LIFE magazine. In just 2 days, the issue sold 5 million copies!

The Old Man and the Sea was Hemingway's last major work and is one of his best-known. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1953.

Celebrate the anniversary of The Old Man and the Sea by reading (or re-reading!) the work that served to reinvigorate Hemingway's literary reputation or by wearing a literary tee! Check out both options here.


A Surprise Visit from Leila Meacham

Leila Meacham, author of the epic Southern sagas Roses, Tumbleweeds, Somerset, and the forthcoming Titans (available April 2016), stopped into Brilliant Books while visiting Traverse City this weekend.

We were delighted to meet Ms. Meacham while she visited the area and for the opportunity to chat about the importance of reading (no matter the genre!) and her next book, Titans.

Ms. Meacham was kind enough to autograph the copies of Roses and Tumbleweeds that we had on hand. We have one copy of each available signed, but we recommend you indulge in these fantastic novels before Titans hits shelves next year.

Learn more about Leila Meacham's novels here.


2015 Hugo Awarded

Congratulations to Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem and G. Willow Wilson and Jacob Wyatt's Ms. Marvel, 2015 winners of the Hugo Award.

The Three-Body Problem was awarded Best Novel, while Ms. Marvel took Best Graphic Novel.

More information about the winners and a finalists in each category can be found here.



Man Booker 2015 Longlist Announced

The Man Booker longist was announced Wednesday, July 29th. A full list of titles being considered for the prize can be found here.

The shortlist will be announced September 15th. The winner will be annouced October 13th.

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.