The American Booksellers Association, a network of independent booksellers, have announced the winners of the 2009 Indies Choice Book Awards. We think they’ve done good:
Best Indie Buzz Book (Fiction): The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (The Dial Press) Best Conversation Starter (Nonfiction): The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell (Riverhead) Best Author Discovery: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski (Ecco) Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book (Fiction): The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins) Best New Picture Book: Bats at the Library, by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin) Most Engaging Author: Sherman Alexie
If you haven’t read ‘The Story of Edgar Sawtelle’ yet, do. Part of the story is told from the point of view of a dog, a tricky endeavor that even in the hands of gifted writers often comes across as sentimental and contrived. But with the character of Almondine, the novel has what may be the most accurate- and compelling- depiction of the canine mind in modern fiction.