December is here again, and although books have a prominent place in the Christmas sales, the awards, festivals and publishing schedules are meager to say the least. There are a some awards being presented, however, among them the Golden Pen award for a Lifetime’s Distinguished Service to Literature and the overall winner of the Specsavers National Book Awards.
December is famously a less than ideal time to publish a book, since the focus will inevitably be on those books that have spent some time being marketed as Christmas presents, but as usual there the list is not completely empty. There is no danger that Haruki Murakami’s The Strange Library will be overshadowed, since Murakami fans will have been counting the days since the announcement this summer of the forthcoming release. So do have a look at the other three on my list to stop them from being forgotten in the holiday rush.
- Early December: Golden Pen award winner announced
- 8 December 2014: Queensland Literary Awards winner announced
- 11 December 2014: Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature winner announced
- 22 December 2014: Specsavers National Book Awards winner announced
- 1 December 2014: The Penguin’s song by Hassan Daoud
- 2 December 2014: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
- 9 December 2014: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
- 30 December 2014: The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison