January begins with the announcement of the Costa Book Awards category winners and towards the end of the month we find out who is the overall winner. There are a few other interesting prize announcements to look forward to as well.
As usual the festival calendar is short this early in the year but who would not mind flying over to Palm Beach for some poetry in the sun?
January sees the publication of a cold war thriller by Orange Prize winner Helen Dunmore, a fictional account of the life of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich by Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes, and a story of a mother-daughter relationship by Pulitzer prize winner Elizabeth Strout. So, hopefully some good books of prize winning quality to wait for. But it is not only former prize winners producing exciting reads. Among the many first time novelists publishing this month are Abby Geni (The Lightkeeper), Taylor Brown (Fallen Land), and Sunil Yapa (Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist).
Happy New Year everyone!
- 4 January 2016: Costa Book Awards category winners announced
- 8 January 2016: ALSC Book and Media Award winners announced
- 16 January 2016: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature winner announced
- 11 January 2016: TS Eliot Prize awarded
- 26 January 2016: Costa Book Awards Book of the Year winner announced.
Fairs & Festivals:
- 7-10 January 2016: Key West Literary Seminar
- 14-17 January 2016: Kolkata Literary Festival
- 18-23 January 2016: Palm Beach Poetry Festival
- 21-25 January 2016: ZeeJaipur Literary Festival
- 27 Jan-10 Feb 2016: Cairo International Book Fair
- 28-31 January 2016: Hay Festival Cartagena
- 28-31 January 2016: Angoulême International Comics Festival
- 5 January 2016: The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
- 5 January 2016: Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
- 7 January 2016: Human Acts by Han Kang
- 7 January 2016: The Long Room by Francesca Kay
- 12 January 2016: Fallen Land by Taylor Brown
- 12 January 2016: The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
- 12 January 2016: This Census-Taker by China Miéville
- 12 January 2016: My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
- 12 January 2016: The Longest Night by Andria Williams
- 12 January 2016: Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
- 14 January 2016: The Good Liar by Nicholas Searl
- 15 January 2016: Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens: Reportage by Laszlo Krasznahorkai
- 19 January 2016: What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
- 19 January 2016: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
- 21 January 2016: Yuki Chan in Brontë Country by Mick Jackson
- 25 January2016: The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
- 26 January 2016: Good on Paper by Rachel Cantor
- 28 January 2016: Exposure by Helen Dunmore
- 28 January 2016: The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes