Each year, numerous foundations, societies, and organizations award prizes of literary recognition to newly or recently published books. These awards serve to launch sometimes little known titles into the public's awareness and often solidify an author's place in the publishing world. No wonder author's covet these prizes. Winning just one can assure that author that future work will be considered and very likely published.
But, do literary prizes offer anything to the reader?
Literary book awards are awarded based on specific criteria established by the sponsoring organization. While these criteria vary from prize to prize, they generally examine content (literary value) as opposed to popularity (market value)
Many book awards feature categories that promote first time authors, or authors writing from the fringes of mainstream culture. This draws public attention to new books and new ideas.
Aside from yearly awards, many award organizations also recognize bodies of work and lifetime achievement. This recognition serves to reward consistency and attention to quality, original storytelling rather than simply cranking out formulaic works.
Ties to both libraries and education mean that many awards are designed to get kids reading in common. This common reading leads to more discussion around literature and encourages people to read even more.
No book will appeal to all readers. Awards don't guarantee that you'll enjoy the book. If you don't like the book you are reading...critique it!
literary /'lidəˌrerē/ adjective
1. concerning the writing or content of literature, especially of the kind valued for quality of form.
"the book was a literary work of art"
Consider and discuss the following articles.
1. How do book awards help readers in a book saturated marketplace?
2. What are the limitations of relying on book awards to select your reading?
Library Information and Media Center - Monona Grove High School - Monona, Wisconsin
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