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NAIBA Book of the Year Awards

The NAIBA Book Awards recognize an author who was born or lived in our region, and/or a book whose story takes place in our region. The book must have been published between June 1 and May 31 (of the award year). There are five categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Picture Book, Children's Literature and Special Interest. The deadline for submissions is June 30 of the award year. (You may make multiple submissions in any category.) Submissions can be emailed to NAIBA at any time during the award year. The awards are presented at the annual NAIBA Fall Conference. (*Publishers are limited to two submissions per category.)

Selection: Nominations are gathered throughout the year from booksellers. Twice a year the long list is reviewed by booksellers and the highest voted titles are placed on the short list after review by the NAIBA Awards Committee. Final voting on the shortlist is done in July by NAIBA bookstore members.

NAIBA is proud to announce the 2013 Books of the Year winners!
The authors will receive their awards at the NAIBA Fall Conference Awards Banquet on Tuesday, October 1.

This is How You Lose Her

This is How You Lose Her , Junot Diaz

Díaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love – obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in the New York Times-bestselling This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”

Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
By Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon’s startling proposition is that being exceptional in some way is at the core of the human condition—that difference is what unites us. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or multiple severe disabilities; with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, and Solomon documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter.

Europa Editions

Original Paperback
Europa Editions
Lucy Kogler, Talking Leaves...Books and chair of the NAIBA Awards ommittee, commented that "Europa Editions publishes elegant books in translation, literary fiction and non-fiction and world noir. Michael is one of the most impassioned editors- in- chief in the industry. He is so obviously proud of the relationship that he has with independent booksellers and we booksellers know his books will appeal to our discriminating customers. Each book is an artistic, french-flapped, original- in- paperback treasure that we are thrilled to place in our stores."

Dragons Love Tacos

Picture Book
Dragons Love Tacos
By Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble. The award-winning team behind hose Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until- salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee

Middle Readers
The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee: An Origami Yoda Book
By Tom Angleberger

With Dwight attending Tippett Academy this semester, the kids of McQuarrie Middle School are on their own-no Origami Yoda to give advice and help them navigate the treacherous waters of middle school. Then Sara gets a gift she says is from Dwight-a paper fortune-teller in the form of Chewbacca. It's a Fortune Wookiee, and it seems to give advice that's just as good as Yoda's-even if, in the hands of the girls, it seems too preoccupied with romance. In the meantime, Dwight is fitting in a little too well at Tippett. Has the unimaginable happened? Has Dwight become normal? It's up to his old friends at McQuarrie to remind their kooky friend that it's in his weirdness that his greatness lies.

Young Adult
Every Day Every Day
By David Levithan

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a "wise, wildly unique" love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life. Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It's all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with-day in, day out, day after day.

2012 NAIBA Books of the Year

Nonfiction: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo, Random House
Fiction: Rules of Civility, Amor Towles, Penguin
Picture Book: I, Too, Am America, Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Simon & Schuster
Middle Readers: Wonder, R.J. Palacio, Knopf
Young Adult: Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr, Dial/Penguin

2011 NAIBA Books of the Year

Nonfiction: Blood, Bones and Butter, Gabrielle Hamilton, Random House
Fiction: The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht, Random House
Picture Book: Children Make Terrible Pets, Peter Brown, Little Brown
Middle Readers: Forge, Laurie Halse Anderson, Atheneum
Young Adult: Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly, Random House
Trade Paperback Original: Extra Indians, Eric Gansworth, Milkweed Editions (Read Eric's acceptance speech)

2010 NAIBA Books of the Year

Nonfiction: Just Kids, Patti Smith, Ecco
Fiction: Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann, Random House
Picture Book: Jeremy Draws a Monster, Peter McCarty, Holt
Children's Literature: Flawed Dogs, Berkley Breathed Philomel
Trade Paperback Original: Logicomix, Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos, Annie DiDonna, Bloomsbury

2009 NAIBA Books of the Year

Nonfiction: Hurry Down Sunshine, Michael Greenberg, Other Press
Fiction: A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick, Algonqui)
Picture Book: The Curious Garden, Peter Brown, Little Brown Books for Young Reader)
Children's Literature: If I Stay, Gayle Forman, Dutton
Trade Paperback Original: Buffalo Lockjaw, Greg Ames, Hyperion

2008 NAIBA Books of the Year

Nonfiction: The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs, Simon & Schuster
Fiction: Mudbound, Hillary Jordan, Algonquin
Picture Book: Zen Ties, Jon Muth, Scholastic
Children's Literature: The Patron Saint of Butterflies, Cecilia Galante, Bloomsbury
Special Category:Bronx Noir, S.J. Rozan, editor, Akashic Books

2007 NAIBA Books of the Year

Nonfiction: A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Fiction: The Emperor's Children, Claire Messud, Vintage
Picture Book: Library Lion, Michelle Knudsen & Kevin Hawkes, Candlewick
Children's Literature: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick, Scholastic

Previous winners of the NAIBA Book of the Year Award are:

Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin
Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma Iweala
Fancy Nancy, Jane O'Connor & Robin Preiss Glasser (illus)
Rebel Angels, Libba Bray
1776, David McCullough
Zen Shorts, Jon Muth
Big Russ and Me, Tim Russert
Gregor the Overlander, Suzanne Collins
Samaritan, Richard Price
Rural Life, Verlyn Klikenborg
Full Hand, Thomas Yezerski
A Corner of the Universe, Ann M. Martin
October Suite, Maxine Clair
Jefferson's Pillow, Roger Wilkins
You Can't Take a Balloon Into the Museum of Fine Arts, Jacqueline P. Weitzman

Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart, Vera B. Williams
Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
Plot Against America, Philip Roth
A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
Alice in Wonderland, Robert Sabuda
The Other Side, Jacqueline Woodson
A Gesture Life, Chang-rae Lee
Ordinary Resurrections, Jonathan Kozol
Amelia & Eleanor Go For a Ride, Pam Munoz Ryan
Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
River, Cross My Heart, Breena Clarke
Long Way From Chicago, Richard Peck
Values of the Game, Bill Bradley
Our Guys, Bernard Lefkowitz

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