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Friday, November 21, 2008

Saturday Word Play- Mistabled Awards

This time of year seems to be award season for the book folk. This week alone saw the Governor General Awards handed out here in Canada (congrats to Ricci, Blatchford, Scheier and others) and the US National Book Awards south of the border (congrats to Matthiessen, Gordon-Reed, Blundell, and others). I'm sure it's a boost to their careers and booksales alike.

Below I've listed some of the other awards handed out annually. Can you find the titles of this year's winners in the chart that follows? Each 1st word can be found somewhere in the first column, 2nd in the second and so forth. But, to make things more difficult, I won't tell you the number of words in each title-- except to say that many of the titles are not seven words long and so, some of the words in the latter columns are duds, meaning they don't belong to any title. Don't fret too much though. As more people answer correctly and eliminate words, the easier it makes your task.

I apologize about the blurriness of the chart, hopefully it's still legible. To shrink it down from nine columns, and make it fit, I had to eliminate this year's Newbery winner, Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From A Medieval Village. The chart was just rendered so small and unclear, I had to replace it. I'm sure I've missed many of the others from the pass year. Feel free to let me know which others you know of. Also, just out of curiosity, do any of these prizes influence your decision to read those particular books?

As always, feel free to do all ten at home, but only answer one in the comment section, that way it'll allow 10 people to play along.

1. The Scotiabank Giller Prize
2. Hugo Award for Best Novel
3. The Orange Prize (The Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction)
4. The Griffin Poetry Prize
5. The Man Booker Prize
6. The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
7. Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
8. Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
9. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
10. Caldecott

8 comments:

Jo-Ann said...

#10 (Caldecott) is The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This is beautifully illustrated novel where the illustration are almost more important that the words.
I try to read the Newbery, Caldecott and GG children's winners.

Sandra said...

#5 (The Man Booker) is The White Tiger. I read many award nominees, often enjoying those on the longlist or shortlist more than the actually winner. But being nominated for an award only confirms that a book I'm already interested in is well written.

raidergirl3 said...

#3 is The Road Home by Rose Tremain

Teena in Toronto said...

My brain is taking the weekend off. Ha!

I just finished my 10th Canadian book:

http://www.purple4mee.com/2008/11/book-here-for-good-time-on-road-with.html

It's written by the lead singer of Trooper, Ra McGuire

Wanda said...

#7(Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize) went to: The Flying Troutmans.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Stop it, you are making my brain ache.

John Mutford said...

Jo-Ann: I get to a lot of the award winners, but only eventually. I have mixed feelings about many of the Caldecott winners. I know the award is for illustration, but sometimes the text is not great at all. At those times I question if the award shouldn't look at the book as a whole package.

Sandra: Reading a whole short-list is fun. Good way to compare your winner with the choice of the judges.

Raidergirl: Have you read it?

Teena: Hey, their other big hit could have made a good title, too: Raise A Little Hell.

Wanda: It's an award I hadn't even heard of until earlier this week. Not a shabby prize though.

Barbara: Next week it's "Literary Calculus." (Maybe not.)

3M said...

#6 IMPAC Dublin is Deniro's Game.

I'll include this in the carnival, John!