Benediction by Kent Haruf
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
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The 2013 Winner: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
About the Award:
The Maine Readers’ Choice Award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult fiction published in the United States the previous year. The aim of this award is to increase awareness and reading of literary fiction. The Maine Readers’ Choice Award honors books that exhibit exceptional writing and a compelling story that encourages reading and conversation among individuals and in Maine’s communities.
To be considered for the Maine Readers’ Choice Award, books must be:
- Published in the United States the previous year
- Well written
- Compelling story – you want to continue reading
- Appealing to a wide audience
Revised editions, updates of previously published works, series or trilogies are not eligible. Additionally, from 2015 forward, short story collections shall no longer be eligible for consideration.
Recommendations for consideration for this award will come from the library and booksellers’ communities across the state of Maine throughout the year. All genres are accepted as long as they meet the above requirements.
The Maine Readers’ Choice Award committee will focus on the list of submitted titles, narrowing the list to ten titles that will be read by the committee. The committee will select three to five titles to advance on to libraries and bookstores for a reader’s choice vote in September. Maine readers can vote online at the award’s website and at public libraries and bookstores
throughout the state. The winner will be announced in October.
The author and publisher of the finalists will be notified. The winning author will be notified by letter and will receive the Maine Readers’ Choice Award plaque. There is no financial gift with this award. Media outlets will be notified as well.