Wiley Cash for A Land More Kind Than Home
The Maine Readers’ Choice Award Committee is pleased to announce the winner for the inaugural Maine Readers’ Choice Award. The 2013 Award recipient is Wiley Cash for his debut novel, A Land More Kind than Home. The award was announced at the opening ceremony of the Bangor (ME) Book Festival on October 4th.
The final selection for this year’s winner was done by the readers of Maine who were encouraged by Maine libraries and booksellers to read the three finalists over the summer months. Online voting took place in September to select this year’s winner. The other finalists were Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers.
A Land More Kind than Home appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list in both hardcover and paperback. The New York Times also named it an Editor’s Choice and a Notable Book of 2012. The novel was included on best of 2012 lists by Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Books-a-Million, and many others. A Land More Kind than Home won the Southern Independent Bookseller Alliances’ Book Award for Fiction of the Year and the John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award from the UK’s Crime Writers’ Association, and it was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the American Booksellers’ Association’s Debut Fiction Prize. Wiley’s second novel, This Dark Road to Mercy, will be released by William by William Morrow Publishers in January.
While Mr. Cash could not be present for the announcement he shared this sentiment. “There is no way I can express the shock I felt when I was notified that I’d won the Maine Readers’ Choice Award. My book was in incredible company with Gone Girl and The Yellow Birds. I have no idea how I was so fortunate to be invited to that party, but I was honored to be there. To be recognized by librarians and library patrons means a lot to someone who grew up in the public library system. Thank you.”
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.
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.