Awards: Kelpies Winner; Boardman Tasker Shortlist

First-time children's novelist Elizabeth Ezra won this year's Kelpies Prize for new Scottish writing for children for her entry Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic, the Bookseller reported. The prize included a £2,000 (about $2,620) award and a contract with Floris Books.

"The standard of entries this year was exceptionally high overall, but the irreverent contemporary humor and sassy voice in Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic really made it stand out, said Eleanor Collins, senior commissioning editor for Floris Books.


A shortlist has been announced for the £3,000 (about $3,930) Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, which "recognizes and rewards outstanding books of literature concerned with the mountain environment." The winner will be named November 18 at the Kendal Mountain Festival. The shortlisted titles are:

Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold, with David Roberts
The Bond by Simon McCartney
Eruption by Steve Olson
Wild Country by Mark Vallance
The Maverick Mountaineer by Robert Wainwright

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