Awards: 800-CEO-READ Biz Books; Bodley Medal

Longlists have been announced in eight categories for the 2016 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards. Shortlists will be released December 6, with the overall winner named in New York City January 12, when the company will also announce the winner of the Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry


Christopher Tolkien will receive the Bodley Medal, which "is awarded by the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds of literature, culture, science, and communication," the Bookseller reported, noting that the son of J.R.R. Tolkien "is a scholar and editor who has spent the last 40 years editing his father's posthumously published work, ensuring that his father's 'rich literary legacy' could be read by all."

Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian, said: "Christopher Tolkien's contribution as a scholar and editor has been immense. Without his dedication and commitment, his father's works would not have reached such a broad public audience and without his erudition and scholarship J.R.R. Tolkien's work would not have been presented so fully and with such authority."

"Although I have never looked for anything remotely of such a kind, I find it especially welcome to receive the Bodley Medal in that it affirms the unique significance of my father's creation and accords a worthy place in the Republic of Letters to Tolkien scholarship," Tolkien said. "It gives me particular pleasure that the award comes from and is conceived by the Bodleian, where a great part of my father's manuscripts lie and where I have happy memories of the great library itself."

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