Awards: BTBA and Christian Book Winners

The winners of the 2017 Best Translated Book Award, sponsored by Three Percent, are:

Fiction: Chronicle of the Murdered House by Lúcio Cardoso, translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson (Brazil, Open Letter Books)
Poetry: Extracting the Stone of Madness by Alejandra Pizarnik, translated from the Spanish by Yvette Siegert (Argentina, New Directions)

Concerning the fiction winner, one of the judges, Jeremy Garber of Powell's Books, commented: "Though it took longer than 50 years to finally appear in English, Lúcio Cardoso's Chronicle of the Murdered House was well worth the wait. Epic in scope and stunning in its execution, the late Brazilian author's 1959 masterpiece is a resounding accomplishment. Thanks to the translational prowess of Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson, Cardoso's saga of familial scheming and salacious scandal deservingly comes to an even wider audience."

About the poetry winner, judge Emma Ramadan of Riffraff Bookstore said in part that Extracting the Stone of Madness is "a book screaming and barking with jagged solitude and beautiful pain, each poem's broken melody attempting to fill a void we can all see lurking. Yvette Siegert perfectly inhabits Pizarnik's tortuous, vivid world and allows us to do the same."

Each winning book is awarded $10,000, to be divided among the authors and translators.


The winners of the 2017 Christian Book Awards, sponsored by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, are:

Christian Book of the Year: Shaken by Tim Tebow (WaterBrook)
Bibles: NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, edited by Craig S. Keener and John H. Walton (Zondervan)
Bible Reference: A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by John M. Frame (P&R Publishing)
Bible Study: Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel by Ray Ortlund (Crossway)
Biography & Memoir: Courageous Faith by Charles Stanley (Howard Books/S&S)
Children: Jonah and the Fish by Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated by Lissy Marlin (Tyndale House)
Christian Living: Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp (Crossway)
Devotion & Gift: A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby (Zondervan)
Faith & Culture: 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know by Terry Glaspey (Baker Books)
Ministry Resources: Leadership Mosaic: 5 Leadership Principles for Ministry and Everyday Life by Daniel Montgomery with Jared Kennedy (Crossway)
New Author: Union with Christ by Rankin Wilbourne (David C. Cook)
Young People's Literature: Unblemished by Sara Ella (Thomas Nelson)

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