The winners of the 2017 Audie Awards were announced and celebrated last week at the Audio Publishers Association's annual gala, held at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City, which Paula Poundstone hosted for the second time. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, read by Mariska Hargitay, with the authors (Hachette Audio) was named audiobook of the year. See the complete list of Audie winners and finalists here.
Louise Penny and Trudy Nan Boyce have won the Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, honoring Diana Pinckley, longtime crime fiction columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The prizes will be presented September 8 in New Orleans.
Penny, the first Canadian to receive the award, is receiving the Pinckley Prize for Distinguished Body of Work. The jury said, "In the village of Three Pines, Quebec, readers take refuge and delight among its endearing inhabitants. Crime may occur, but it never triumphs, not when Gamache is on the case. Penny finds her mantra in the words of W.H. Auden--'Goodness exists'--something we need reminding of in these times."
Boyce wins the Pinckley Prize for Debut Novel for Out of the Blues, the beginning of a series featuring Detective Sara Alt, or "Salt," which the jury called a "gutsy, confident first novel."
The 2017 winners of the Children's and Teen Choice Awards, sponsored by Every Child a Reader and picked by readers, are:
K–2nd Grade Book of the Year: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp (Peachtree Publishers)
3rd–4th Grade Book of the Year: Once Upon an Elephant by Linda Stanek, illustrated by Shennen Bersani (Arbordale Publishing)
5th–6th Grade Book of the Year: The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker Hero by Rachel Renée Russell, with Nikki and Erin Russell (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)
Teen Book of the Year: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Holt/Macmillan Children's Publishing)