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I was casting about trying to find an award to talk about this week when AdmiralNaismith published one of the best best 100 lists of all time.  I picked a few books to find what awards they got.  I settled on Naomi Klien, Shock Doctrine finalist for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.  Shock Doctrine also won a scroll down page of other awards.

The Helen Bernstein Award is in honor of Helen Bernstein.

Dr. Vartan Gregorian, the library's president, said the gift was made by a former New York real-estate broker and developer, Joseph Frank Bernstein, to honor his wife, Helen, a journalist who writes for Palm Beach periodicals, on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary.

These are some very rich people here and it gets confusing.  As near as I can figure there are two Helens.  They are sisters-in-law.  One is Helen Bernstein and the other is Helen Bernstein Fealy.  I could be confused on this.  They could be the same person.

“Old money is better than new money, but no money is a disgrace. Old families are better than new families, but a poor aristocrat married to a new family with lots of money can hold his head up in Publix.” — From Helen Bernstein Fealy’s classic, “Memoirs of a Burned-Out Social Climber,” in the millenium edition of Palm Beach Life.

The winner of this year's $15,000 prize is going to be chosen from this short list and will be announced June 7, 2011.

The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

“The Tenth Parallel” is a beautifully written book, full of arresting stories woven around a provocative issue — whether fundamentalism leads to violence — which Griswold investigates through individual lives rather than caricatures or abstractions.
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The Watchers; The Rise of America’s Surveillance State by Shane Harris (The Penguin Press)

“The Watchers reads like a thriller, and the story is sadly on the mark in describing our limited oversight of the government’s surveillance powers.”–Gregory F. Treverton, Director, Center for Global Risk and Security, Rand Corporation  source

Everything is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma by Emma Larkin (The Penguin Press)

Emma Larkin chronicles the chaotic days and months that followed the storm, revealing the secretive politics of Burma's military dictatorship and the bizarre combination of vicious military force, religion, and mysticism that defined its unthinkable response to this horrific event. source

All the Devils Are Here: the Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean & Joe Nocera (Portfolio / Penguin Group - USA)

The title alludes to a line in “The Tempest” (“Hell is empty, and all the devils are here”), and fiends surely abound: subprime sleaze kings; bonus-happy Wall Street plutocrats; and, of course, Alan Greenspan, the fallen maestro of the Federal Reserve, whose see-no-evil free-­market ideology made a virtue of unchecked financial recklessness.  source http://www.nytimes.com/...

The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption and the Control of our Food Supply by Marie-Monique Robin; translated by George Holoch (The New Press)

However, Monsanto now controls the majority of the yield of the world’s genetically modified corn and soy—ingredients found in more than 95 percent of American households—and its alarming legal and political tactics to maintain this monopoly are the subject of worldwide concern source
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  •  In Other News Edgar Award Winners 4-28-11 (3+ / 0-)
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    aravir, Limelite, cfk

    Winner is . . . Edgar Award original diary

    The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books)

    Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva (Tom Doherty Associates - Forge Books)

    Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard (Random House - Bantam)

    Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry (University of Nebraska Press - Bison Original)

    Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang (W.W. Norton)

    "The Scent of Lilacs" - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Doug Allyn (Dell Magazines)

    The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler (Albert Whitman & Co.)

    The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price (Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers)

    The Psychic by Sam Bobrick (Falcon Theatre - Burbank, CA)

    "Episode 1" - Luther, Teleplay by Neil Cross (BBC America)

    "Skyler Hobbs and the Rabbit Man" - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
    by Evan Lewis (Dell Magazines)

    The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

    Grand Master
    Sara Paretsky

    Raven award bookstore
    Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, Chicago, IL
    Once Upon a Crime Bookstore, Minneapolis, MN

  •  Man Booker announces 2 winners (0+ / 0-)

    Booker Prize original diary

    Philip Roth wins Man Booker International Prize 2011

    Master Georgie wins "Best of Beryl"

    5 shortlisted books over the years were
    The Dressmaker (1973);
    The Bottle Factory Outing (1974);
    An Awfully Big Adventure (1990);
    Every Man for Himself (1996) and
    Master Georgie (1998)

    Following her death last July, aged 75, organisers of the award decided to honour an author who had made the shortlist more frequently than any other writer by creating a "Best of Beryl" Booker, and asked the public to vote for their favourite of Bainbridge's shortlisted books.

    Over 1,000 readers voted in the contest, with Master Georgie squeaking in just ahead of Every Man for Himself, published in 1996. The other titles in the running were all older novels: The Dressmaker (1973), The Bottle Factory Outing (1974), and An Awfully Big Adventure (1990).

    Booker long list to be published late July.

  •  Ahh, Vartan Gregorian (3+ / 0-)
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    88kathy, Limelite, cfk

    He was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and then Provost of the University, when I was a student at the University of Pennsylvania.  I remember going to an event at which he spoke, at length, about the value of a liberal arts education.  What a magnetic and exciting man.  He ended up, after Martin Meyerson retired, getting screwed out of the Presidency of Penn, as the trustees went for what they believed to be the prudent choice, the faceless fundraiser Sheldon Hackney.

    No loss to Vartan; he just went to and transformed the New York Public Library.  And then on to Brown University.  And then on to the Carnegie Corporation.  Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera...
    One of the truly great men I have met in my life.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Mon May 23, 2011 at 05:29:13 AM PDT

  •  Helen Burnstein (3+ / 0-)
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    88kathy, Limelite, cfk
    One is Helen Bernstein and the other is Helen Bernstein Fealy.  I could be confused on this.  They could be the same person.

    They are the same person, Helen divorced Joseph many, many years ago and married Dr. Fealy, who died several years ago.

  •  Can't Pick (2+ / 0-)
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    88kathy, cfk

    What a compelling list of nominees.

    However, I will bet the winner is among the first three titles you listed.

    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Mon May 23, 2011 at 07:17:00 AM PDT

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