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    A nominee for the 2008 Borders Original Voices Award…

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | November 24, 2008

    This was unexpected:

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov 24, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — Borders today announced the nominees for the 2008 Original Voices Awards. Now in its 13th year, the Original Voices Awards recognize fresh, compelling and ambitious works from the new and emerging talents of 2008 in fiction, non-fiction, young adult/independent reader and children’s picture books. The winners in the four categories will each receive $5,000 in prize money from Borders, and their books will be featured in the company’s more than 500 superstores across the country.
    “Through our exclusive Original Voices program, we are able to share our employees’ passion for discovering and recommending unique books directly with our customers, and recognize the work of some of this year’s finest authors,” said Rob Gruen, executive vice president of Merchandising and Marketing.
    Borders selects innovative and inspiring new books from first-time authors, as well as works that represent a new direction for established authors for the Original Voices program. Throughout the year, more than 100 contemporary authors and illustrators from around the world are highlighted to customers through in-store features that rotate on a monthly basis. Earlier this month, nominees for the Awards were chosen by both corporate and store employees via an online voting process. A committee of corporate staff members representing each of the four categories will read and discuss each finalist and select the winners, which will be announced in January and recognized at an awards ceremony this spring.

    The nominees for the 2008 Original Voices Awards are:


    — “Dear American Airlines,” by Jonathan Miles (Houghton Mifflin)
    — “The Cellist of Sarajevo,” by Steven Galloway (Riverhead)
    — “The Good Thief,” by Hannah Tinti (The Dial Press)
    — “The Lace Reader,” by Brunonia Barry (William Morrow)
    — “The Somnambulist,” by Jonathan Barnes (William Morrow)
    — “The White Tiger,” by Aravind Adiga (Free Press)

    — “The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler,” by Thomas Hager (Harmony)
    — “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food,” by Jennifer 8 Lee (Twelve)
    — “The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World,” by Eric Weiner (Twelve)
    — “The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood,” by Helene Cooper (Simon & Schuster)
    — “The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective,” by Kate Summerscale (Walker & Company)
    — “We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever,” by Benjamin Mee (Weinstein Books)

    Two Twelve books! and I know Helene Cooper too. Yay.

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