Monday, January 9, 2012

Announcing the 2011 Indie Lit Award shortlists

The 2011 Indie Lit Award fiction shortlist:

Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney
Cross Currents by John Shorts
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene

The 2011 Indie Lit Award shortlists were announced this weekend, and I can't wait to start reading the titles that made the  fiction shortlist (for which I am a judge this year). It has everything I look for in a shortlist: a book I've read (The Night Circus), a couple of titles I've been meaning to get to (Cross Currents and Silver Sparrow), and two titles that are new to me (Dance Lessons and The Last Time I Saw Paris.) There's an impressive variety of settings in these novels: Scotland, Thailand, just about everywhere, Atlanta and Paris. I'll be reading these titles over the next two months and discussing their merits with my fellow judges. I won't be posting reviews on these titles until the winner and runner-up are announced in mid-March.

Now tell me: which title are you most excited to see on this year's shortlist? 

The shortlists for the other categories are available on the Indie Lit Awards web site.

As an affiliate, I receive a very, very small commission when you make a purchase through any of the above links. Thank you for helping to support my book habits that bring more content to this blog!


  1. Oh, I loved The Night Circus, and need to get to Cross Currents soon. I am going to have to add these others to my list as well, seeing as they are finalists! Great post today!

  2. I'm excited to see Tarayi Jones on there of course. I haven't heard too much about Dance Lessons but have heard it's good. I may have to attempt these... The Night Circus was on my TBR anyway.

  3. I am most interesting in Dance Lessons since it was a title I had never heard of prior to the nominations.

  4. I really need to read The Night Circus. I'm just worried my expectations are too high.

  5. Nice list -- can't wait to see what you think of them. I've passed on Cross Currents but regret it now -- it gets rave reviews from everyone who's read it!

  6. Well I've read one of them so that's a start at least!

  7. I'm most excited about Silver Sparrow being on that list! It was such a juicy book.

  8. Super excited to see The Night Circus. And besides that, I see a lot I need to read!

  9. Somehow I'm not surprised to see the Night Circus on the list with all the buzz it's received lately. Sadly I haven't heard of many of the others, though!

  10. I am excited to see Dance Lessons on there - I read and reviewed it last year and loved it! It is nice to see it get some exposure through the Indie Lit Awards and I hope it allows it to be discovered by more people.


Thank you for taking the time to comment. Happy reading!