Lists by the dozen and even lists of a dozen litter the landscape of cliche and alliteration and bad puns. Still, this Abe Book Review of 2011 is eclectic and not a chore to handle. One of the many things I missed was: "Prince William’s bride Kate Middleton is revealed to be a distant relation of novelist Jane Austen, according to a genealogy website." Catch up on the year past (more easy for thee than for poor Scrooge) and then charge headlong into the new.
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A Literary Review of 2011
- Bestselling children’s author Dick King-Smith dies at 88. His 1983 book The Sheep-Pig inspired the 1995 movie Babe. King-Smith wrote more than 100 books.
- Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool wins the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished book for children and A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead wins the Caldecott Medal for best illustrated children’s book.
- St. Lucia poet Derek Walcott wins the T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry with his collection, White Egrets.
- The letters of reclusive writer JD Salinger, who died in 2010, revealed he liked gardening, eating hamburgers and following the career of tennis player Tim Henman.
- AbeBooks’ bestselling signed book of the month is The Empty Family by Colm Toibin.
- AbeBooks launches its own YouTube Channel.
- Redwall author Brian Jacques dies at 91. His fantasy series about animals was translated into 29 languages and sold 20 million copies.
- Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, is accused by her brother’s former maid that she used her life story in the novel.
- An unpublished and previously unknown Enid Blyton novel is discovered - Mr Tumpy’s Caravan is a 180-page fantasy story about a magical caravan.
- John Le Carre donates his literary archive to Oxford University, including the first manuscript forTinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
- AbeBooks’ bestselling signed book in February is Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.