A new edition of New York’s best-selling, best-read book guide, published online by the Independent on Thursday, has been crowned the New York Book Awards Best Book of 2014.
“A lot of people have been waiting to see what I would write next,” said author and professor Daniel Greenfield, whose novel, The Last Word, is among the books chosen.
“I’m excited to see where this book goes.”
The winner is The New Yorker’s Booklist, which will receive a $5,000 cash prize and an invitation to read the next edition at the annual event in August.
“There are a lot of books that you want to read,” said Greenfield.
“There’s something special about a book that’s a little bit more accessible, that has a little more fun to it.”
Greenfield and other winners include:”A Lot of People,” by Amy Tan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)This novel follows the story of an immigrant whose life becomes intertwined with a small family and a small town in northern California.
The book also was named one of the best books of 2014 by the Associated Press and was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Outstanding Book.
“I just can’t get enough of writing books,” said Tan.
“It’s a really unique, rich, beautiful thing to be able to be in the same room with somebody and share a book.”
The award also was honored by the Pulitzer Prize and the Samuel R. Delany Award.
The list of winners includes more than 70 authors, including Nobel Prize winner Margaret Atwood, whose book, The Handmaid’s Tale, was a nominee for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.
It was also honored for its contribution to literary criticism, including the Pulitzer.
The Associated Press selected the list of finalists in its 2015 Pulitzer Book Award and said the book “reaffirms the enduring power of critical inquiry, and its enduring importance to our national discourse.”
The book was also recognized as the best American book of 2014 in the National Book Critics Circle’s 2013 book of the year award.
It also won the award for Best New Publication in the book section of the National Review.
Other nominees for the 2014 Pulitzer prize included “A Short History of the English Language” by Benjamin Franklin, by Daniel Bell, “The End of the Tour” by Stephen King and “The Last Word” by Daniel Greenfeld.
The Pulitzer is awarded annually to the best book of a single year.
The New York City Public Library’s Public Library of America also announced the list, which includes more that 30,000 titles.