The Historian (Little, Brown) by Elizabeth Kostova was recently named a Book Sense Book of the Year in the adult fiction category. The annual award, sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, is given for the book that independent bookstore owners and their staff most enjoyed selling in the previous year. The award is also given in the categories of adult nonfiction, children’s literature, and children’s illustrated.
The books that were short-listed for the award are Kafka on the Shore (Knopf) by Haruki Murakami, The March (Random House) by E.L. Doctorow, Saturday (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday) by Ian McEwan, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Random House) by Lisa See.
Kostova and other honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 19.