"Awards season" is all year long in the book world (probably looking for those seasonal sales boosts) but some more significant ones have announced nominees recently, and the Pulitzer winners were announced yesterday. The Seattle Times took one for Breaking News Reporting for their work on the Tacoma police officer shootings and the subsequent man hunt. The Portland Mercury ...did not win one, but then neither did Willamette Week or the Oregonian. (I'm guessing that the Beau Breedlove and Sam Adams dalliance tour of Portland map wasn't Pulitzer material.)

Selected Pulitzer Winners:

Fiction - Tinkers by Paul Harding

History - Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed

Biography - The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles

Poetry - Versed by Rae Armantrout

General Nonfiction - The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman

Nominee lists after the jump.

Hugo Award Nominees for Best Novel:

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
The City & The City by China Miéville
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America by Robert Charles Wilson
Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
Wake by Robert J. Sawyer
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Nebula Award Nominees for Best Novel:

(Wait! What the hell's the difference between the Nebula and the Hugo award?)
(The Nebula Awards are voted on by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and have been around since 1965. The Hugos are presented by the World Science Fiction Society which is basically a few select SciFi conventions around the world where they collect ballots. Established in 1955.)

The Windup Girlby Paolo Bacigalupi
The Love We Share Without Knowing by Christopher Barzak
Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman
The City and the City by China Miéville
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Finch by Jeff VanderMeer

Eisner Award Nominees for Best Graphic Album (which just means Graphic Novel):

Asterios Polyp by David Mazzuccheilli
A Distant Neighborhood by Jiro Taniguchi
The Book of Genesis by R. Crumb
My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill by Jean Regnaud and émile Bravo
The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre, and Frédéric Lemerier
Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter adapted by Darwyn Cooke