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31st Arthur C. Clarke Award - Winner

31st Arthur C. Clarke Award - Winner

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is the winner of the 31st Arthur C. Clarke Award. The novel is published by Fleet in the UK and Doubleday in the US. The Award was announced at a ceremony held in partnership with Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, on July 27, 2017.

The Underground Railroad has also won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 2016 National Book Award, the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and the 2017 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize.



The Underground Railroad
Doubleday, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

31st Arthur C. Clarke Award - Winner
US Edition
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

US Edition

UK Edition

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013 Winner


The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars winner for May is The Garden of Stones (Echoes of Empire 1) by Mark T. Barnes with 67% of the votes cast. The Garden of Stones was published by 47North  on May 21, 2013.  The cover artwork is by Stephan Martiniere.


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013 Winner




The final results:

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013 Winner




The May Debut Covers
2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013 Winner




Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue soon with voting on the June 2013 Debut covers.


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013 Winner

The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars winner for February is Gillian Philip's Firebrand with 33% of the votes cast. Firebrand (Rebel Angels 1) was published by Tor Books in the US on February 19, 2013.  The cover artwork is by Steve Stone.



2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013 Winner





The final results:

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013 Winner





The February Debut Covers

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013 Winner




Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue soon with voting on the March 2013 Debut covers.


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

And the winners are....

Winner's Choice of one of Lisa Renee Jones' Zodius Novels - Ended May 20, 2012 - Read Guest Blog here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:   Who is your ideal paranormal hero? 

Amber Hughes who said...

One of my favorite paranormal heroes is "Zsadist" from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. His past is so tragic, but when he meets his mate, the healing finally begins. He'll never be perfect, but comes along way in recovering from such a tortured/tragic past.

This was a great post! Thanks very much for the giveaway! Lisa's books are definitely my kind of read :-)


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


Digital Copy of Mythic by Jae Lynne Davies - Ended May 21, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite myth or supernatural being?

Tore who said...

I love angels and vampires. I find them good looking and fascinating. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


My Lord Vampire (Immortal Rogues 1) by Alexandra Ivy - Ended May 23, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  If you are immortal, when were you created or born? 

MamaKitty who said...

How funny - when I'm writing, I tend to go over a scene like a movie clip in my mind as well. I didn't think I was the only person that did that, but it always makes me laugh a little bit when someone else admits it. I don't know why. Maybe because I'm not the only crazy one? :)

If I were an immortal, I think I would have been born back in ancient Egypt. I've always been utterly fascinated with that time period - far more than I probably should be.


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


Choice of Roil (The Nightbound Land 1) or Night's Engines (The Nightbound Land 2) by Trent Jamieson - Ended May 24, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  What is the most recent Fantasy (Epic, High, Urban, etc.) book you've read?

Wrayth Lethe who said...

recently finished re-reading the Trickster series by Rob Thurman :)


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


Guardian of the Night (Vampire Moons 4) by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom - Ended May 25, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  Which historical figure or figures do you think should be a vampire(s)?

marybelle who said...

Queen Victoria would make a scary vampire.


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, June 3, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2012 Winner

The results are in and the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars winner for January is Myke Cole's Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) with 240 votes equaling 46% of the votes cast. The winning cover artist is Michael Komarck


2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2012 Winner


The final results:

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2012 Winner


2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2012 Winner


Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue later this month with voting on the 15 February debut covers.

Winner of the Black Sun's Daughter Series

It's Black Friday. I can't think of a better day to announce the winner of the Black Sun's Daughter Series by M.L.N. Hanover!


Question:  Do you go shopping on Black Friday?

Robin K who said...
I am absolutely am! I cannot wait to take a day off and spend some cash on the babies :)



The winner has been notified and has until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, December 2, 2011 to claim the books or The Qwillery will randomly choose a new winner. Thank to everyone who participated.

Winners x 10 - August 7, 2011

Lots of winners!

Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011


Anassa who said...

I read about 4 books a month, and am developing a complex over being too busy to read more.

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Bride of the Wolf, Luck of the Wolf, and Code of the Wolf by Susan Krinard

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

Saribonita who said...

I like Vampires, but LOVE werewolves! Always have, I guess maybe because of the shape-shifting mystique! :)

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Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

Jack Provencher who said...

I like Spring, but I love Autumn. It can contain an Indian Summer, but it also can be cool & breezy. And for atmosphere, it can cause chills, and is a perfect time of year for gothic tales, as well as stories of horror.

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The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross and "Radioactive" Steampunk Necklace by Cemetery Cat Jewelry

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

RtB Admin who said...

I haven't read any steampunk. It's a genre I've kept meaning to try, but just haven't found the book to do it... perhaps this is the one. :)


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Soft Apocalypse (2 e-books) by Will McIntosh

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011


Tore who said...

Dystopia but I do like both. Please enter me in contest.


and

Vivien who said...

This really sounds fantastic!!!
Dystopia


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500 GFC Follower Giveaway: Ghost Story (Dresden Files 13) by Jim Butcher

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

Annette said...

Congrats!

I'd love to enter the contest. I'm follower Annette.


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Signed copies of Shadow Fall by Seressia Glass (2 copies)

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011


Escape by Fiction who said...

I think all aspects of ancient mythology is cool - I'm really fond of Egyptian, Mayan and Greek.


and

Lee who said...

What is your favorite mythology? African? Egyption? Greek? Indian? Something else?Mine..Native American, east coast Cherokee, or southwestern Dine and just about all in between.. especially tales of coyote. But I also admit I like a Celtic tale or two about the Shide. But as Joseph Campbell says all mythos touch on each other.


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Signed copy of Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

Bethany C. who said...

Hmmm, usually doesn't matter to me if the story's good, but I guess I would like to see some (more?) set in the DC metro area.





The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM United States Eastern Time on August 14, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner and winners.

Thank you to everyone who reads the blog!

Winners! - July 30, 2011

Here are the winners of some recent giveaways.


Dead Iron: The Age of Steam by Devon Monk and 17 Jewels from Cemetery Cat Jewelry

Winners! - July 30, 2011

Winners! - July 30, 2011


pattepoilue who said

My favorite genre is Historical romance! I love UF and Steampunk too but I tend to read more historicals ;)



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Hunted by Others, Taken by Others, or Deceived by Others - winner's choice or 1 of these books

Winners! - July 30, 2011

marybelle who said

What does it say about me that my favorite video game right now is LEGO Harry Potter?



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A Shot in the Dark (Jesse James Dawson 2)

Winners! - July 30, 2011


Theresa @ Fade Into Fantasy who said

Oh my goodness, yes! I get sidetracked wayyyy too easily when searching the internet. LOL Thanks for the giveaway!



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A Taste of the Nightlife (Vampire Chef Mystery 1) by Sarah Zettel

Winners! - July 30, 2011

cyn209 who said...

my favorite snack or meal??? too many choices, by i would have to say favorite snack is CHIPS!! favorite meals???? spaghetti or pizza!!!!



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Vampire Babylon series by Chris Marie Green

Winners! - July 30, 2011

Gail who said

I love all westerns! Rio Bravo is one of my favs. John Wayne, Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson, it had it all :-) My current favorite postapocalytic book(s) are Faith Hunter's Rogue Mage series. I'm looking forward to reading Bloodlands!




The winners have been notified and have until Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 11:59PM US Eastern Time to claim their goodies or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

As usual... thank you to everyone who participated!

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

Winners! Lots and lots of winners. I'm having a bit of a hard time typing these days. I've just picked up a microphone and am going to try telling my computer what to do. If my computer is anything like my small humans, this will not work so well. :)  So this time around, winners will have to contact me with their shipping information.

Send the info to "theqwillery2  aht gmail doht com" *take out the spaces and fix the aht and doht*

Winners have until Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:59PM US Eastern Time to send their mailing information or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

And without further ado... the winners:


June Book of the Month Giveaway - Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles 1) and Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles 2) by Kevin Hearne

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

krysykat who said...

"My favorite book that I just finished reading is "No Place Like Holmes" by Jason Lethcoe."


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Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead 1) and Flip This Zombie (Living with the Dead 2) by Jesse Petersen

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

ReneeRearden who said...

"Jesse,

Your books sound fantastic! I LOVED Zombieland. I can't wait to read Married With Zombies and Flip This Zombie!!!

So keeping in mind the proximity to a zombie, their teeth really, I'd have to have a sword. Stabbing through the eye or taking off the head would kill the zombie brain and still keep a little more distance from their bite radius than other weapons. And then there's the whole not running out of bullets issue! =D

Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway!!!"


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Blood Law (Alexandra Sabian 1) and Blood Secrets (Alexandra Sabian 2) by Jeannie Holmes

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

latishajean who said...

"My favorite is twilight and the underworld movies! What a great giveaway thank you so much!"


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Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell 1) by Jenn Bennett

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

Melissa (Books and Things) who said...

"Love the interview. I have had this book on my blog's wishlist! I do want to read this one!

However the drink question is quite easy. I'd order a Dr. Pepper from Hell. It's a real drink and good. ;)"


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Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between (Rhiannon's Law 1) ebook by J.A. Saare

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

Julie who said...

"I can tell when my kids are lying - does that count?! Well, at least THEY think I have a supernatural talent, and that comes in very handy sometimes!"


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Arc of The Whitefire Crossing (The Shattered Sigil 1) by Courtney Schafer

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011
ARC cover may be different

Raychelle who said...

I don't buy a book specifically for it's cover, but it is what draws me to it and I usually buy it. Although, I would have bought Nightshade by Andrea Cremer even if it did not have a good story just because the cover was so stunning.


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Dark War (Matt Richter 3) by Tim Waggoner

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011


Irv the Nerve who said...

Sounds fascinating. I'd sure like to read it.


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Signed copies of Red Hot Fury (Shades of Fury 1) and Green-Eyed Envy (Shades of Fury 2) by Kasey Mackenzie. North America Only!

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011


Kelly who said...

"okay favorite Mythological Creature... would have to be a Dragon... Any dragon, well unless they are trying to eat me..."


Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to everyone who stops by The Qwillery.

Winners x 5 - June 18, 2011

Here are the winners of the last 5 closed giveaways at The Qwillery. Check the Giveaways page to see which giveaways are still open.

And the winners are...

Signed copy of Blood of the Wicked by Karina Cooper

Winners x 5 - June 18, 2011

Danielle Gorman who said...


Congrats on the release of your book. I can't wait to read it. I absolutely love your covers and this series sounds really good. Plus, I just love reading about witches.

I would definitely pick the witches. Witches rock.













Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay

Winners x 5 - June 18, 2011




Teril who said...


I want a kelpie. Cute guy and a sweet ride! Bring him home to me ;)















Shadow Bound (Shadow 1), Shadow Fall (Shadow 2) and ARC of Shadowman (Shadow 3) by Erin Kellison (note that the ARC cover may be different)

Winners x 5 - June 18, 2011
Lieder Madchen who said

Yay! Another Lois McMaster Bujold fan. :) I would love to see her books made into movies, especially the Vorkosigan saga and the Curse of Chalion. Recently i read Sherrilyn Kenyon's League novels and they were great, especially the newest one. For a great chick flick, I would like them to make a movie of the Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson. :)

Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison (Shadow 1), Bonded by Blood by Laurie London (Sweetblood 1), and Ascension (Guardians of Ascension 1) by Caris Roane

Winners x 5 - June 18, 2011
LadyVampire2u who said...

I think I would say in general, newbie vampires have a tough struggle. So do shifters to control that primal/predator side of their wild natures. But if I am picking a single character.... From a book I would say Ellysetta Baristani from C L Wilson's Tairen series. I admired how she fought against her dark side even as the darkness tried to presuade her by attacking her friends and even her family.

Forgotten Sea and Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra and Burning Up (anthology) with novella "Shifting Sea" by Virgina Kantra

Winners x 5 - June 18, 2011
rhomitz who said...
What settings work for me?

Any setting works for me. It's the story line and characters that keeps me intrigued.

Where are you going this summer?

We do alot of family camping, so we'll be camping at the beach and the country side. We like both, my daughter's like the beach more, LOL.

What books will I be taking along?

Oh my, I have SOOOO many different books and authors that I read...who ever's books are out at the time is what i'll be taking with. ;)



The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, June 25, 2011 to claim their books or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

As usual... thank you to everyone who participated!
31st Arthur C. Clarke Award - Winner2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013 Winner2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013 WinnerWinners x 5 - May 27, 20122012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2012 WinnerWinner of the Black Sun's Daughter SeriesWinners x  10 - August 7, 2011Winners! - July 30, 2011WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011Winners x 5 - June 18, 2011

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