Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Louisiana authors win 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards, Zachary Lazar makes New York Times list

            Goodreads announced the winners of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards decided by readers.             
            Two Louisiana authors made the list!
            Mo Willems’s “The Pigeon Needs a Bath!” won for best picture book and Ann Rice’s “Prince Lestat” won for best horror novel.
             Finalists include Greg Iles’s “Natchez Burning;” Laura Lane McNeal for “Doll-baby;” James Lee Burke’s “Wayfaring Stranger;” Walter Isaacson’s “The Innovators;” Robin Roberts’ “Everybody’s Got Something;” and the graphic novel “Chew, Vol. 8: Family Recipes” by John Layman and Rob Guillory.
      In other news, New Orleans novelist Zachary Lazar made The New York Times' list of “100 Notable Books of 2014” for his third novel, “I Pity the Poor Immigrant.” You can read more about his book here.

Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at cherecoen@gmail.com.