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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Book-of-the-Month® Club announces the 2010 winner of the First Fiction Award

Book-of-the-Month® club has announced the winner of the 2010 First Fiction Award. The award has been given to Stephen M. Irwin for his novel The Dead Path (Doubleday), an incredible debut that is original, elegant and completely terrifying. You may never go into the woods again. "Discovering and promoting new authors is something we've been doing for eighty-five years here at the Club," said Deborah Sinclaire, Editor-in-Chief of Book-of-the-Month® Club. "This award is our way of recognizing authors whose debut novels have had a powerful impact on our editorial team as well as our readers." The Book-of-the-Month® Club First Fiction Award is granted annually by the club's editorial board to recognize an outstanding first work of fiction in the English language. The First Fiction Award, first given in 1995, represents the high standard of fictional writing published in the U.S. that the Book-of-the-Month® Club wishes to honor in new novelists. Past winners have included Push by Sapphire (the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film, Precious) and Justin Cronin's Mary and O'Neil. (Justin Cronin's The Passage, is currently being made into a Ridley Scott-produced film.)

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