want to know how to snag a book prize before publication?

April 15, 2010

use Miguel Syjuco’s first novel “Ilustrado” as your model which won the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Philippines’ Palanca Award as an unpublished manuscript.  “Ilustrado” also earned 4 starred reviews from PW, LJ, Kirkus (gasp!), and Booklist.  The Booklist review entices with this description:

Once the literary lion of his home country, Crispin Salvador is teaching and working on his breakthrough exposé novel, The Bridges Ablaze, when his body washes up in the Hudson River. Wanting to know whether his mentor committed suicide or was murdered, his student and friend (who, like the author, is named Syjuco) sets out on a quest that takes him back to the Philippines for both the truth and the missing manuscript.

and the LJ verdict?

Through his vivid use of language, Syjuco has crafted a beautiful work of historical fiction that’s part mystery and part sociopolitical commentary. Readers who enjoyed Junot Daz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao will enjoy this literary gem.

it was also one of the picks at the previously mentioned PLA Book Buzz with Nancy Pearl.

free arc to the first Sno-Isle Libraries employee to comment.

posting by marin


2 Responses to “want to know how to snag a book prize before publication?”

  1. joanne levien Says:

    anything recommended by Pearl is a winner usually;) Thanks, Joanne

  2. myounker Says:

    joanne, i am sending it along.

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