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And the Winner Is...
Each fall we keep our eye on some of our favorite book awards, including the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, the Man Booker Prize and of course, the Nobel prize for literature. Here are this year's winners, ready to be added to your list of books to read this season: Down to the Sea in Ships. In this vivid meditation on the unforgiving ocean and the age-old business of international shipping, writer Horatio Clare climbs aboard a container ship as writer-in-residence. His beautiful and terrifying narrative presents a largely unrecorded world in which crews battle pirates, withstand battering waves and endure backbreaking labor. A profoundly human portrait of the oceans and industrial commerce.
Booker Prize 2013
From the Man Booker Prize...
So, Eleanor Catton with The Luminaries it is. The youngest Man Booker winner in the prize's history (she is 28 but completed The Luminaries aged 27) has triumphed with the longest ever Man Booker winning novel (832 pages). Catton is just the second New Zealander to win the prize, the first being Keri Hulme with The Bone People in 1985.
Destination Stewardship Award
Peaks of the Balkans – from the countries of Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro – was awarded the Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Stewardship Award at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s 13th Global Summit in Abu Dhabi on April 9. Bill Clinton delivered the keynote address. The three other winners were El Nido Resorts in the Philippines (Community Benefit Award), South Africa’s Luxury Safari Lodge & Beyond (Conservation Award) and Air New Zealand (Global Tourism Business Award). The TTA is chaired by Costas Christ, an editor of National Geographic Traveler and the judges this year also included Jalsa Urubshurow, President of Nomadic Expeditions.
Mantel Wins the Booker, Again
Hilary Mantel became the first woman — and the first Briton — to win the coveted Man Booker Prize twice with her utterly absorbing sequel to Wolf Hall. Mantel delves into the heart of Tudor history in Bring up the Bodies, tracing in riveting detail the downfall of Anne Boleyn over nine momentous months in 1535.
Year's Best Reads
It could be a novel, travelogue, travel guide, memoir, history or field guide. We're putting together our list of the Best Travel Books of 2012 — and we need you help! Please nominate your favorite books about place, published in 2012.  We're considering Roger Crowley's City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas, the fantastically good Blue Guide India,  the Colombian novelist Hector Abad's powerful memoir of his father,
Suu Kyi Visits U.S.
On her first trip to the United States in decades, the Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi has been busy indeed! She received the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, when she also met privately with President Obama in the Oval Office. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama was looking forward to the visit, "as it provides another opportunity to reaffirm our long-standing support for her struggle and the struggle of many others toward democratic, just and transparent governance in Burma.
Dolman Travel Book of the Year
John Gimlette wins the Dolman Travel Book of the Year for Wild Coast, Travels on South America's Untamed Edge — a Longitude Best of 2011 and simply the best thing going on the Guyanas.
100 Hotels
Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Kasbah Bab Ourika outside Marrakesh, Waimea Plantation Cottages on Kuaia and Villa d'Este on Lake Cuomo were among Fodor’s 100 best hotels, announced last night. Spotted were local travel writers (David Farley, AnneLise Sorensen) and ex Longitude editor Aaron Starmer’s wife Cate, who works for Fodor’s. Amanda D’Acierno, Fodor’s new publisher, made the announcement to a very appreciative crowd at a gala event at 632 on Hudson in the West Village.  We were also pleased to see Fodor's editor and digerati Arabella Brown on the stage (she spoke too).
Hessler Gets a MacArthur
As astute as any observer on China with a gift for dialogue, Longitude favorite author Peter Hessler (River Town, Oracle Bones, Country Driving) was named a 2011 McArthur Fellow today. The Beijing-based correspondent for The New Yorker from 2000-2007, Hessler and his wife and fellow author Leslie T.
Award Winners
Two terrific novels, Colum McCann's gravity-defying Let the Great World Spin, set in New York city in 1974 as Philippe Petit high-wire walks between the twin towers, and The Tiger's Wife, youngster Tea Obrecht's rich family saga set in the war-torn Balkans, have both garnered prizes this month. If you haven't already, we suggest adding both to your Summer Reading list.