Just so you don’t get your hopes up, I don’t actually know the secret truth behind book awards. Except that the people on the jury frequently don’t share my taste. They like “experimental” books (aka, incomprehensible). Of the various books that I’ve read that have won awards, the only book awards that I agree with fairly consistently are kids’ book awards. The Pulitzer, the Man Booker, the Governor General, they very often leave me baffled at why they choose one book over another, and how they even make the shortlist.
In the very near future, I will review Julian Barnes’ “The Sense of an Ending”, where I have to say I spent more time pondering one of the comments on the book jacket than the book itself.
In the meantime, please enjoy this article written by author C.B. Forrest, with his say on book awards.
I also quite enjoyed his other article with book award commentary as well: