Monday, August 6, 2007

2007 Mythopoeic Award Nominees

Location: Mythcon XXXVIII in Berkeley, California.

Comments: Although the Mythopoeic Society's primary mission is to promote the works of and scholarship about the members of the Inklings, in most years the Myth and Fantasy Studies category is comprised of a set works that appear to be far more interesting than the set of works nominated for the Inklings Studies category. The cause is, I think, the narrowness of the Inklings Studies category which in 2007 consisted of four works about Tolkien, which seems quite limited when compared with the breadth of topics addressed by the nominees in the Myth and Fantasy category - Arthurian mythology, Vampires, Beauty and the Beast, Owen Barfield, and a foursome of English fantasy authors.

Best Adult Fantasy Literature

Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip

Other Nominees:
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
The Line Between by Peter S. Beagle
The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
Three Days to Never by Tim Powers

Best Children's Fantasy Literature

Corbenic by Catherine Fisher

Other Nominees:
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide by Christina Schull and Wayne G. Hammond

Other Nominees:
Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology by Verlyn Flieger
Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-Earth by Marjorie Burns
The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall, and Edmund Weiner

Myth and Fantasy Studies

Gemstone of Paradise: The Holy Grail in Wolfram's Parzival by G. Ronald Murphy

Other Nominees:
Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children's Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper by Charles Butler
The Lure of the Vampire: Gender, Fiction, and Fandom from Bram Stoker to Buffy by Milly Williamson
The Meanings of "Beauty and the Beast": A Handbook by Jerry Griswold
Owen Barfield: Romanticism Come of Age: A Biography by Simon Blaxland-de Lange

Go to previous year's nominees: 2006
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2008

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