In the USA, the National Book Awards have been announced:
Fiction: Europe Central by William T. Vollmann. Non-fiction: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Poetry: Migration: New and Selected Poems by W.S. Merwin.
The Merwin is amazing, and the Didion is a heart-breaker. I haven't read the Vollmann, but I plan to.
And in Canada, the Governor General's Literary Awards have been announced:
Fiction: A Perfect night to Go to China by David Gilmour. Non-fiction: The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant. Poetry - Processional by Anne Compton.
Vaillant was a good choice, but the fiction and poetry winners are disappointing. IMHO, the fiction award should have gone to Joseph Boyden for Three Day Road, and the poetry award should have gone to Over the Roofs of the World by Olive Senoir (this is, of the books that were nominated).
(edited by Stilton on 18.11.05 1614) He was a popular attraction until he choked to death on a corn kernel.
Needful Things actually came out around 1991, actually, and to say that that was his last good book is not true. Since then he has finished the Dark Tower series, written the amazing Insomnia, Black House, and Bag of Bones to name a few.