The Daphne Awards

The Daphne Awards are named after the nymph who turned into a laurel tree in mythology. Founded in 2014 by Bookslut's creator Jessa Crispin, they are made to revisit the literary awards of 50 years ago. The 2014 awards revisit the 1964 awards, which actually awarded the best books of 1963, as it happens. They were inspired by the frustration with awards that so frequently go to the mediocre and the safe, and the realization that often times truly transformative work takes years or decades to be acknowledged and embraced.

2014 Winners

Fiction: The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
Nonfiction: The Reawakening by Primo Levi
Poetry: Requiem by Anna Akhamtova
Children's: Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Backáby Shel Silverstein

2014 Nominees


Hopscotcháby Julio Cortazar
The Bell Jaráby Sylvia Plath
The Griftersáby Jim Thompson
The Clownáby Heinrich B÷ll
Ice Palaceáby Tarjei Vesaas
Dreambook for Our Timeáby Tadeusz Konwicki
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Seaáby Yukio Mishima


Fire Next Timeáby James Baldwin
Anti-Intellectualism in American Lifeáby Richard Hofstadter
The American Way of Deatháby Jessica Mitford
Eichmann in Jerusalemáby Hannah Arendt
The Reawakeningáby Primo Levi
The Making of the English Working Classáby EP Thompson


Burning Percháby Louis MacNeice
Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Lawáby Adrienne Rich
Requiemáby Anna Akhmatova
Selected Poemsáby Gwendolyn Brooks
Five Sensesáby Judith Wright
Poemsáby Gwen Harwood
At the End of the Open Roadáby Louis Simpson

Children's Literature

The Dot and the Lineáby Norton Juster
Where the Wild Things Areáby Maurice Sendak
Mr. Rabbitáby Charlotte Zolotow
Haroldĺs ABCáby Crockett Johnson
Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Backáby Shel Silverstein
The Moon by Nightáby Madeline LĺEngle
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detectiveáby Donald J. Sobol
Gashlycrumb Tiniesáby Edward Gorey