Jonathan Franzen Is the Worst, Monkey Sex, and Other Highlights from the 2011 Moby Awards

Book folks gathered last night in Brooklyn to celebrate the best in worst in book trailers, as indie publisher Melville House handed out their second annual round of Moby Awards.  Gary Shteyngart and Tao Lin were on hand to sanctify the ceremony, along with a who’s-who of internet literati, including Laura Miller (Salon), Blake Butler (HTML Giant), Jason Boog (GalleyCat), Patrick Brown (GoodReads), Andy Hunter (Electric Literature), C. Max Magee (The Millions), Troy Patterson (Slate), and Dennis Johnson, founder of Melville House. From the press release—

The full list of recipients for this year’s award—a golden whale—is as follows:


Lifetime Achievement Award:

Ron Charles – Acceptance Speech


Grand Jury/We’re Giving You This Award Because Otherwise You’d Win Too Many Other Awards:
Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart


Book Trailer As Stand Alone Art Object:

How Did You Get This Number? – Sloane Crosley


Best Big House:

Packing for Mars – Mary Roach


Worst Big House:

Savages – Don Winslow


Best Small House:

Tree of Codes – Jonathan Safran Foer


Worst Small / No House:

Pirates: The Midnight Passage – James R. Hannibal


Worst Performance by an Author:

Jonathan Franzen – Freedom


Most Celebtastic Performance

James Franco – Super Sad True Love Story


What Are We Doing To Our Children?

It’s A Book – Lane Smith


General Technical Excellence and Courageous Pursuit of Gloriousness:

Electric Literature


Most Monkey Sex:
Bonobo Handshake – Vanessa Woods


Worst Soundtrack:



Most Angelic Angel Falling to Earth:
Torment – Lauren Kate


Most Conflicted

TCooper – Beaufort Diaries


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