Kirkus Announces Best Books of 2011

As regular readers of the BLog know, I don’t obsess much over awards and lists and such. But I felt like I just had to mention this: Mangaman has only been available in stores for a couple of weeks, but it’s already made Kirkus’s list of the Best Teen Books of 2011. If you don’t believe me, you can click that link and see for yourself.

It really is a thrill to have the book connect like that, and it’s especially thrilling to be on a list with authors whom I admire and respect so much, like Libba Bray and Paul Griffin.

There is also a nice little interview with yours truly about the book, its origins, and some of its philosophical underpinnings.

My only regret? Perhaps due to space constraints or some fluke of a database somewhere, Kirkus lists Mangaman as “by Barry Lyga.” And of course, the book is actually “by Barry Lyga and Colleen Doran.” Colleen deserves at least fifty percent of the credit for this honor, and I hope y’all will take to Twitter (@ColleenDoran) or her website ( and shower her with congratulations!

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