The year 2008 in books introduced readers to several breakthrough new authors. The year's top prize winners were a mix of debut novels and fresh voices on the literary scene. Stand-outs included first-time novelist Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
and bestselling author Stephenie Meyer's latest Twilight novel, Breaking Dawn
Celebrities made us think twice about their dual roles as writers. Former 90210 star Tori Spelling took a life story of material wealth and shaky marital history and turned it into a runaway bestseller with Stori Telling
. Literary titans such as J.K. Rowling proved that there is life after a series ends and humorists such as David Sedaris reminded us how funny social vices can sometimes be.