Coates, Writer About Race, Among Kirkus Book Prize Nominees

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

In Sophomore Year, Kirkus Prize Features An Eclectic Mix Of Finalists.

Judges for the Kirkus Prize have whittled a vast list of eligible entrants down to just six finalists each in three categories: fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature.Now in its second year, the Kirkus Prizes — at $50,000 each, one of the heftier purses in American literary awards — announced their finalists Wednesday morning. The annual honors, handed out for the first time last year, each come with a $50,000 award, making them among the most lucrative in the literary world.

Newly named MacArthur fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates — who is having himself quite a year — is on the nonfiction list for Between the World and Me, along with Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk, which last year won the U.K.’s top nonfiction prize. The six fiction finalists are “The Incarnations” by Susan Barker; “A Manual for Cleaning Women,” a posthumous collection of selected short stories by Lucia Berlin; Lauren Groff’s third novel, “Fates and Furies,” which tells the story of a marriage twice, from each spouse’s perspective; “The Story of My Teeth,” by Valeria Luiselli, which was translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney; “The Book of Aron” by Jim Shepard; and Hanya Yanagihara’s second novel, “A Little Life,” which has also been nominated for the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize. Also on the list is Jim Shepard’s The Book of Aron, a Holocaust novel that NPR’s reviewer Michael Schaub calls “horrifying, brutal and angry” — yet still imbued with pitch-black humor. Evans); middle-grade books (“Echo” by Pam Muñoz Ryan and “Funny Bones” by Duncan Tonatiuh); and books for teenagers (“The Game of Love and Death” by Martha Brockenbrough and “Shadowshaper” by Daniel José Older). Simon Winchester, Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers

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