It’s been an exciting few weeks in the book world! From the Nobel Prize in Literature to the Andrew Carnegie Medals, some superb authors and books have been racking up the accolades.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 was awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.
The 2017 Man Booker Prize Shortlist
The shortlist includes 4321 by Paul Auster, History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, Elmet by Fiona Mozley, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, and Autumn by Ali Smith.
The 2017 National Book Awards Finalists
The finalists in fiction are Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman, The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado, and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.
The finalists in nonfiction are Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, and Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean.
The finalists in Young People’s Literature are What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold, Far from the Tree by Robin Benway, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, and American Street by Ibi Zoboi.
The 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist
The longlist for fiction includes The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam, 4 3 2 1 by Paul Aster, Days without End by Sebastain Barry, The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyn, What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons, The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, American War by Omar El Akkad, Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides, History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund, Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, Human Acts by Han Kang, White Tears by Hari Kunzru, The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge, Five-Carat Soul by James McBride, The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott, Augustown by Kei Miller, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, The Golden House by Salman Rushdie, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Spoils by Brian Van Reet, and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.
The longlist for nonfiction includes You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Alexie Sherman, Hué 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden, Grant by Ron Chernow, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg, True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement by Jon Else, Richard Nixon by John A. Farrell, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr., Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Stephen Greenblatt, Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman, Theft by Finding: Diaries, 1977-2002 by David Sedaris, Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan, Gorbachev: His Life and Times by William Taubman, The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease by Meredith Wadman, The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis, and Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young.