Kirkus Reviews announced Tuesday the six finalists for the fourth annual Kirkus Prize in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Readers’ Literature.
Winners in the three categories will each receive $50,000, and will be announced at a special ceremony in Austin on , November 2, two days prior to the start of the Texas Book Festival.
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This year’s finalists were chosen from 610 young readers’ literature titles, 369 fiction titles, and 293 nonfiction titles. Eligible books have received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews over the past year. An panel of judges, composed of nationally known writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians, and Kirkus critics, select the Kirkus Prize finalists and winners.
The finalists for the 2017 Kirkus Prize are:
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Riverhead)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)
White Tears by Hari Kunzru (Knopf)
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf)
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)
The judges for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction are: Kirkus critic and author Mark Athitakis, bookseller and NAIBA board member Hannah Oliver Depp, and writer Meg Wolitzer.
The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/Norton)
The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Sharks' Teeth to Frogs' Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come from by Edward Dolnick (Basic)
Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood (Riverhead)
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli (Coffee House)
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael Twitty (Amistad/HarperCollins)
Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls (Univ. of Chicago)
The judges for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction are: 2016 National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi, Book Table manager Javier Ramirez, and Kirkus critic and author Linda Simon.
YOUNG READERS’ LITERATURE
Me Tall, You Small by Lilli L’Arronge and translated by Madeleine Stratford (Owlkids)
Walk With Me by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng and translated by Elisa Amado (Groundwood)
Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan, translated by Helen Wang, and illustrated by Meilo So (Candlewick)
It All Comes Down to This by Karen English (Clarion)
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (DCB)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray)
The judges for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature are: librarian Jos N. Holman, a former president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association; writer Pam Muñoz Ryan, the author of Echo, a 2015 Kirkus Prize winner and Newbery Honor book; and Kirkus critic and librarian Laura Simeon.
For the first time, a finalist has received her second nomination. Valeria Luiselli, author of nonfiction finalist Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions was nominated in the fiction category in 2015 for her novel The Story of My Teeth.
The previous Kirkus Prize winners are:
2016: The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan, In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi, and As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
2015: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
2014: Euphoria by Lily King, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, and Aviary Wonders Inc. by Kate Samworth.