Previously known as the Bailey's Prize for Fiction (2013-2016) and the Orange Prize for Fiction (1996-2012), the Women's Prize for Fiction announced their 2018 shortlist. The award celebrates "excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world." The shortlist, which includes three debut novelists, is as follows (with bonus links when possible): The Idiot by Elif Batuman (our review) The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar Sight by Jessie Greengrass When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (part of our 2017 Great Book Preview) Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (The Millions' interview with Ward)
The 15th annual RSL Ondaatje Prize announced its 2018 shortlist. The award is given to "a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry" for "best evoking the spirit of a place." (Sidenote: is best evocation of a place's spirit the coolest award criteria known to man or what?) Here is this year's shortlist (with bonus links when applicable): The Epic City by Kushanava Choudhury Once Upon a Time in the East by Xiaolu Guo Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Featured in our 2018 Great Book Preview) Border by Kapka Kassabova Elmet by Fiona Mozley (The Millions' review) Mama Amazonica by Pascale Petit The winner will be announced on May 14, 2018.
The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction announced their 2018 shortlist. Founded in 2010 in honor of the "founding father of the historical novel," the award rewards "writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past." The winner will be announced on June 16, 2018. The 2018 shortlist is as follows: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (The Millions's profile of Egan) Sugar Money by Jane Harris Grace by Paul Lynch The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers Bonus link: Contributing Editor Sonya Chung's essay on historical fiction. [millions_ad]
The Pulitzer jury named Andrew Sean Greer's Less this year's winner in the fiction category. Here are this year's Pulitzer winners and finalists with bonus links: Fiction: Winner: Less by Andrew Sean Greer In the Distance by Hernan Diaz The Idiot by Elif Batuman (read not one, but two Millions' reviews) General Nonfiction: Winner: Locking Up Our Own by James Foreman Jr. Notes on a Foreign Country by Suzy Hansen The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum History: Winner: The Gulf:The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America by Steven J. Ross [millions_ad] Biography or Autobiography: Winner: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser Richard Nixon: The Life by John A. Farrell Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire by Kay Redfield Jamison Poetry: Winner: Half-light by Frank Bidart (Read about the poet IRL) semiautomatic by Evie Shockley Incendiary Art by Patricia Smith (Our interview with Smith) Winners and finalists in other categories are available at the Pulitzer Web site.
The Man Booker International Prize announced their 6-title shortlist — shortened from their 13-title longlist. The prize, which awards translated works of literature, considers both novels and short story collections translated into English and published in the UK. Here the 2018 shortlist (with bonus links where available): Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes The White Book by Han Kang The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai (our review of Krasznahorkai’s collection) Like a Fading Shadow by Antonio Muñoz Molina (Molina's book was one of most anticipated books's of 2017) Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (Saadawi’s 2017 Year in Reading entry) Flights by Olga Tokarczuk The winner of the Man Booker International Prize will be announced on May 22, 2018.
We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, and we decided it would be fun to use those stats to find out what books have been most popular with our readers in recent months. Below you’ll find our Millions Top Ten list for March. Looking for additional book recommendations? One of the benefits of subscribing to The Millions is access to our exclusive monthly newsletter in which our venerable staffers let you know what they’re reading right now. Learn more here. This Month Last Month Title On List 1. 1. 5 Year Diary 4 months 2. 2. Manhattan Beach 6 months 3. 3. Her Body and Other Parties 4 months 4. 4. Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process 5 months 5. 5. Fire Sermon 3 months 6. 6. Little Fires Everywhere 6 months 7. 10. The Immortalists 2 months 8. 7. Sing, Unburied, Sing 4 months 9. 8. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden 3 months 10. 9. My Favorite Thing is Monsters 3 months This month brought nothing new to our list and the top half remains unchanged. The first six titles from February are also the first six titles for March. Mercifully, titles seven, eight, nine, and ten switched places, which gives me enough material to write at least this single sentence. Most of this month's near misses carried over from February as well. The lone newcomer is Tayari Jones's An American Marriage. In our Great 2018 Book Preview, our own Nick Ripatrazone observed that, "In our greatest tragedies, there is the feeling of no escape—and when the storytelling is just right, we feel consumed by the heartbreak." He highlighted Jones's "powerful new novel" as an example of this feat, stating that despite the book's tragic turns of plot, its author "makes sure ... we can’t look away." Next month at least two spots will open up after Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere and Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach graduate to our Hall of Fame. Which books will take their places? Will they be new releases or some of the near misses from our previous lists? There's only one way to find out. In the meantime, those looking for recommendations on what to read should consider subscribing to our monthly "What We're Reading" round-up, which is sent to Millions supporters. You can learn more about the (extremely affordable!) program over here. In recent months, these round-up emails have featured Hannah Gersen on Future Sex, Iľja Rákoš on Penguin Lost, and yours truly on The Trees The Trees, Shelter, and It to name just a few. The round-ups provide quick, snapshot book recommendations from Millions staffers and special guests which serve as digital recreations of the staff picks shelf stickers at your favorite bookstore. In the past four months, I've added at least a dozen books to my "to read" pile thanks to them. This month’s other near misses included: The Odyssey, Frankenstein in Baghdad, Belladonna, Don't Save Anything, and An American Marriage. See Also: Last month's list. [millions_ad]
The inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize, which was announced tonight during a ceremony in New York, was awarded to Mohsin Hamid's Exit West. The award, which was established this year by Aspen Words, is an annual $35,000 prize for "an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture." In a recorded acceptance speech, Hamid said "Exit West is a novel about migration and how the world is changing — and could change — and how we are all migrants, and how we can find an optimistic future together." (Make sure you read our review of Hamid's award-winning novel).
Celebrating its eleventh consecutive year of honoring literature in translation, the Best Translated Book Awards is pleased to announce the 2018 longlists for both fiction and poetry (we announced the 2017 and 2016 winners here at the site). Announced here and at Three Percent, the lists include a diverse range of authors, languages, countries, and publishers. It features an array of notable presses—Ugly Duckling Presse, Black Ocean, Action, White Pines—along with previously nominated translators (Johannes Göransson appears for the second year in a row) and some new names, such as former BTBA judge, Katrine Øgaard Jensen. Combined, the longlists reflect the diversity of international books published last year by featuring authors from twenty-five different countries, writing in eighteen languages, and published by twenty-six different presses. New Directions and Seagull Books are the only presses to have titles on both longlists, with Feminist Press, New Directions, Open Letter, and Ugly Duckling Presse receiving the most nominations, with three longlisted titles each. Thanks to grant funds from the Amazon Literary Partnership, the winning authors and translators will each receive $5,000 cash prizes. Three Percent at the University of Rochester founded the BTBAs in 2008, and over the past seven years, the Amazon Literary Partnership has contributed more than $140,000 to international authors and their translators through the BTBA. The finalists for both the fiction and poetry awards will be announced here at The Millions on Tuesday, May 15, and the winners will be announced on Thursday, May 31 as part of the New York Rights Fair, following the 4:30 panel on “Translated Literature Today: A Decade of Growth.” This year’s fiction jury is made up of: Caitlin Baker (University Book Store, Seattle), Kasia Bartoszyńska (Monmouth College), Tara Cheesman-Olmsted (Reader at Large), Lori Feathers (Interabang Books), Mark Haber (writer, Brazos Bookstore), Adam Hetherington (author), Jeremy Keng (reader, freelance reviewer), Bradley Schmidt (translator), and P.T. Smith (Ebenezer Books, The Scofield). The poetry jury includes: Raluca Albu (BOMB), Jarrod Annis (Greenlight Bookstore), Tess Lewis (writer and translator), Aditi Machado (poet and translator), and Emma Ramadan (translator, Riffraff Bookstore). For more information, visit the official Best Translated Book Award site and the official BTBA Facebook page, and follow the award on Twitter. Over the next month, leading up to the announcement of the shortlists, Three Percent will be featuring a different title each day as part of the “Why This Book Should Win” series. Best Translated Book Award 2018: Fiction Longlist Incest by Christine Angot, translated from the French by Tess Lewis (France, Archipelago) Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated from the French by Rhonda Mullins (Canada, Coach House) Tómas Jónsson, Bestseller by Guðbergur Bergsson, translated from the Icelandic by Lytton Smith (Iceland, Open Letter Books) Compass by Mathias Énard, translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell (France, New Directions) Bergeners by Tomas Espedal, translated from the Norwegian by James Anderson (Norway, Seagull Books) The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán, translated from the Spanish by Will Vanderhyden (Argentina, Open Letter Books) Return to the Dark Valley by Santiago Gamboa, translated from the Spanish by Howard Curtis (Colombia, Europa Editions) Affections by Rodrigo Hasbún, translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes (Bolivia, Simon and Schuster)a Old Rendering Plant by Wolfgang Hilbig, translated from the German by Isabel Fargo Cole (Germany, Two Lines Press) I Am the Brother of XX by Fleur Jaeggy, translated from the Italian by Gini Alhadeff (Switzerland, New Directions) You Should Have Left by Daniel Kehlmann, translated from the German by Ross Benjamin (Germany, Pantheon) Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall, translated from the Polish by Philip Boehm (Poland, Feminist Press) Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo, translated from the French by Allison M. Charette (Madagascar, Restless Books) My Heart Hemmed In by Marie NDiaye, translated from the French by Jordan Stump (France, Two Lines Press) Savage Theories by Pola Oloixarac, translated from the Spanish by Roy Kesey (Argentina, Soho Press) August by Romina Paula, translated from the Spanish by Jennifer Croft (Argentina, Feminist Press) The Magician of Vienna by Sergio Pitol, translated from the Spanish by George Henson (Mexico, Deep Vellum) The Iliac Crest by Cristina Rivera Garza, translated from the Spanish by Sarah Booker (Mexico, Feminist Press) Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell (Argentina, Riverhead) Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag, translated from the Kannada by Srinath Perur (India, Penguin) For Isabel: A Mandala by Antonio Tabucchi, translated from the Italian by Elizabeth Harris (Italy, Archipelago) Ebola '76 by Amir Tag Elsir, translated from the Arabic by Charis Bredin (Sudan, Darf Publishers) The Last Bell by Johannes Urzidil, translated from the German by David Burnett (Germany, Pushkin Press) Radiant Terminus by Antoine Volodine, translated from the French by Jeffery Zuckerman (France, Open Letter Books) Remains of Life by Wu He, translated from the Chinese by Michael Berry (Taiwan, Columbia University Press) Best Translated Book Award 2018: Poetry Longlist Adrenalin by Ghayath Almadhoun, translated from the Arabic by Catherine Cobham (Syria, Action Books) Hackers by Aase Berg, translated from the Swedish by Johannes Goransson (Sweden, Black Ocean Press) Paraguayan Sea by Wilson Bueno, translated from the Portunhol and Guarani to Frenglish and Guarani by Erin Moore (Brazil, Nightboat Books) Things That Happen by Bhaskar Chakrabarti, translated from the Bengali by Arunava Sinha (India, Seagull Books) I Remember Nightfall by Marosa di Giorgio, translated from the Spanish by Jeannine Marie Pitas (Uruguay, Ugly Duckling Presse) Astroecology by Johannes Heldén, translated from the Swedish by Kirkwood Adams, Elizabeth Clark Wessel, and Johannes Heldén (Sweden, Argos Books) Magnetic Point by Ryszard Krynicki translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh (Poland, New Directions) Third-Millennium Heart by Ursula Andjaer Olsen, translated from the Danish by Katrine Øgaard Jensen (Denmark, Broken Dimanche Press) Spiral Staircase by Hirato Renkichi, translated from the Japanese by Sho Sugita (Japan, Ugly Duckling Presse) Directions for Use by Ana Ristovic, translated from the Serbian by Steven Teref and Maja Teref (Serbia, Zephyr Press) Before Lyricism by Eleni Vakalo, translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich (Greece, Ugly Duckling) Iron Moon by Chinese Migrant Worker Poetry edited by Qin Xiaoyu, translated from the Chinese by Eleanor Goodman (China, White Pine Press) Image: Flickr
The 23rd Annual International DUBLIN Literary Award, which is given to a novel written in English or translated into English, announced their 2018 Shortlist. Sponsored by Dublin City Council and Dublin's municipal government, the award is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries with nominations being submitted by "library systems in major cities throughout the world." Here is the 2018 shortlist: Baba Dunja’s Last Love by Alina Bronsky (Translated from the German by Tim Mohr) The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera (Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman) The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw) Human Acts by Han Kang (Translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith) The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride Solar Bones by Mike McCormack Distant Light by Antonio Moresco (Translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon) Ladivine by Marie Ndiaye (Translated from the French by Jordan Stump) The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout The winner of the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award will be announced on June 13th. [millions_ad]
The Hugo Awards announced their 2018 finalists on Friday. Administered by the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), the Hugo Awards are "science fiction's most prestigious award." Below is a selection of finalists (here's the full list): Best Novel The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson Provenance by Ann Leckie Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (Read The Millions' on Jemisin) Best Novella All Systems Red by Martha Wells “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor (An essay on aliens in literature) The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey Best Graphic Story Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch by Kelly Sue DeConnick (writing); Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma (illustration); Kelly Fitzpatrick (coloring); and Clayton Cowles (lettering) | (the series was featured in our 2016 Year in Reading) Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time by Saladin Ahmed (writing), Christian Ward (illustration), and Clayton Cowles (lettering) Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu (writing) and Sana Takeda (illustration)My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (writing and illustration) | (our own Emily St. John Mandel read it in 2017) Paper Girls, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan (writing), Cliff Chiang (illustration), Matthew Wilson (coloring), and Jared Fletcher (lettering) Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan (writing) and Fiona Staples (illustration) The awards will be announced at Worldcon 76 on August 19, 2018. [millions_ad]