The National Book Foundation has announced their 5 Under 35 honorees! The program recognizes 5 debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work "promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape." Each 5 Under 35 author is selected by a previous National Book Award or 5 Under 35 author. We're pleased to note that the list this year includes our editor Lydia Kiesling, whose novel, The Golden State, came out earlier this month! Here's a list of the honorees, with bonus links where available: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Sonora by Hannah Lillith Assadi Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling (Our interview with Lydia; more of her writing here) Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher [millions_ad]
The 2018 Man Booker Shortlist has been revealed! In its 50th year, the Man Booker Prize continues to uphold its mission to "promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom." Wittled down from the 13-title longlist, the 6-book shortlist includes writers from the UK, US, and Canada—three, two, and one, respectively. With her debut novel, Johnson is the youngest writer to be shortlisted for the Man Booker at 27, and Edugyan is the only nominee this year to have been shortlisted before (Half-Blood Blues in 2011). Here's the 2018 Man Booker shortlist (which features many titles from our 2018 Great Book Preview) and applicable bonus links: The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Read our review) Everything Under by Daisy Johnson Washington Black by Esi Edugyan The Long Take by Robin Robertson The Overstory by Richard Powers Milkman by Anna Burns The Man Booker Prize will be awarded on October 16.
And just like that book award season is back! The National Book Foundation announced the National Book Award longlist this week on the New Yorker's Page Turner section. Each containing ten books, the five longlists are fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people's literature, and, the newly minted, translated literature. The five-title shortlists will be announced on October 10th and the awards will be revealed in New York City (and streamed online) on November 14. Some fun facts about these nominees: The Fiction list only contains one previous nominee (Lauren Groff). All of the Nonfiction nominees are first-time contenders for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. The Poetry list include one previous winner (Terrance Hayes), one previous finalist (Rae Armantrout), and eight first-time nominees—three of which are for debut collections (Diana Khoi Nguyen, Justin Phillip Reed, and Jenny Xie). 2018 is the first year of the Translated Literature category so all nominees are first-time contenders for this award. Here’s a list of the finalists in all five categories with bonus links where available: Fiction: A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley (Our interview with Brinkley; Brinkley's 2017 Year in Reading) Gun Love by Jennifer Clement Florida by Lauren Groff (Our review; The Millions interview with Groff) The Boatbuilder by Daniel Gumbiner Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson (Featured in our February Book Preview) An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Jones's 2017 Year in Reading) The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (Our interview with Makkai) The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (Nunez's 2010 Year in Reading) There There by Tommy Orange (Featured in our June Book Preview) Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Featured in our April Book Preview) Nonfiction: One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation by Colin G. Calloway Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh (Smarsh's 2017 Year in Reading) Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) by Rebecca Solnit The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler Poetry: Wobble by Rae Armantrout feeld by Jos Charles (ft. in our August Must-Read Poetry preview) Be With by Forrest Gander American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes (Our review) Museum of the Americas by J. Michael Martinez Ghost Of by Diana Khoi Nguyen Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed lo terciario / the tertiary by Raquel Salas Rivera Monument: Poems New and Selected by Natasha Trethewey Eye Level by Jenny Xie (ft. in our April Must-Read Poetry preview) Translated Literature: Disoriental by Négar Djavadi; translated by Tina Kover (Featured in our 2018 Great Book Preview) Comemadre by Roque Larraquy; translated by Heather Cleary (Featured in our Second-Half 2018 Great Book Preview) The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq by Dunya Mikhail; translated by Max Weiss and Dunya Mikhail One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan; translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan Love by Hanne Ørstavik; translated by Martin Aitken Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life by Gunnhild Øyehaug; translated by Kari Dickson Trick by Domenico Starnone; translated by Jhumpa Lahiri (An essay on learning new languages) The Emissary by Yoko Tawada; translated by Margaret Mitsutani (Tawada's 2017 Year in Reading) Flights by Olga Tokarczuk; translated by Jennifer Croft (Our review; 2018 Man Booker International Prize) Aetherial Worlds by Tatyana Tolstaya; translated by Anya Migdal Young People's Literature: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin (Our three-part conversation from 2009 with Anderson) We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize announced their 7-title shortlist, narrowed down from their 26-title longlist. The prize awards $10,000 to the author of the best debut novel of the calendar year. Here is the 2018 shortlist, with bonus links where available (and several titles mentioned in our Great Book Preview!): Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg (Our interview with Rosenberg) Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin There There by Tommy Orange Trenton Makes by Tadzio Koelb The Center for Fiction will announce the winner of the First Novel Prize in December. [millions_ad]
The literary world was already a flutter with anticipation for the 2018 Man Booker Longlist announcement—and then The Guardian accidentally broke the embargo. Even though the article was promptly removed, the damage was already done (aka revealing the eclectic and unexpected list a day early). In an effort to promote fiction, the Man Booker Prize is awarded to "aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom." In its 50th year, the longlist includes a few genre titles; two debut novelists (Sophie Macintosh and Guy Gunaratne); one previous Booker (and only Golden Booker) winner (Michael Ondaatje); and an emphasis on British and Irish authors. Here's the 2018 Man Booker longlist (which features many titles from our 2018 Great Book Preview) and applicable bonus links: Sabrina by Nick Drnaso The Water Cure by Sophie Macintosh The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Read our review) Everything Under by Daisy Johnson Snap by Belinda Bauer Washington Black by Esi Edugyan The Long Take by Robin Robertson From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (From our archives, a piece on attending an Ondaatje reading) The Overstory by Richard Powers Milkman by Anna Burns Normal People by Sally Rooney (Rooney's 2016 Year in Reading entry) The Man Booker Prize shortlist will be announced on September 20th.
The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) announced the Poetry and Prose longlists for the 2018 National Translation Awards (NTA). In its twentieth year, the annual award celebrates translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction by examining "both the source text and its relation to the finished English work." Here are the two 2018 NTA longlists (with bonus links): Poetry The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa Directions for Use by Ana Ristović; translated from the Serbian by Steven Teref and Maja Teref Hackers by Aase Berg; translated from the Swedish by Johannes Göransson I Remember Nightfall by Marosa di Giorgio; translated from the Spanish by Jeannine Marie Pitas If I Were a Suicide Bomber by Per Aage Brandt; translated from the Danish by Thom Satterlee Magnetic Point: Selected Poems by Ryszard Krynicki; translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh My Lai by Carmen Berenguer; translated from the Spanish by Liz Henry The Odyssey by Homer; translated from the Greek by Emily Wilson (An essay on Odysseys) Oxygen: Selected Poems by Julia Fiedorczuk; translated from the Polish by Bill Johnston Sonic Peace by Kiriu Minashita; translated from the Japanese by Spencer Thurlow and Eric Hyett Spiral Staircase: Collected Poems by Hirato Renkichi; translated from the Japanese by Sho Sugita Third-Millennium Heart by Ursula Andkjær Olsen; translated from the Danish by Katrine Øgaard Jensen Prose Affections by Rodrigo Hasbún; translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes August by Romina Paula; translated from the Spanish by Jennifer Croft Compass by Mathias Énard; translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell (Featured in our own Lydia Kiesling's 2017 Year in Reading) Dandelions by Yasunari Kawabata; translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag; translated from the Kannada by Srinath Perur The Impossible Fairy Tale by Han Yujoo; translated from the Korean by Janet Hong The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán; translated from the Spanish by Will Vanderhyden (Fresán's novel also won the 2018 Best Translated Book Award) Italian Chronicles by Stendhal; translated from the French by Raymond N. MacKenzie Moving the Palace by Charif Majdalani; translated from the French by Edward Gauvin Old Rendering Plant by Wolfgang Hilbig; translated from the German by Isabel Fargo Cole Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg; translated from the Polish by Eliza Marciniak The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai; translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes, Ottilie Mulzet, and John Batki (The Millions' review) The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) will announce the 5-title shortlists in September. [millions_ad]
The Center for Fiction announced their 2018 First Novel Prize longlist this morning. The award is given to the "best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year," and the prize-winning author receives $10,000. The Millions has a special connection to this list: our editor Lydia Kiesling made the list with her debut novel, The Golden State (out in September)! Here is the 2018 longlist (featuring many titles from our Great Book Preview) with bonus links when applicable: America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday Brass by Xhenet Aliu Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg The Devoted by Blair Hurley The Distance Home by Paula Saunders Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling (Read more of Lydia's work here) If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim Inappropriation by Lexi Freiman Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li (Our interview with Li) The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat The Pisces by Melissa Broder (Our interview with Broder) A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Featured in Garth Greenwell's Year in Reading) Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin Restless Souls by Dan Sheehan Sabrina by Nick Drnaso Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik There There by Tommy Orange Trenton Makes by Tadzio Koelb What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith The Wonder That Was Ours by Alice Hatcher
Mike McCormack's Solar Bones won the 23rd Annual International DUBLIN Literary Award. McCormack is the fourth Irish author to take home the award and €100,000 prize. The novel, which was also longlisted for the Man Booker, was chosen from 150 titles nominated by libraries in 111 cities across 37 countries. Solar Bones is about All Souls' Day—which, in Ireland, is when the dead are said to return. About the book, the 2018 judging panel said: "Formally ambitious, stylistically dauntless and linguistically spirited, Solar Bones is a novel of extraordinary assurance and scope." The award, which is given to a novel written or translated into English, is sponsored by Dublin City Council and Dublin’s municipal government, and administered by Dublin City Public Libraries. Bonus links: check out who made the International DUBLIN Literary Award shortlist.
Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire has won the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction! Along with the award, Shamsie takes home a £30,000 prize and the ‘Bessie’, a limited edition bronze figurine. During the ceremony in central London, 2018 Chair of Judges Sarah Sands said "in the end we chose the book which we felt spoke for our times. Home Fire is about identity, conflicting loyalties, love and politics. And it sustains mastery of its themes and its form. It is a remarkable book which we passionately recommend.” Formerly the Orange Prize and Baileys Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction recognizes the best English-language novel by a woman published in the U.K. in the previous year. The award celebrates "excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world." Bonus links: Our quick guide to the 2018 Women's Prize shortlist (it's never too late to read the other nominees!).
The 2018 Lambda Literary Awards were announced last night in New York City. The annual award, now in its 30th year, celebrates the "best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm[s] that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world." In addition to the other awards, Lamdba's Trustee and Visionary Awards were given to Roxane Gay and Edmund White. The winners of the 2018 Lambda Literary Awards are as follows: Lesbian Fiction Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Our review of Machado’s “body horrors” and interview with the author) Gay Fiction After the Blue Hour by John Rechy Bisexual Fiction The Gift by Barbara Browning Bisexual Nonfiction Hunger by Roxane Gay LGBTQ Nonfiction How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Transgender Nonfiction Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton Lesbian Memoir/Biography The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Gay Memoir/Biography Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man by Chike Frankie Edozien Graphic Novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (the one book reco'd by Robin Sloan in his Year in Reading entry) The full list of winners can be found here.