As I scrolled through my Twitter feed this afternoon, I noticed some people in the book world are starting to speculate which books will win some pretty substantial awards this year.
For instance, in an article in The Guardian’s book blog, I saw that some are already taking a look at what could potentially be on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize winners.
Several aspects have changed the way many people are approaching their selections, such as “the fact that the Booker is now open to Americans but not to the literatures of Europe, Latin America and much of Asia,” which seemed to one writer “incredibly skewing” (The Guardian).
The list also had some variations in what genres were used, with two thrillers now on the long list.
Currently on the long list for the Man Booker Prize are
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Schooldays of Jesus by JM Coetzee
Serious Sweet by AL Kennedy
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
North Water by Ian McGuire
Hystopia by David Means
The Many by Wyl Menmuir
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
All That Man Is by David Szalay
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
In the Los Angeles Times, it was noted that the ten books in the running for the 2016 National Book Awards for young people’s literature have also been announced.
These books are:
Kate DiCamillo, “Raymie Nightingale” (Candlewick Press)
Grace Lin, “When the Sea Turned to Silver” (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Anna-Marie McLemore, “When the Moon Was Ours” (Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press)
Meg Medina, “Burn Baby Burn” (Candlewick Press)
Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen (illustrator), “Pax” (Balzer & Bray / HarperCollins)
Jason Reynolds, “Ghost” (Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
Caren Stelson, “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story (Carolrhoda Books / Lerner Publishing Group)
Nicola Yoon, “The Sun Is Also a Star” (Delacorte Press / Penguin Random House)