Speculation started on prize winning books

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:

Kwame Alexander, “Booked” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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)





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