Congratulations to the writers chosen as finalists for the 2016 Kirkus Prize! This year’s finalists were chosen from 515 young readers’ literature titles, 314 fiction titles, and 325 nonfiction titles. The three winners will be announced in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Nov. 3.
Winners in the three categories will receive $50,000 each, making the Kirkus Prize one of the richest annual literary awards in the world. Writers become eligible by receiving a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. An esteemed panel of judges, composed of nationally respected writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians, and Kirkus critics, select the Kirkus Prize finalists and winners.
The finalists for the 2016 Kirkus Prize are:
- Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett (Little, Brown)
- Carousel Court by Joe McGinniss Jr. (Simon & Schuster)
- The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan (Farrar Straus Giroux)
- Barkskins by Annie Proulx (Scribner)
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Viking)
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
The judges for the 2016 Kirkus Prize in Fiction are: award-winning author Claire Messud, Annie Philbrick, the owner of Bank Square Books in Mystic, Connecticut, and a second location in Westerly, Rhode Island, and journalist and Kirkus critic Gene Seymour.
- At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others by Sarah Bakewell (Other Press)
- Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Crown)
- The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books)
- Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South by Beth Macy (Little, Brown)
- Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance (HarperCollins)
The judges for the 2016 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction are: author and Kirkus critic Jim Piechota, Chris Schoppa of Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., and journalist and novelist Héctor Tobar.
YOUNG READERS’ LITERATURE:
- Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown)
- Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum)
- We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
- As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum)
- The Reader by Traci Chee (Putnam)
- Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (Candlewick)
The judges for the 2016 Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature are: author and co-owner of The Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont, Elizabeth Bluemle, coordinator of school and student services for Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore and Kirkus critic Deborah D. Taylor, and award-winning author and the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Laureate Jacqueline Woodson.