Barnes & Noble announced the 11 finalists for its Book of the Year, with Ed Yong, Gabrielle Zevin, and Bonnie Garmus among the authors in contention for the honor.
Yong’s An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us, a finalist for this year’s Kirkus Prize, was one of four nonfiction books to be named a finalist, along with Mason Hereford’s Turkey and the Wolf, Andy Saunders’ Apollo Remastered, and Vikki Tobak’s Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History.
The five works of adult fiction on the list are Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, O’Farrell’s The Marriage Portrait, Bonnie Garmus’ Lessons in Chemistry, T Kingfisher’s What Moves the Dead, and R.F. Kuang’s Babel.
The books on the list are nominated by Barnes & Noble booksellers, who will vote on the winner of the honor.
“The final 11 that comprise this year’s list are a true reflection of the percolating trends that we have seen in bookselling this year, from retellings and nostalgia to award-winning and debut authors,” said Shannon DeVito, Barnes & Noble’s director of books. “These stories are a wonderfully varied mix deserving of the enthusiasm of our booksellers across the country.”
The winner of the award will be announced on Nov. 14.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.