NEW YORK (AP) — The most up-to-date novels from Colson Whitehead and Pleasure Williams, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ debut operate, “The Like Tunes of W.E.B. Du Bois,” are between this year’s finalists for the Kirkus Prize, $50,000 awards offered by the trade publication.
Whitehead’s crime tale “Harlem Shuffle,” his initially novel because the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Nickel Boys,” is a fiction nominee, along with Williams’ “Harrow.” “The Enjoy Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” an 800-web site historical epic that Oprah Winfrey chose for her book club Mariana Enriquez’ ”The Risks of Smoking cigarettes In Bed,” translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell and Pajtim Statovci’s “Bolla,” translated from the Finnish by David Hackston.
The nonfiction finalists are Brian Broome’s memoir “Punch Me Up to the Gods,” Dara Horn’s “People Really like Useless Jews,” Tiya Miles’ “All That She Carried,” Kristen Radtke’s “Seek You,” Katherine E. Standefer’s “Lightning Bouquets,” and Juan Villoro’s “Horizontal Vertigo,” translated from the Spanish by Alfred MacAdam.
For younger reader’s literature, the nominees are NoNieqa Ramos’ “Your Mama,” Carole Boston Weatherford’s “Unspeakable,” Nikki Grimes’ “Legacy,” Christina Soontornvat’s “All 13,” Wai Chim’s “The Surprising Electrical power of a Good Dumpling” and Sharon G. Flake’s “The Life I am In.”
Grimes’ e-book, which tells of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, was illustrated by Floyd Cooper, who died in July.
Winners will be introduced Oct. 28.
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