Contemporary Literature Shortlist

 I have narrowed the very long Contemporary Literature Longlist to a Short List of 27 titles–still at least 10 too many for a semester-long course–and also still in flux, as several major new prizes are still to be announced in the next few weeks. Just this week, for instance, Alice Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (and I have to confess I’m relieved, because I am currently trying to read Mo Yan’s Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out and finding it very hard to imagine including this book on a course syllabus.) But here’s what I’m trying to sort among right now:

  1. Pulitzer Prize Fiction: Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son
  2. Pulitzer Prize  Poetry: Sharon Olds, Stag’s Leap
  3. National Book Award Fiction: Louise Erdrich, The Round House
  4. National Book Award Non-Fiction: Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  5. National Book Critics Circle Award Fiction: Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  6. Nobel Prize: Mo Yan
  7. PEN/ESPN Sports writing award: Like Any Normal Day, Mark Kram
  8. Man Asian Prize:  Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists (also won Walter Scott)
  9. PEN/Faulkner & Lambda Gay General Fiction: Benjamin Alire Saenz, Everything Begins & Ends in Kentucky Club
  10. Pura Belpre, Lambda Teen: Benjamin Alire Saenz, Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of Universe
  11. Caldecott: Jon Klassen, This Is Not My Hat
  12. Newbery: Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan
  13. Caine Prize: “Miracle” (short story)
  14. Romantic Times Award Book of the Year: Meljean Brook, Riveted
  15. Hugo Award Novel & Locus Award Novel: Redshirts, John Scalzi
  16. Eisner Award & Hugo Graphic: Saga: Volume 1, Brian Vaughn
  17. Edgar and Anthony for First Novel: Expats, Chris Pavone
  18. Eisner Best Graphic: Building Stories, Chris Ware
  19. Printz: Nick Lake, In Darkness
  20. Sibert: Steven Sheinkin, Bomb
  21. Lambda Lesbian Memoir: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Jeannette Winterson
  22. Essay Prize: Laura Radniss, Radioactive (collage-biography of Marie and Pierre Curie)
  23. Lenore Marshall Prize: Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, Patricia Smith
  24. Los Angeles Times Book Award YA: A.S. King, Ask the Passengers
  25. Nebula and Locus: After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress
  26. Edgar Best YA: Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
  27. Impac Dublin Literary Award: City of Bohane, Kevin Barry

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