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My elementary school English teacher gave me a cup for best story! ^_^

Does that count as a lit prize? Gosh, seems so long ago 

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On 3/25/2021 at 12:53 PM, Trishkin said:

The Dublin Literary Award shortlist has been announced:

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo 

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli 

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

While I really like this award, it has never done a very good job of showcasing books in translation; 16 of the 25 winners have been English language novels. And this year is no different, with 5 of the 6 shortlisted works having been originally written in English. 

The winner is Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli.

A bit surprised by this one. My money was on Girl, Woman, Other or The Nickel Boys, with On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous as a possible spoiler.

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Posted (edited)

Missed these two earlier in the year:

PEN/Faulkner Award: 

Winner: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

Shortlist: Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear by Matthew Salesses, The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe, Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman, and Scattered Lights by Steve Wiegenstein

PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel:

Winner: Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn

Shortlist: These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card, Luster by Raven Leilani, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, and How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang 

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Well the Pulitzer Prize will be announced on the 11th, and since they don’t put out a shortlist prior to the award announcement, I thought it might be a good time for a little speculation. Below is an in-no-way complete list of eligible books I think will get consideration:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar 

Deacon King Kong by James McBride

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Luster by Raven Leilani

A Children’s Bible by Lidia Millet

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich 

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Memorial Bryan Washington 

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

The Pulitzer fiction guidelines famously state “For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life”, which means that Booker winner Shuggie Bain, which is set in Scotland, is going to have an uphill battle to win the Pulitzer. Though it’s not impossible (see The Good Earth or The Orphan Master’s Son).

Anyway, my predictions for the shortlist are: Interior Chinatown, Deacon King Kong, and The Night Watchman.

Of those three, I’ve only read Interior Chinatown, which is an amazing novel and would be a hugely deserving winner. But my prediction for the winner is:

Deacon King Kong


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And the Pulitzer winner is: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.

Shortlist: A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth by Daniel Mason, and Telephone by Percival Everett.

I’m stoked to see Erdrich finally win a Pulitzer, but the two shortlisted titles came completely out of left field for me.

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On 6/14/2021 at 9:26 AM, TheLastWolf said:




Oh shit, totally forgot to post this too. To be clear, this is the Booker International prize, for works translated into English, and the winner is At Night All Blood is Black (Senegal/France) by David Diop. I’ve been really looking forward to this book, as Chigozie Obioma has been talking it up for months.

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James Tait Black Memorial Prize shortlist:

Alligators & Other Stories by Dina Alzayat

A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet

The First Woman (aka A Girl is a Body of Water) by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Lote by Shola von Reinhold.

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Booker Longlist:

A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam

Second Place by Rachel Cusk

The Promise by Damon Galgut 

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

An Island by Karen Jennings

A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson

No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

The Fortune Man by Nadifa Mohamed

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

China Room by Sunjeev Sahota

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford

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