The finalists for the Kirkus Prize have been announced --six each in fiction, nonfiction, and young readers' literature. Winners will receive $50,000 each. Any book that received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews was eligible for consideration. This year that was 515 titles in young readers' literature, 314 in fiction, and 325 in nonfiction.

Winners will be announced Nov. 3 in Austin, Texas.

Here are the finalists, with links to reviews:


  Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett (Little, Brown)
  Carousel Court by Joe McGinniss Jr. (Simon & Schuster)
  The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan (FSG)
  Barkskins by Annie Proulx (Scribner) 
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Viking)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
At the Existentialist Café: 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: by Beth Macy (Little, Brown) (review forthcoming)
  Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance (HarperCollins)
Picture Books: 

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)
Middle Grade:
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)
Young Adult:
The Reader by Traci Chee (Putnam)
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (Candlewick)

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