Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli

The Kirkus Prize, now in its second year, is one of the most lucrative writing awards in the country. Winners in three categories each receive $50,000.

Any book that received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews is eligible. The short list, announced today, was decided by a panel of judges.

This year, Coffee House Press has a novel on the short list--"The Story of My Teeth," by Valeria Luiselli.

Here's the whole list, with links to Star Tribune reviews, when available:


The Incarnations by Susan Barker (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster)
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
‪Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books)
The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli; translated by Christina MacSweeney (Coffee House Press)
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard (Alfred A. Knopf)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday)


Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)
Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It by John Ferling (Bloomsbury)
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (Grove Press)
The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze (Viking)
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers by Simon Winchester (Harper)
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf (Alfred A. Knopf)


The New Small Person by Lauren Child (Candlewick)
Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Shane W. Evans (Schwartz & Wade/Random House)

:Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Scholastic)

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams) 

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough (Levine/Scholastic)
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (Levine/Scholastic)

The winners will be announced Oct. 15 in Austin, Texas.

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