The British Book Awards shortlists have been announced for 2017, covering a large range of books and genres. The shortlists cover six categories with six selections in each category and this week we’ll be bringing you one category a day, allowing you to savour the entire shortlist.
From this year, the Bookseller will host the British Book Awards, and it’s meant a few changes that we think readers will appreciate.
Today we have the shortlist for Fiction Book of the Year, check back tomorrow for the Debut Book of the Year shortlist:
Each category winner will be decided by six panels of judges with a separate panel going on to choose the overall book of the year. The results will be revealed at an awards ceremony to be held at Grosvenor House in central London on 8th May and we’ll bring you those as soon as we have them.
The shortlist contains some well known names in the crime genre, such as Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre, who have both been nominated in previous years, and some newer authors you may not have heard of. Read More
And now The Underground Railroad has won maybe the most prestigious literary award of them all as Colson Whitehead is announced as the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Read More
The Pulitzer Prize is well-known in literary circles, especially in the USA, but many do not know much detail about the man behind the prize. The Hungarian-born American, Joseph Pulitzer, gave money in his will to Columbia University to launch a school of journalism, and establish the Prize itself, specifying “four awards in journalism, four in letters and drama, one in education, and four traveling scholarships.”
The Prize evolved over the years, expanding from its original concept, to many categories including Prize for Commentary, Prize for Music, and a Prize for Poetry. We are sure Joseph Pulitzer would be happy to have his name continue to be used to champion some of the best writers and thinkers of our time.
These are definitely not names of dishes; and neither characters from a novel or movie.
Every writer or poet dreams of being recognised and appreciated for his/her work and these are some of the most coveted prizes in the literary field. There are thousands of prizes given out across the world for different categories and numerous writers every year, hope to win the titles. Read More
This week, Tessa Ross, 2017 Chair of Judges revealed the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist. The shortlist includes one previous winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and one novelist making their debut this year.
Tessa said, on the Women’s Prize for Fiction website:
“It has been a great privilege to Chair the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in a year which has proved exceptional for writing of both quality and originality. It was therefore quite a challenge to whittle this fantastic long list of 16 books down to only six… These were the six novels that stayed with all of us well beyond the final page.”