Kirkus Prize shortlists include the expected (and a few surprises)

A Gentleman in Moscow. Amor Towles. Viking.
A Gentleman in Moscow. Amor Towles. Viking.

No, the weather isn’t particularly fall-like here in South Florida, but autumn must be here, because the literary award nominees just keep coming.

The latest to announce its shortlists is the Kirkus Prize. Some of the usual suspects are here on the fiction list — Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” and Adam Haslett’s “Imagine Me Gone,” both of which are nominated for the National Book Award — but there are a few surprises, including Amor Towles’ “A Gentleman in Moscow.”

Winners will be announced Nov. 3; each winner receives $50,000.


Adam Haslett, “Imagine Me Gone”

Joe McGinniss Jr., “Carousel Court”

C.E. Morgan, “The Sport of Kings”

Annie Proulx, “Barkskins”

Amor Towles, “A Gentleman in Moscow”

Colson Whitehead, “The Underground Railroad”


Sarah Bakewell, “At the Existentialist Cafe”

Matthew Desmond, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”

Michael Eric Dyson, “The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America”

Susan Faludi, “In the Darkroom”

Beth Macy, “Truevine”

J.D. Vance, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”

Young Readers' Literature

Sherman Alexie (writer) and Yuyi Morales (illustrator), “Thunder Boy Jr.”

Ashley Bryan, “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life”

Russell Freedman, “We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler”

Jason Reynolds, “As Brave as You”

Traci Chee, “The Reader”

Meg Medina, “Burn Baby Burn”