Here Are the 2015 Kirkus Prize Finalists

Any author who receives a starred review from Kirkus is eligible for the Kirkus Prize, but only six books in each category are finalists. The prize was started last year, and carries a very healthy $50,000 award per category. The winners will be awarded in mid-October. Congrats to all the finalists!


“The Incarnations” by Susan Barker
“A Manual for Cleaning Women” by Lucia Berlin (read our review)
“Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff (read our review and an interview with Lauren Groff)
“The Story of My Teeth” by Valeria Luiselli; translated by Christina MacSweeney (our review and an interview with Valeria Luiselli)
“The Book of Aron” by Jim Shepard (our review)
“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara (our interview with Hanya Yanagihara)


“Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War that Won It” by John Ferling
“H Is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald (our interview with Helen Macdonald)
“The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916–1931” by Adam Tooze
“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
“The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World” by Andrea Wulf

Young Readers’ Literature:

“The New Small Person” by Lauren Child
“Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965” by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
“Echo” by Pam Muñoz Ryan
“Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras” by Duncan Tonatiuh
“The Game of Love and Death” by Martha Brockenbrough
“Shadowshaper” by Daniel José Older

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