There’s so much going on in the book world this week! The longlist for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards for fiction, nonfiction, biography, essays, translation, and more was announced. Finalists will be announced on April 15, with the winners being revealed on May 13. The longlist can be found here, but some highlights include Ruby by Cynthia Bond (Oprah’s latest book club pick), Redeployment by Phil Klay (winner of the 2014 National Book Award), The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, All the Truth is Out by Matt Bai, Every Day Is for the Thief by Teju Cole, and Updike by Adam Begley.
The categories are very specific and include debut fiction ($25,000 prize), essays ($10,000 prize), literary nonfiction on the subject of physical or biological sciences ($10,000 prize), literature by an author of color ($5,000 prize), biography ($5,000 prize), sports nonfiction ($5,000 prize), translated poetry ($3,000 prize), book-length translated prose ($3,000 prize), and various career achievement awards.
Not quite as lucrative but equally prestigious is the YA Book Prize worth £2,000, this year won by Louise O’Neill for her novel Only Ever Yours, a dystopian, feminist satire on how society judges women based on appearance. Also announced this week was the Romantic Novel of the Year awarded to Joss Stirling for her novel Struck (formerly Storm and Stone).
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Oscar winner Graham Moore rounds up this week’s book news as he has secured a book deal for his second novel with Random House. The winner of best adapted screenplay for The Imitation Game, Moore was praised for his moving acceptance speech earlier this year. The novel, The Last Days of Wonder, will be released in Fall 2016 and is set in 1880s New York—centering on the legal battle over the invention of the light bulb between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse.