The 2017 Kirkus Prize Finalists

Editor on September 19, 2017

Kirkus-prize-2017-225Yesterday Kirkus Reviews announced the finalists for the Kirkus Prizes in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Readers’ Literature. Initially given in 2014, the awards "celebrate the 81 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large." Winners in the three categories will each get $50,000 and will be announced at a ceremony in Austin, Texas on November 2, 2017. Books receiving the Kirkus Star and published between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017 were eligible.  


What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Riverhead)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)

White Tears by Hari Kunzru (Knopf)

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf)

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)



The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/Norton)

The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Sharks' Teeth to Frogs' Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come from by Edward Dolnick (Basic)

Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood (Riverhead)

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli (Coffee House)

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael Twitty (Amistad/HarperCollins)

Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls (Univ. of Chicago)



Picture Books

Walk With Me by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng and translated by Elisa Amado (Groundwood)

Me Tall, You Small by Lilli L’Arronge and translated by Madeleine Stratford (Owlkids)

Middle Grade

Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan, translated by Helen Wang, and illustrated by Meilo So (Candlewick)

It All Comes Down to This by Karen English (Clarion)

Young Adult

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (DCB)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray)


You might also like:


Subscribe to Omnivoracious: The Amazon Book Review, featuring picks for the best books of the month, author interviews, reading recommendations, and more from the Amazon Books editors. 

Lists + Reviews

Best Books Literature + Fiction Nonfiction Kids + Young Adult Mystery, Thriller + Suspense Science Fiction + Fantasy Comics + Graphic Novels Romance Eating + Drinking


Interviews Guest Essays Celebrity Picks

News + Features

News Features Awards Podcast


Omnivoracious, The Amazon Book Review

Feeds Facebook Twitter YouTube