On March 8th, coinciding nicely with International Women’s Day, the good folks at the Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction announced their longlist.
There are lots of literary awards out there. A LOT. There are the huge national awards the like National Book Award and the Pulitzer, there are genre awards like the Hugo and Edgars; there are children’s book award like the Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King award.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
I find the Baileys Prize particularly interesting. Most of the time you can guess the majority of books that end up on the long list. They are the ones on the front of the New York Times book review, you hear the authors interviewed on NPR, and there is a general buzz about them on the bookternet.
But when the Bailey’s book are announced it brings books to the forefront that may have otherwise flown under the radar. I was pleased to find more books to add to my TBR.
Without further ado, here is the list:
Kate Atkinson // A God in Ruins
Shirley Barrett // Rush Oh!
Cynthia Bond // Ruby
Geraldine Brooks // The Secret Chord
Becky Chambers // The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Jackie Copleton // A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Rachel Elliott // Whispers Through a Megaphone
Anne Enright // The Green Road
Petina Gappah // The Book of Memory
Vesna Goldsworthy // Gorsky
Clio Gray // The Anatomist’s Dream
Melissa Harrison // At Hawthorn Time
Attica Locke // Pleasantville
Lisa McInerney // The Glorious Heresies
Elizabeth McKenzie // The Portable Veblen
Sara Nović // Girl at War
Julia Rochester // The House at the Edge of the World
Hannah Rothschild // The Improbability of Love
Elizabeth Strout // My Name is Lucy Barton
Hanya Yanagihara // A Little Life