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Inaugural ‘Kirkus’ Literary Prize announced

US publication Kirkus Reviews has announced the winners of its inaugural literary prize. The fiction prize was presented to the ‘atmospheric romantic fiction’ Euphoria (Lily King, Picador), the nonfiction prize was awarded to the graphic memoir Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? (Roz Chast, Bloomsbury) and the young readers’ prize went to Aviary Wonders Inc. (Kate Samworth, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)—‘a catalog of bird parts and instructions for making your own in a sadly possible future in which living birds have nearly disappeared’. Each of the winners receives US$50,000 (A$56,772). Books that earned a Kirkus Star were automatically nominated for the Kirkus Prize, which was chosen by a panel of writers, booksellers, librarians and Kirkus critics. For more information about the winners and to see the list of finalists, visit the Kirkus website here.

 

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