Book awards season is in full swing.
The Man Booker Prize for fiction has been awarded to Eleanor Catton for her novel The Luminaries. At only 28 years of age, Catton is the youngest author ever to receive this prestigious award, and her book also happens to be the longest Man Booker prize-winning work at 832 pages. The impressive work of historical fiction is set during the New Zealand gold rush in 1866 and has been compared to works of classic authors including Herman Melville and Wilkie Collins.
In other book award news, the finalists for the National Book Awards have been announced.
Fiction nominees included Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland, James McBride's The Good Lord Bird, Thomas Pynchon's Bleeding Edge, and George Saunders's Tenth of December.
The short list of nonfiction nominees features Jill Lepore's Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, Wendy Lower's Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, George Packer's The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, Alan Taylor's The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, and Lawrence Wright's Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief.
For a full list of nominees, click here.
National Book Award winners will be announced on November 20. Come to the Troy Library's Adult Information area or check our catalog to reserve one of these great reads.