Whitehead, Williams, Enríquez Among Our 2021 Kirkus Prize Finalists
Kirkus Reviews has announced the finalists for its eighth annual Kirkus Prize in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers literature, including seven books published by Penguin Random House imprints and one title by a Penguin Random House Publisher Services client publisher.
The winners, each receiving a $50,000 prize, will be announced at a virtual ceremony live-streamed from the Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, October 28. The Kirkus Prize competition was created in 2014 to celebrate quality writing and Kirkus Reviews’ more than 80-year legacy of literary criticism.
- THE DANGERS OF SMOKING IN BED: Stories by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell (Hogarth/Crown)
- BOLLA by Pajtim Statovci, translated by David Hackston (Pantheon)
- HARLEM SHUFFLE by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
- HARROW by Joy Williams (Knopf)
- ALL THAT SHE CARRIED: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles (Random House)
- SEEK YOU: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke, illustrated by the author (Pantheon)
- HORIZONTAL VERTIGO: A City Called Mexico by Juan Villoro, translated by Alfred MacAdam (Pantheon)
Young Readers Literature
- ALL THIRTEEN: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat (Candlewick, a Penguin Random House Publisher Services client publisher)
Congratulations to our finalists, as well as their editors and publishers.
To view the complete list of 2021 Kirkus Prize finalists, click here.