It’s Book Awards Season—Meet the Nominees

All the nominees in all the biggest competitions have been announced!

You’re going to need a bigger bookshelf.


National Book Awards — winners to be announced November 16, 2016


  • The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder
  • What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  • The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
  • The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
  • Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet
  • Miss Jane by Brad Watson
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson


Young People’s Fiction:

  • Booked by Kwame Alexander
  • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
  • March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


Toronto Book Awards — winners to be announced October 11, 2016

  • Men of Action by Howard Akler
  • Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety by Ann Y.K. Choi
  • The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood by John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg & Tatum Taylor
  • On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light by Cordelia Strube
  • Heyday by Marnie Woodrow


The Man Booker Prize — winner to be announced October 25, 2016

  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty (US)
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (UK)
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK)
  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (US)
  • All That Man Is by David Szalay (Canada-UK)
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Canada)


Scotiabank Giller Prize — winner to be announced November 7, 2016

  • 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
  • Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin
  • Pillow by Andrew Battershill
  • Stranger by David Bergen
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  • The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux
  • The Two of Us by Kathy Page
  • Death Valley by Susan Perly
  • Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush by Kerry Lee Powell
  • By Gaslight by Steven Price
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
  • The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall


Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize — winner to be announced November 2, 2016

  • After James by Michael Helm
  • The Parcel by Anosh Irani
  • Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains by Yasuko Thanh
  • Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush by Kerry Lee Powell
  • The Break by Katherena Vermette


So what will you be reading first? Any titles you think were left out?

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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