Whitehead's 'Harlem Shuffle' among Kirkus Prize nominees

The latest novels from Colson Whitehead and Joy Williams, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ debut work “The Love Songs of W

NEW YORK — The latest novels from Colson Whitehead and Joy Williams, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ debut work, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” are among this year’s finalists for the Kirkus Prize, $50,000 awards presented by the trade publication.

The nonfiction finalists are Brian Broome’s memoir “Punch Me Up to the Gods,” Dara Horn’s “People Love Dead Jews,” Tiya Miles’ “All That She Carried,” Kristen Radtke’s “Seek You,” Katherine E. Standefer’s “Lightning Flowers,” and Juan Villoro’s “Horizontal Vertigo,” translated from the Spanish by Alfred MacAdam.

For young reader’s literature, the nominees are NoNieqa Ramos’ “Your Mama,” Carole Boston Weatherford’s “Unspeakable,” Nikki Grimes’ “Legacy,” Christina Soontornvat’s “All Thirteen,” Wai Chim’s “The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling” and Sharon G. Flake’s “The Life I’m In.”

Grimes’ book, which tells of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, was illustrated by Floyd Cooper, who died in July.

Winners will be announced Oct. 28.

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