Finalists have been announced for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, which honors one fiction and one nonfiction author "whose work advances peace as a solution to conflict, and leads readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view." A winner and runner-up in both categories will be named September 22. Winners receive $10,000 and runners-up $2,500. Margaret Atwood will also be honored with the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. The 2022 finalists are:
Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim (HarperCollins)
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster)
Infinite Country by Patricia Engel (S&S)
North by Brad Kessler (Abrams)
The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (HarperCollins)
What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins (Riverhead)
High Conflict by Amanda Ripley (S&S)
How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith (Little, Brown)
Invisible Child by Andrea Elliott (Random House)
The Last Nomad by Shugri Said Sahl (Algonquin)
The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee (One World)
Wildland by Evan Osnos (Macmillan)
"With compassion and a sharp-eyed view of history, this year's finalists provide some much-needed guidance in finding our way to peace," said Sharon Rab, chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. "The stories featured this year help us take comfort in our shared humanity and assure us that, no matter what, the human spirit, and the hope indomitable within it, prevails."
Hachette has released a shortlist for the Mo Siewcharran Prize, which was launched in 2019 "to help discover unpublished fiction writers from Black, Asian and marginalized ethnic backgrounds," the Bookseller reported. This year the prize, run as part of Hachette UK's Future Bookshelf initiative, is being hosted by Quercus Books, focusing on fiction writers in the crime and thriller genre. The winner and runners-up will be named September 28. This year's shortlisted titles are:
Arranged Murder by Faaiza Munir
Incarnations of an English Subject by Kalbinder Dayal
The Labelled Bones by Felicity Yeoh
The Search for Othella Savage by Foday Mannah
Their Unseen Truth by Kingsley Pearson
Named in memory of Nielsen BookData's former director of marketing and communications, the prize is co-founded and sponsored by Mo Siewcharran's husband John Seaton. The winner receives £2,500 (about $2,980) along with "editorial feedback in the form of a two-to-three-page editorial letter from a Quercus editor, as well as a follow up one-hour editorial session with a Quercus editor, either online or in person," the Bookseller noted. "They will also have introductory meetings with at least two different literary agents, an introductory session with the Quercus rights team and meetings with the publisher's marketing and publicity teams."
In addition, the winner's novel will be considered for full publication with an advance against royalties by Quercus. Second place receives £1,500 (about $1,790), editorial feedback in a 2-3-page letter from a Quercus editor and a book basket. Third place receives a basket of books.