Awards: Crook's Corner, Nayef Al-Rodhan Shortlists

The shortlist for the 2018 Crook's Corner Book Prize, given to the best debut novel set in the American South, is:

The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar (Counterpoint Press)
Sugar Land by Tammy Lynne Stoner (Red Hen Press)
Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington (Riverhead Books)

The winner of the $5,000 prize, sponsored by Crook's Corner Café and Bar in Chapel Hill, N.C., will be announced January 6, 2020.


The British Academy has announced the shortlist for this year's £25,000 (about $30,855) Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, which recognizes a nonfiction book that "contributes to public understanding of world cultures. It is designed to illuminate the interconnections and divisions that shape cultural identity worldwide." A winner will be named October 30 in London. The shortlisted titles are:

Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah
How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy by Julian Baggini
A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution by Toby Green
Maoism: A Global History by Julia Lovell
Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture by Ed Morales
Remnants of Partition: 21 Objects from a Continent Divided by Aanchal Malhotra

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