First-Ever Aspen Words Literary Prize Unveils Its List Of Nominees

The nominees for a first-ever Aspen Words Literary Prize have been announced.

The nominees for a first-ever Aspen Words Literary Prize have been announced.

The Aspen Institute has denounced a nominees for a first-ever novella prize, a potpourri of 20 works plucked from opposite a world. Novels, brief story collections, English-language or in interpretation — whatever their differences, any of a nominees “illuminates a critical contemporary emanate and demonstrates a transformative energy of novel on suspicion and culture,” in a determination of Aspen Words Literary Prize judges.

The institute, that is maybe best-known for a annual Ideas Festival, has partnered with NPR to announce Thursday’s list, as good as a finalists in Mar and a contingent leader — who will be named during a rite in New York City on Apr 10. A jury including award-winning authors Phil Klay and Akhil Sharma will confirm that work best deserves a initial esteem and a $35,000 that comes with it.

You can find a initial turn of selections next or by clicking here. The nominees are interconnected with links to NPR’s coverage where available.

Some of a names competence come as no surprise. After all, Jesmyn Ward is uninformed off winning her second National Book Award for fiction, for Sing, Unburied, Sing. And while Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees competence be his entrance brief story collection, it follows on a heels of final year’s Pulitzer Prize winner, his novel The Sympathizer.

Yet others on a list have backstories even a many dedicated readers competence not know. Take, for instance, The Accusation — a usually famous published book by a North Korean author who writes underneath a pseudonym Bandi. Translated by Deborah Smith, a collection gives a glance inside life underneath a comrade regime as ambiguous as it is entire in a West’s media landscape.

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