Finalists for the 2022 Kirkus Prizes

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The Kirkus Prize was created to celebrate nearly 90 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism that Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large.  Books that earn the Kirkus star with publication dates between Nov. 1, 2021 and Oct. 31, 2022 are automatically nominated for the 2022 Kirkus Prize, and a prize of $50,000 is bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature.  The 2022 prizes will be presented in a hybrid ceremony at the Central Library in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022.  Learn more at the Kirkus website

See the 2022 finalists in fiction, nonfiction, and young readers' literature!



Scary Monsters by Michelle De Kretser Trust by Hernan Diaz God's Children Are Little Things by Arinze Ifeakandu Mecca by Susan Straight Scattered All Over the Earth by Yoko Tawada The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk



By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow's Legal Executioners by Margaret A. Burnham The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I by Lindsey Fitzharris The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones These Precious Days by Ann Patchett In Sesorium: Notes for My People by Tanaïs An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong


Young Readers' Literature

Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost by Betina Birkjær, illustrated by Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard The Year We Learned to Fly by  Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López The Golden Hour by Nikki Smith The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu Himawari House by Harmony Becker How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta