The [Alternative] Nobel Prize for Literature

Friday, July 20th, 2018

With 2018's Nobel Prize for Literature on hold until next year, an alternative prize has been developed by a group of Swedish journalists, writers, and cultural figures.  The group has formed what they call the "New Academy" in protest of the scandal-riddled Swedish Academy that administers the Nobel Prize.  The members of the New Academy wrote that "We want to show people that serious cultural work does not have to occur in a context of coercive language, irregularities or abuse. The New Academy, whose members are extremely driven and knowledgeable individuals, will work according to the time plan of the traditional Swedish Academy."

The group is soliciting nominations for its prize from Swedish librarians.  Writers worldwide are eligible to enter, provided they have written at least two books, one of which must have been published in the last ten years.  A selection of books by nominated authors appears below, and a public vote is being held to determine the shortlist.

The winner will be announced in October, on the same timeline as the traditional Nobel Prize for Literature, and the award presented December 10.  The New Academy will then be dissolved on December 11.

 

Americanah Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

Swedish Poetry Nowadays; An Anthology of 6 Poets in the 21st Century Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9789187341090
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Published: Dracopis Press - November 10th, 2016

The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 1998

4 3 2 1 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250160010
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Published: Picador USA - February 6th, 2018

Swimming to Elba Cover Image
By Silvia Avallone, Antony Shugaar (Translator), Cassandra Campbell (Read by)
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ISBN: 9781455154593
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Published: Blackstone Audiobooks - June 1st, 2012

Tomboy (European Women Writers) Cover Image
$19.50
ISBN: 9780803262591
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Published: Bison Books - December 1st, 2007

Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375701290
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

Crossing the Mangrove Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385476331
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Published: Anchor Books - February 1st, 1995

White Noise: (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
By Don Delillo, Richard Powers (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143105985
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2009

God's Mercy (European Women Writers) Cover Image
By Kerstin Ekman, Linda Schenck (Translator)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780803224582
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Published: Bison Books - July 1st, 2009

My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan Novels #1) Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

Norse Mythology Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393356182
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 6th, 2018

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501141102
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 12th, 2017

Me on the Floor, Bleeding Cover Image
By Jenny Jagerfeld, Susan Beard (Translator)
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ISBN: 9789175470115
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Published: Stockholm Text - July 15th, 2014

Everything I Don't Remember Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501138034
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 12th, 2017

A Small Place Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9780374527075
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 28th, 2000

Every Day Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780307931894
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Published: Ember - September 10th, 2013

History of Violence Cover Image
By Edouard Louis, Lorin Stein (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374170592
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - June 19th, 2018

Wonderful Feels Like This Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250095237
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 7th, 2017

The Road (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387899
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

Atonement Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385721790
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Published: Anchor Books - February 25th, 2003

Men Without Women: Stories (Vintage International) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator), Ted Goossen (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101974520
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Published: Vintage - May 1st, 2018

We Were the Mulvaneys (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780452282827
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Published: Plume Books - January 24th, 2001

Akata Witch Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142420911
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Published: Speak - July 11th, 2017

Norma Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493521
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 5th, 2017

Judas Cover Image
By Amos Oz, Nicholas de Lange (Translator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328745491
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Published: Mariner Books - November 21st, 2017

Sister and Brother: A Family Story Cover Image
By Agneta Pleijel, Harald Hille (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781944838201
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Published: Gallaudet University Press - February 28th, 2018

Gravity's Rainbow (Classics Deluxe Edition): (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Thomas Pynchon, Frank Miller (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143039945
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2006

Gilead Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312424404
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Published: Picador USA - January 10th, 2006

How I Live Now Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553376050
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 11th, 2006

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338299144
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 26th, 2018

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525434818
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Published: Vintage - May 1st, 2018

Just Kids Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060936228
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

Swing Time Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594203985
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Published: Penguin Press - November 15th, 2016

To the Back of Beyond Cover Image
By Peter Stamm, Michael Hofmann (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590518281
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Published: Other Press (NY) - October 3rd, 2017

Heaven and Hell Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781623651060
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Published: Maclehose Press Quercus - March 11th, 2014

The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

Ru Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608198986
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - November 27th, 2012

Flights Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525534198
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 14th, 2018

A Grain of Wheat (Penguin African Writers #2) Cover Image
By Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Abdulrazak Gurnah (Introduction by), Chinua Achebe (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780143106760
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2012

Sexing the Cherry (Winterson) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802135780
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Published: Grove Press - August 10th, 1998