The literary journal Kirkus Reviews has announced the winners for its 2015 book prizes. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara—a book the judges described as “disturbing yet humane, capacious yet intimate, and never less than brilliant”—won the fiction category. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates won the prize in nonfiction. The judges called Coates’s book “a formidable literary achievement and a crucial, urgent, and nuanced contribution to a long-overdue national conversation.” Now in its second year, the Kirkus Prizes were created “to celebrate the 81 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large.” The winners, who were announced at a ceremony on October 15th in Austin, Texas, each received $50,000.
2015 Kirkus Prize Winners Announced
By Tim Cheng | October 21 2015 | Humanities & Social Sciences
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