Here are the winners of the 2022 Kirkus Prize. ‹ Literary Center

October 27, 2022, 8:09 p.m.

In a ceremony Thursday at the Austin Central Library, Kirkus Reviews announced the three winners of their ninth annual Kirkus Prize in Fiction, Non-Fiction and Literature for Young Readers.

The winners were chosen from the 1,436 books that received the coveted Kirkus star last year, and were selected from a shortlist released last month. Each winner receives a cash prize of $50,000. These winners are:

FICTION:

Hernan Diaz, Trustee

Hernan Diaz, Trust (River)

Statement from the fictional judges: “This year’s finalists are an exciting group, but Hernan Diaz Trust stands out for how it uses multiple perspectives and forms to push the boundaries of what a novel can do. What seems to start as an homage to Roaring Twenties novels unfolds with each successive layer in a complex story of power, love, and the nature of truth. Confidence is a true literary delight.

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NON-FICTION:

Tanaïs, In Sensorium: Notes for my people

Tanais, In Sensorium: Notes for My People (Harper/Harper Collins)

Statement from the non-fiction judges: “It was a pleasure to spend time with the six finalists. Each is a consummate work of art, of great diversity and immense impact. In overwhelming agreement, we selected In Sensorium of Tanaïs as the winner of the Kirkus Nonfiction Prize 2022 for his audacity, his inventiveness, his vision and his lyrical eloquence. Using the framework of scent and smell, the author’s work confronts aspects of our society related to women, gender, and people of color. Seductive, vital and incomparable, it is a reading experience that endures.

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LITERATURE FOR YOUNG READERS:

Harmony Becker, Himawari House

Harmony Becker, Himawari House (First Second/Macmillan)

Young Readers Literature Judges Statement: “All of the young readers’ literature finalists represent outstanding achievement in their respective formats and genres, but the judges selected Harmony Becker’s Himawari House for his remarkable mastery of graphic novel conventions and his insightful exploration of emotionally resonant and enduring themes of family, friendship and identity. The brilliance of the book lies both in the authentic cultural specificity that grounds it and in Becker’s creative presentation that welcomes all readers.

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