Tomi Adeyemi is on the Kirkus Prize 2018 shortlist in the Young Adult category for her novel Children of Blood and Bone. The announcement was made on September 25, 2018.
Kirkus Reviews is a US book review magazine founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus. The magazine, headquartered in New York City, publishes on the first and 15th of each month with previews of books prior to their publication. In 2014, Kirkus Reviews started the Kirkus Prize, one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature.
The first year the prize went to Lily King for her book Euphoria with subsequent winners being Hanya Yanagihara for A Little Life in 2015. In 2016, the fiction prize went to C.E. Morgan for his book Sport of Kings. Last year the winner in the Young Adult category was Lesley Nneka Arimah for her short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky.
The prize announced those who are in the running for this year’s award and of interest to us is the Young readers’ category. Those in the young adult category are;
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen).
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt/Macmillan).
As you can see above, Tomi Adeyemi the Nigerian writer of Children of Blood and Bone is in the running for the US$50,000 prize money. Winners of the Kirkus Prize 2018 will be announced at a ceremony in Austin, Texas on Thursday, October 25.