Minneapolis writer Anne Ursu named finalist for prestigious Kirkus Prize

Minneapolis writer Anne Ursu is a finalist for a prestigious and lucrative award Kirkus Prize for her mid-level fantasy novel, “The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy”. Any book that has received a star-studded review from the trade journal Kirkus is eligible for consideration, and that list is narrowed down to six in each category.

Ursu’s fantasy novel, published by Walden Pond Press, is set in a kingdom where boys are groomed to become wizards and girls are kept in secondary, obedient roles. The main character of Marya – who tries to conform – is sent to Dragomir Academy, a school for “troubled girls”.

The finalists in fiction are “Scary Monsters” by Michelle de Kretser; “Trust” by Hernan Diaz; “God’s Children Are Little Broken Things” by Arinze Ifeakandu; “Mecca” by Straight Susan; “Scattered All Over the Earth” by Yoko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani; and “The Books of Jacob” from Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft.

The non-fiction finalists are “By Hands Now Known” by Margaret A. Burnham; “The Facemaker” from Lindsey Fitzharris; “The 1919 Project” edited by Nikole Hannah Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein; “Those Precious Days” by Anne Patchett; “In Sensorium” by Tanais; and “A huge world” of Ed Yong.

And in addition to Ursu, the children’s literature finalists are “Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost” by Betina Birkjaer; “The Year We Learned to Fly” by Jacqueline Woodson; “The Golden Hour” Nikki Smith; “Himawari House” by Harmony Becker; and “How You Grow Wings” by Rimma Onoseta.

Now in its ninth year, the Kirkus Prizes are among the most lucrative literary prizes, each carrying a $50,000 honorarium. The winners will be announced at 6 p.m. on October 27 at the Austin Central Library in Austin, Texas, and will also be broadcast live on Kirkus YouTube channel.

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