Barnes & Noble announced the winning and notable titles for its Discover Great New Writers awards for fiction and nonfiction at a cocktail party held last night at its flagship store in New York City. The authors of the winning books will receive a cash prize and marketing support for the bookseller.
The fiction winner is The Golden Child by Claire Adam, a debut novel set in Trinidad that follows the lives of a family facing difficult choices.
The nonfiction winner is What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young, a thoughtful and often humorous collection of essays on race, culture and the state of being of an African-American male in America.
Notable fiction titles cited by the judges include Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, and The Travelers by Regina Porter.
Notable nonfiction titles cited by the judges include How We fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones, Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz, and Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino.
The eight books were chosen by two panels of noted authors from among 52 titles picked by Barnes & Noble booksellers from a selection of more than 1,000 books. The judges are Christopher Bollen, Janet Fitch, Matthew Goodman, Veronica Chambers, and Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen.