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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Debut Masterpieces

This past week, George Saunders was awarded the Man Booker Prize for his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.

This brought to mind an article in Literary Hub which had put together a list of debut novels that are often considered to be their author’s masterpieces:  http://lithub.com/10-debut-novels-that-are-also-their-authors-masterpieces/.

Also on the topic of first novels, The Center for Fiction has a First Novel Prize which is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author receives $1,000.  The 2017 longlist (http://www.centerforfiction.org/awards/the-first-novel-prize/2017-first-novel-prize-long-list/) featured Lincoln in the Bardo, but the novel did not make it to the shortlist (http://www.centerforfiction.org/awards/the-first-novel-prize/2017-first-novel-prize/).  The winner will be announced on December 5.