Awards: Arthur C. Clarke; Will Eisner; Sami Rohr; Elizabeth Longford

A six-book shortlist has been announced for the £2,017 (about $2,605) Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year. The winner will be named July 27 at a public ceremony held in partnership with Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road. This year's shortlisted titles are:

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
After Atlas by Emma Newman
Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan
Central Station by Lavie Tidhar
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


Nominees in 30 categories have been announced for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and can be seen here. Winners will be announced during Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 21.


Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear (Little, Brown), has won the $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, a program of the Jewish Book Council, that honors "emerging writers who explore the Jewish experience in a specific work of non-fiction and fiction in alternating years." The organization said Ways to Disappear, Novey's debut novel, "tells the story about the disappearance of a famous Brazilian novelist and the young translator who turns her life upside down to follow her favorite author's trail."

Daniel Torday, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West: A Novel (St. Martin's), won the $18,000 Choice Award.

Three others received $5,000 each:
Paul Goldberg, author of The Yid (Picador)
Adam Ehrlich Sachs, author of Inherited Disorders (Regan Arts)
Rebecca Schiff, author of The Bed Moved (Knopf)


John Bew won the £5,000 (about $6,460) Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography for his book Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee. Chair of the judges Roy Foster said the winning book about Clement Atlee, British prime minister from 1945 to 1951, "restores to attention an underestimated figure, masterfully conveying his intellectual formation as well as the social background which he represented, often with surprising forcefulness. Psychologically astute and full of unexpected political insights, Bew's biography profiles both the world of middle-class socialism in the twentieth century, and its late-Victorian roots. The judges were unanimous in applauding it."

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