Hisham Matar won the inaugural £20,000 (about $25,680) Rathbones Folio Prize, recognizing "the best work of literature, regardless of form, written in English and published in a given year," for The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, which was also a Pulitzer Prize winner this year. The judges said The Return "shows what a novelist at the top of his game can do with nonfiction. It gives the reader the same aesthetic, the same satisfaction of the great literary works that enter our lives and stay with us forever."
Finalists have been announced for the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, honoring "a debut work of nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant." The winner receives a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books in print and digital editions. This year's finalists are:
King Leopold's Daughter by Mona de Vestel
Far from the Rooftop of the World by Amy Yee
The Body Papers by Grace Talusan
The Fifth Season by Nikita Nelin