Awards: German Book Prize; Baillie Gifford Nonfiction

The shortlist for the €25,000 (about $29,900) 2017 German Book Prize has been announced. The winner will be made known on October 9, just before the Frankfurt Book Fair. The shortlist consists of:

Romeo oder Julia by Gerhard Falkner
Das Floss der Medusa by Franzobel
Schlafende Sonne by Thomas Lehr
Die Hauptstadt by Robert Menasse
Die Kieferninseln by Marion Poschmann
Ausser Sich by Sasha Marianna Salzmann


A longlist has been released for the £30,000 (about $39,570) Baillie Gifford Prize, which "aims to reward the best of nonfiction and is open to authors of any nationality." The shortlist will be announced October 6, and a winner named November 16. This year's longlisted titles are:

Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason by Christopher de Bellaigue
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
How to Survive a Plague by David France
Plot 29 by Allan Jenkins
Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova
I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Soaud Mekhennet
An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn
A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead
To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death by Mark O'Connell
Belonging: the Story of the Jews, 1492-1900 by Simon Schama
Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow 

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