Awards: Cundill History; SCBWI MSs

The longlist has been unveiled for the $75,000 Cundill History Prize, administered by McGill University in Montreal. Three finalists will be named October 26 in London, and the winner announced on November 16 in Montreal. The two runners-up each receive a Recognition of Excellence Award worth $10,000. This year's longlisted titles are:

Black Elk by Joe Jackson
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Up-rising of 1971 and its Legacy by Heather Thompson
Martin Luther by Lyndal Roper
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald
The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsar by Daniel Beer
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times by Christopher de Ballaigue
Vietnam: A New History by Christopher Goscha
Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 by Stephen Smith
The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Schneidel


The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators announced this year's winners of the Sue Alexander Award and Most Promising Picture Book Award, which were chosen from manuscripts submitted for individual critiques by editors and agents at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

Christine DeHerrera's Jeezus Geeks & Rainbow Freaks (YA realistic fiction) won the Sue Alexander Award, which is given to "the manuscript deemed most promising for publication." She will have her synopsis presented to a group of editors and agents.

Meg Lentz's This Door took the Picture Book Award, which recognizes "the picture book manuscript with the most promise." She receives $500 to finish the work-in-progress.

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