British bookseller Foyles announced its three Books of the Year, with The Power by Naomi Alderman taking the fiction crown, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge earning the nonfiction prize, and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo winning children's book award, the Bookseller reported.
Foyles booksellers and staff across London, Bristol, Birmingham and Chelmsford voted for the titles from three shortlists made up of the company's bestselling titles of 2017. All three titles will be promoted heavily in Foyles' seven bricks-and-mortar shops and online store in the run-up to Christmas.
"You can always rely on a Foyles bookseller to recommend books that will entertain, surprise, challenge and stir the reader, and our colleagues have done just that with these three excellent books," said Foyles CEO Paul Currie. "As part of our core values, we ask all our booksellers to be current, and I think this really shines through in their choices this year: it's hard to think of three books more relevant to the here and now."
Heather Baker, senior buyer at Foyles, said the titles "all center women's voices and perspectives in a powerful and unique way.... Each addresses an imbalance in power.... Each in its own way is passionate, timely and thought-provoking. I'm immensely proud of this list, and so happy that Foyles is a place where books like this flourish, and conversations begin."
Blackwell's has released the shortlist for its Book of the Year, the Bookseller reported. The titles across four categories have been voted on by the chain's booksellers and will now be promoted in shops and online throughout the holiday season. Booksellers will choose the overall Blackwell's Book of the Year from the four contenders on December 8. The shortlisted titles are:
Fiction: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Nonfiction: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Children's: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
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