Awards: Orwell; Green Earth Book

A 12-title longlist has been released for this year's £3,000 (about $4,250) Orwell Prize "for the work which comes closest to George Orwell's ambition 'to make political writing into an art.' " The shortlist will be announced May 18 and a winner named June 25. The longlisted titles are:

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Bitch Doctrine by Laurie Penny
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
What You Did Not Tell by Mark Mazower
Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain by Clair Wills
Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra
Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State by Chris Renwick
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason by Christopher de Bellaigue
Threads from the Refugee Crisis by Kate Evans
Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine
The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey


The Nature Generation has announced its shortlist for the 2018 Green Earth Book Award, which honors authors and illustrators "whose books best convey the environmental stewardship message to youth" and is given annually "to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment." The winners, who will be announced on Earth Day (April 22), receive $1,500. You can find a list of the 25 finalists here.

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