Posted on 07/12/2018 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The New Academy has released its longlist of candidates for the alternative Nobel Prize for Literature.

Swedish librarians chose what The Guardian calls a “wonderfully eclectic lineup” to be voted on by the public.

The list includes fresh faces like “Finnish rising star Sofi Oksanen ... (and) Polish Man Booker International prize winner Olga Tokarczuk”; critical darlings like Margaret Atwood, Cormac McCarthy, and Haruki Murakami; and pop-culture icons like J.K. Rowling and Patti Smith (yes, the musician).

The top three vote-getters will go before a panel of judges. Cast your vote here through August 14 to help winnow the list for them.

The New Academy formed earlier this month for the sole purpose of giving out an alternative to the Nobel Prize for Literature, which was canceled this year over rape allegations.

On December 11, the day after it hands out its prize, the New Academy (comprised of various Swedish cultural figures) will dissolve.

Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Awards, Scandal

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