Barnes & Noble announced the eight finalists for its inaugural Book of the Year award. Titles of genre interest include The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese) and Mythos by Stephen Fry (Chronicle). Finalists were selected by committee from a list of titles nominated by Barnes & Noble booksellers. B&N CEO James Daunt said:
The Barnes & Noble Book of the Year is unlike any other U.S. literary prize, as it is selected by booksellers, voting for the title for which they are most proud to be selling. There is no other rule: no limit by genre, by publication date, by commercial success or anything else. The nominations indeed evidence that no rule has been followed. They include a variety of subjects, from the literary to the culinary, and even one title that had yet to be published when nominated, such was the anticipation for it by Barnes & Noble booksellers.
The winner will be chosen by Barnes & Noble booksellers and announced in early December 2019. For more information, see the Barnes & Noble website.
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