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The 2017 Library Book Award shortlist announced

The 2017 Library Book Award Shortlist 

The finalists for the 2017 American Library in Paris Book Award, recognizing the most distinguished English-language book of year about France, have been announced by the Library. The books are:

Duck Season: Eating, Drinking, and Other Misadventures in Gascony, France’s Last Best Place by David McAninch (HarperCollins)

The Inquisitor’s Tale: or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton)

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King (Bloomsbury)

I’m Supposed to Protect You From All This: A Memoir by Nadja Spiegelman (Riverhead)

The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables by David Bellos (Particular Books)

The Nemirovksy Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century France by Susan Rubin Suleiman

The fifth annual Book Award, which carries a prize of $5,000, will be presented to the winning author at a ceremony in Paris in November. The choice of the winning book will be made by the award jury, drawn from the Library’s Writers Council, this year consisting of Adam Gopnik, Bruno Racine, and Stacy Schiff.

The Library received 76 submissions this year. Book-length prose works originally written in English, including but not limited to fiction, history, biography, travel, politics, food, and art, are eligible for the award.

Details about the book award can be found on the website.

For inquiries about the award, please contact Alexandra Vangsnes at and for media inquiries contact Charles Trueheart, the award administrator, at

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