Brit Bennett, The Mothers (Riverhead)
Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (Knopf)
Greg Jackson, Prodigals (FSG)
S. Li, Transoceanic Flights (Harvard Square Editions)
Thomas Pierce, Hall of Small Mammals (Riverhead)
The Aspen Institute is launching a $35,000 annual Aspen Words Literary Prize, recognizing "an influential work of fiction that focuses on vital contemporary issues." Submissions for books published in English in 2017 that address questions of violence, inequality, gender, the environment, immigration, religion, race, or other social issues will open early next, and the first award will be presented in New York in early spring 2018.
Correcting Tuesday's awards preview item, the Booker Prize will be awarded the evening of October 25, after the Frankfurt Book Fair.