Kentuckian C.E. Morgan’s “The Sport of Kings” Kirkus Prize finalist

C.E. Morgan near her home in Berea
C.E. Morgan near her home in Berea Guy Mendes

Kentucky novelist C.E. Morgan’s “The Sport of Kings” been named a finalist in the fiction category for the third annual Kirkus Prize.

Morgan, who lives in Berea, was interviewed by the Herald-Leader earlier this year about her work, a sweeping family story that addresses issues of race and class in a story set in the Bluegrass.

J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” was named a finalist in the nonfiction category. Vance’s grandparents grew up and lived in Jackson in Breathitt County, and Vance spent some summers there. He lives in Ohio.

Kirkus Reviews, the nation’s leading prepublication journal of book reviews, on Monday announced the six finalists in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature.

Other finalists in the fiction category are “Imagine Me Gone,” by Adam Haslett; “Carousel Court,” by Joe McGinniss Jr.; “Barkskins,” by Annie Proulx; “A Gentleman in Mowcow” by Amor Towles; and “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead.

Other finalists in nonfiction include: “At The Existentialist Cafe,” by Susan Bakewell; “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond; “The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America,” by Michael Eric Dyson; “In the Darkroom” by Susan Faludi; and “Truevine” by Beth Macy.

Finalists for young readers’ literature includeds “Thunder Boy Jr.” by Sherman Alexie with illustrations by Yuyi Morales and “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life” by Ashley Bryan, picture books; “We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler” by Russell Freedman and “As Brave As You” by Jason Reynolds, middle grade; and “The Reader” by Traci Chee and “Burn Baby Burn” by Meg Medina, young adult.

Winners will be announced in Austin on November 3.

Cheryl Truman: 859-231-3202, @CherylTruman.

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