Kiriyama Prize finalists named
The short list of finalists for the 11th annual Kiriyama Prize has been announced, and two winners (fiction and nonfiction) will split the $30,000 prize March 27.
"The prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding books that promote greater understanding of and among the nations of the Pacific Rim and of South Asia," said Jeannine Stronach, prize manager. "Authors from anywhere in the world are eligible, but the books have to be about some part of the Pacific Rim or south Asia."
The finalists for nonfiction are:
"The Haiku Apprentice" by Abigail Friedman.
"Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir" by Ernestine Hayes.
"Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.
"Tigers in Red Weather: A Quest for the Last Wild Tigers" by Ruth Padel.
"Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China" by John Pomfret.
The finalists for fiction are:
"The Inheritance of Loss" by Kirin Desai.
"Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman" by Haruki Murakami.
"Stick Out Your Tongue: Stories" by Ma Jian.
"Certainty" by Madeleine Thien.
"Behold the Many" by Lois-Ann Yamanaka.
The Kiriyama Prize is sponsored by Pacific Rim Voices, a group that promotes understanding among people in the Pacific rim through books and reading.