Robert Galbraith Advances to Goodreads Semi-finals and Makes Impac Longlist

We posted last week about Robert Galbraith’s Career of Evil being nominated in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015, and now the third book in the Cormoran Strike series has made it to the semi-finals!

J.K. Rowling has been nominated in the Goodreads Choice Awards every year since 2012 (three times as Robert Galbraith) but has only managed to snag an award once, winning the Best in Fiction category for The Casual Vacancy in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, Galbraith only narrowly missed out on victory in the Mystery/Thriller category, losing each time by less than 500 votes – so your vote really does count! Voting is open until November 23, so if you loved Career of Evil, let’s make this year a victory for Robert Galbraith!

But even though we’re all talking about Career of Evil, the second installment in the series, The Silkworm isn’t done racking up awards yet. The mystery novel has landed a spot on the International Impac Dublin Literary Award’s 2016 longlist. This award aims to honor excellence in English-language literature, and libraries all over the world are invited to nominate the most deserving titles. This year, 118 cities nominated 160 books, and The Silkworm is one of them! The Impac Award also comes with a hefty prize – £71,300 – and the winner will be announced in June of 2016.

The Silkworm is up against some tough competition, including The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize), Euphoria by Lily King (winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize), The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss, and many other worthy titles! You can read the full list here. Let’s hope The Silkworm will be victorious – we’ll let you know next June!

Jessica J.

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