LONDON (AP) — Books about life in the dying days of the Soviet Union and a childhood among Chicago's black elite are two of the finalists for Britain's leading literary award for nonfiction.
"Second-hand Time," by Belarusian Nobel literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich and Pulitzer Prize winner Margo Jefferson's autobiographical "Negroland" are shortlisted for the 30,000-pound ($36,000) Baillie Gifford Prize.
The other two finalists are Libyan writer Hisham Matar's quest to discover his father's fate, "The Return"; and lawyer Philippe Sands' "East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity."
Stephanie Flanders, the judging panel chair, said Monday that the books share an "emphasis on the first person — and first-hand reporting."
Formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize, the award recognizes English-language nonfiction from any country.
The winner is announced Nov. 15.