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October 2, 2017
The semifinalists were chosen from seven genres by the editorial staffs of Publishers Weekly and BookLife.

Thirty-five books from seven genres advanced to the semifinal round of the 2017 BookLife Prize. Selected by the editorial staffs of Publishers Weekly and Booklife, the semifinalists are as follows:

General Fiction

Leaving the Beach
Dead Cats and Other Reflections on Parenthood
Cousins' Club
A Hundred Veils
This Crumbling Pageant


The Hiding Girl
The Last Train
Blood Symbols
Face Value
Libya Story

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

The Horror Writer
The Vexing Heirloom
Tides of Change
The Recognition Run


A Scandalous Matter
A Dash of Desire
Dragon Heat
Essential Magic


Beautiful Hero: How We Survived the Khmer Rouge
Gas Money
Warrior Patient
Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home
Spear-Carrier in a Backwater War

Young Adult

The Titchfield Turnabout
The Talisman Chronicles
A Wolf at Camp Vamp
Faithful And Devoted
Counting Wolves

Middle Grade

The Big Exoneration
The Day Elijah Learned to Fly
Promise of Wings
The Accidental Pirate
Superman and Me

The semifinal round will be judged by a great collection of award-winning and bestselling authors:

Memoir: Julie Powell
General Fiction: Eleanor Brown
Mystery Thriller: Mark Dawson
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: Tim Pratt
Romance/Erotica: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Young Adult: Vic James
Middle Grade: Taran Matharu


For more information about the BookLife Prize, check out all the quarterfinalists and public entries.