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September 22, 2017
BookLife and Publishers Weekly announce the titles advancing to quarterfinals of the 2017 BookLife Prize.

Seventy-nine books from seven genres advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2017 BookLife Prize. Scored and selected by Publishers Weekly reviewers, the quarterfinalists are as follows:

General Fiction:
The Binding of Saint Barbara
Aunt Sookie & Me: The Sordid Tale of a Scandalous Southern Belle
Wild World
A Hundred Veils
This Crumbling Pageant
Cousin's Club
No Big Thing
I, Sarah Steinway
Dead Cats and Other Reflections on Parenthood
Leaving The Beach

Poison Heartbeats
Face Value
Full Slab Dead
The Hiding Girl
The Ossuary's Paladin
In Sheep's Clothing: An Action-Packed Political Thriller
The Last Train
Blood Symbols
Revelation and Retribution
Libya Story

Faithful And Devoted
Counting Wolves
Secrets Return (Leftover Girl Book 2)
The Night People
The Third Coin
Ember Burning
The Talisman Chronicles
A Wolf at Camp Vamp
The Precipice
The Titchfield Turnabout
Ember of the Planet
Kino and the King: A Journey in Time

A Scandalous Matter (Magic of Love Book 3)
A Dash of Desire
The Stationmaster's Cottage
When Love Unlocks Time
Dragon Heat (Book 1)
Always in Love with Lily
The Art of Healing - A Novel
Essential Magic (The Fay of Skye Book 1)
Imbroglio: The Ties of Love and Lies

Middle Grade:
The Big Exoneration
Bear of Trees
Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend, Book 2
Topaz and the Green Fairies
Promise of Wings
Roadkill on the Flipside
Superman and Me
The Accidental Pirate
The Eye of Zeus
The Day Elijah Learned to Fly

The Horror Writer
Brimstone, Part 1: Die Trying
Dead Time (Between Two Evils) (Volume 3)
Songs of Insurrection: A Legends of Tivara Story
Tides of Change
Santa Claus: The King of the Elves
Town of No Exit

The Recognition Run
The Vexing Heirloom
The Catacombs
Island of the Dolls (World's Scariest Places Book 4)

Beautiful Hero: How We Survived the Khmer Rouge
Hardbarned! One Man's Quest for Meaningful Work in the American South
Gas Money
Side-Yard Superhero
All I Want to Do Is Live: A Collection of Creative Nonfiction
Becoming Enough
Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love
Warrior Patient
Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home
Spear-Carrier in a Backwater War

The quarterfinal round will be judged by the editoral staffs of Publishers Weekly and BookLife. Semifinalists will be announced on Monday, October 2, 2017. For more information about the BookLife Prize, check out all the quarterfinalists and public entries.

[Correction: One of the originally listed quarterfinalists was disqualified The article has been edited to reflect this change.]