The Aspen Words Literary Prize Announces its 2024 Shortlist

By Katerina Rettino | March 15 2024 | General

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is an “annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture,” according to the official website.

The 2024 Shortlist showcases five fiction works, honoring two Penguin Random House titles: Chain-Gang All Stars, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and published by Pantheon, and The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride and published by Riverhead Books.

Keep reading to learn more about our nominated titles, and congratulations to our authors!

Chain Gang All Stars


2024 Aspen Words Literary Prize Shortlist


Two top women gladiators fight for their freedom within a depraved private prison system not so far-removed from America’s own in this explosive, hotly-anticipated debut novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Friday Black.

$18.00 US
Jan 23, 2024
432 Pages
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store


2024 Aspen Words Literary Prize Shortlist


From James McBride, author of the bestselling Oprah’s Book Club pick Deacon King Kong and the National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird, a novel about small-town secrets and the people who keep them. In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the residents of Chicken Hill, the dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows.

$17.00 US
Aug 08, 2023
400 Pages
Riverhead Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt
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