Kirkus Prize 10th year. Meet top literary award winners

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The Kirkus Prize, a prestigious literary award, has been awarded to Ariel Aberg-Riger, Héctor Tobar, and James McBride this year.

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The prize recognizes outstanding works of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books, and winners are selected from a pool of nearly 11,000 authors whose books have been reviewed in Kirkus Reviews.

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Created a decade ago, the prize includes a cash award of $50,000 for each author.

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The judges praised James McBride's book, The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, for its exploration of themes such as community, mercy, and karmic justice.

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McBride, a highly acclaimed writer, has received numerous awards throughout his career, including a National Book Award for fiction in 2013

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Héctor Tobar's nonfiction book, Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of "Latino," was recognized for its thoughtful examination of the Latinx experience in America.

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Tobar is known for his bestselling book, Deep Down Dark, which tells the gripping story of Chilean miners trapped underground.

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Ariel Aberg-Riger's book, America Redux: Visual Stories From Our Dynamic History, won the prize for young readers' writing, and was praised for its engaging approach to lesser-known aspects of American history.

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