300 Seconds: Congratulatory Tweets

Have you tweeted lately? Sometimes deciding what to send out can be as daunting as actually sending it. Why not send a congratulatory note to literary prize nominees? It will draw your follower’s attention to these books and it’s just a nice thing to do.

Here are the Kirkus Prize nominees for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Readers’ Literature. If the author has a Twitter account (that I could find) you can go to it by clicking the link beside the author. If the author doesn’t have a Twitter account, I’ve linked to the publisher’s account.



  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chast (@BloomsburyPub)
  • Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo Damrosch (@yalepress)
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert  (@ElizKolbert)
  • The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science by Armand Marie Leroi (@vikingbooks)
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty (@Harvard_Press)
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (@spiegelandgrau)

Young Readers’ Literature

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell/Cece Bell (@CeceBellBooks)
  • The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant/Melissa Sweet (@ebyrbooks)
  • The Key the Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos (@MacKidsBooks)
  • The Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston (@ek_johnston)
  • The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell (@Scholastic)
  • Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth/Kate Samworth (@HMHKids)

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay