The shortlist will arrive on October 15 and the winners will be announced November 19. We won't pick a favorite but only one of the authors on this list has recorded an impassioned defense of Justin Bieber.
Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman
Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans
John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
Phil Klay, Redeployment
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
Elizabeth McCracken, Thunderstruck & Other Stories
Richard Powers, Orfeo
Marilynne Robinson, Lila
Jane Smiley, Some Luck
Orfeo also made the longlist for the Man Booker prize but couldn't crack the shortlist, which is the literary version of "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride."