For the first half of 2011, the shortlisted titles are:
Geraldine Brooks' Caleb's Crossing, set in 1660s Martha's Vineyard and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and centering on the friendship between a minister's daughter and a young man of the Wampanoag tribe;
Susan Vreeland's Clara and Mr. Tiffany, about Clara Driscoll, Louis Comfort Tiffany's chief designer at his New York glass studio in the 1890s.
For more on both books, see the Langum Charitable Trust. To submit a novel for consideration, view the directions available at the site.
The prize is awarded annually to the "best book in American historical fiction that is both excellent fiction and excellent history." Recent past winners include Ann Weisgarber's The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, Edward Rutherfurd's New York, and Kathleen Kent's The Heretic's Daughter.