Announcing the National Book Award Longlists

Editor on September 15, 2017

NBF-longlist-225Awards season is here. On the heels of the Man Booker Prize shortlist, this week the National Book Foundation announced longlists for their awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People's Literature, and Poetry. First given in 1950, previous winners of the National Book Award include Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Annie Proulx, and Charles Johnson. Finalists will be revealed on October 4, and the winners will be revealed at the Foundation's annual gala in November.

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2017 Longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction


Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing (Knopf / Penguin Random House)

Daniel Alarcón, The King Is Always Above the People: Stories (Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)

Charmaine Craig, Miss Burma (Grove Press / Grove Atlantic)

Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach (Scribner / Simon & Schuster)

Lisa Ko, The Leavers (Algonquin Books / Workman Publishing)

Min Jin Lee, Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group)

Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories (Graywolf Press)

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, A Kind of Freedom (Counterpoint Press)

Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner / Simon & Schuster)

Carol Zoref, Barren Island (New Issues Poetry & Prose)


2017 Longlist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction 


Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (Atria / 37 INK / Simon & Schuster)

Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (Simon & Schuster)

James Forman, Jr., Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux / Macmillan Publishers)

Masha Gessen, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia (Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)

David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Doubleday / Penguin Random House)

Naomi Klein, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (Haymarket Books)

Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (Viking / Penguin Random House)

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company)

Timothy B. Tyson, The Blood of Emmett Till (Simon & Schuster)

Kevin Young, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News (Graywolf Press)


2017 Longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature


Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of (Carolrhoda Lab / Lerner Publishing Group)

Robin Benway, Far from the Tree (HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers)

Samantha Mabry, All the Wind in the World (Algonquin Young Readers / Workman Publishing Company)

Mitali Perkins, You Bring the Distant Near (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers / Macmillan Publishers)

Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down (Atheneum / Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster)

Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House)

Laurel Snyder, Orphan Island (Walden Pond Press / HarperCollins Publishers)

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give (Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers)

Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (Amistad / HarperCollins Publishers)

Ibi Zoboi, American Street (Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers)


2017 Longlist for the National Book Award for Poetry


Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers)

Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, Ltd.)

Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings (University of Akron Press)

Marie Howe, Magdalene: Poems (W.W. Norton & Company)

Laura Kasischke, Where Now: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press)

Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS (Graywolf Press)

Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press)

Sherod Santos, Square Inch Hours (W.W. Norton & Company)


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