National Book Awards Longlists Revealed This Week

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NBA logoThe National Book Foundation is announcing the longlists for the 2017 National Book Awards this week.

To be eligible for a 2017 National Book Award, a book must have been written by a U.S. citizen and published in the United States between December 1, 2016, and November 30, 2017.

YPL longlistThe 2017 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature was announced on Tuesday, September 12:

  • What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold (Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab)
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway (HarperTeen)
  • All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (Algonquin)
  • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Dlouhy)
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (Knopf)
  • Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (HarperCollins/Walden Pond)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray)
  • Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia (HarperCollins/Amistad)
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray)

Poetry longlistThe 2017 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry was announced on Wednesday, September 13:

  • Half-light: Collected Poems 19652016 by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers)
  • When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen (BOA Editions, Ltd.)
  • The Book of Endings by Leslie Harrison (University of Akron Press)
  • Magdalene: Poems by Marie Howe (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Where Now: New and Selected Poems by Laura Kasischke (Copper Canyon Press)
  • WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier (Graywolf Press)
  • In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae (Wesleyan University Press)
  • Square Inch Hours by Sherod Santos (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)
  • Afterland by Mai Der Vang (Graywolf Press)

The 2017 National Book Awards Longlist for Nonfiction was announced on Thursday, September 14:

  • The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein (Liveright)
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Doubleday)
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Atria/37 INK)
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young (Graywolf Press)
  • Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean (Viking)
  • The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen (Riverhead)
  • No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein (Haymarket Books)

The 2017 National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction was announced on Friday, September 15:

  • Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf)
  • The King Is Always Above the People: Stories by Daniel Alarcón (Riverhead)
  • Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig (Grove Press)
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner)
  • The Leavers by Lisa Ko (Algonquin)
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central)
  • Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf)
  • A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (Counterpoint)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)
  • Barren Island by Carol Zoref (New Issues Poetry & Prose)

Finalists will be revealed on October 4 and winners will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 15 in New York City.