It’s here: The longlist for the National Book Award!
- For the second time in their careers, Jennifer Egan and Jesmyn Ward are longlisted against each other. The last time this happened Ward won for Salvage the Bones.
- Four of the ten authors are nominated for debut work.
- Eight of the ten longlisted authors are women.
- Six of the ten longlisted authors are people of color.
Without further ado, here you go:
Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman
The King is Always Above the People: Stories by Danial Alarcón
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Barren Island by Carol Zoref
The judges this year are:
- Alexander Chee
- Dave Eggers
- Annie Philbrick
- Karolina Waclawiak
- Jacqueline Woodson
The shortlist will be announced on October 4th and winners announced on November 15th.