Announcement of the long lists for the National Book Awards 2022

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The 2022 National Book Awards (NBA) long lists have been announced for September 14-16. The awards are divided into five categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translated literature and children’s literature.

Judges for this year’s awards include Ben Fountain, Brandon Hobson, Pam Houston, Dana Johnson and Michelle Malonzo for Fiction; Carol Anderson, Melissa Febos, Thor Hanson, Janet Webster Jones and Oscar Villalon for Nonfiction; Kwame Dawes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Keetje Kuipers, January Gill O’Neil and Mai Der Vang for poetry; Nick Buzanski, Veronica Esposito, Ann Goldstein, Rohan Kamicheril and Russell Scott Valentino for translated literature; and Becky Albertalli, Joseph Bruchac, Meghan Dietsche Goel, Jewell Parker Rhodes and Lilliam Rivera for children’s literature.

Here are the titles that have been shortlisted:

Fiction

Eight of the ten books in this category are fiction debuts. Here is the long list:

nonfiction

The long list of nonfiction includes memoirs, scholarly writings, biographies of American political figures, surveys of US and world history, and other books. With the exception of two authors, the majority of authors shortlisted in this category are new to the National Book Awards and the National Book Foundation. Here are the nominees:

Poetry

Poets from all stages of their careers, including two poets with debut poetry collections, are included in this category. Here are the collections that have been shortlisted:

translated literature

The ten works in this category were first published in Arabic, Danish, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish and Spanish. Here they are :

  • The little death of Ibn Arabi by Mohammed Hasan Alwan, translated from Arabic by William M. Hutchins
  • A new name: Septology VI-VII by Jon Fosse, translated from Norwegian by Damion Searls
  • The seasons of purgatory by Shahriar Mandanipour, translated from Persian by Sara Khalili
  • Kibogo by Scholastique Mukasonga, translated from French by Mark Polizzotti
  • Maxillary by Mónica Ojeda, translated from Spanish by Sarah Booker
  • The employees by Olga Ravn, translated from Danish by Martin Aitken
  • seven empty houses by Samanta Schweblin, translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell
  • Where are you from by Saša Stanišić, translated from German by Damion Searls
  • Scattered all over the earth by Yoko Tawada, translated from Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani
  • Jacob’s Books by Olga Tokarczuk, translated from Polish by Jennifer Croft

Children’s literature

Nominees in this category include novels that “address gender and sexuality, racism and xenophobia, self-esteem and self-acceptance.” Here are the titles that made the cut:

Twenty-five finalist books will be revealed on October 4, and the winners in each category will be revealed on November 16 in New York City at an in-person awards event. Each winner will receive $10,000, while each runner-up will take home $1,000. For the translated literature prize, the author and the translator each receive an equal share of the prize money.

The National Book Awards, which were established in 1950, recognize great writing by American authors. Writers who have received them include Philip Roth, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frank O’Hara, Jesmyn Ward, Colson Whitehead, and Elizabeth Acevedo, among others.


Find more literary awards news in Breaking In Books, including the 2022 Hugo Awards.

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