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Longlists for the 2017 National Book Award announced

In the US, the longlists for the 2017 National Book Awards have been announced, reports Publishers Weekly.

The three longlists for the adult awards are:


  • Dark at the Crossing (Elliot Ackerman, Daunt Books)
  • The King is Always Above the People: Stories (Daniel Alarcón, Fourth Estate)
  • Miss Burma (Charmaine Craig, Grove US)
  • Manhattan Beach (Jennifer Egan, Hachette)
  • The Leavers (Lisa Ko, Algonquin US)
  • Pachinko (Min Jin Lee, Head of Zeus)
  • Her Body and Other Parties: Stories (Carmen Maria Machado, Serpent’s Tail)
  • A Kind of Freedom (Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Hachette)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing (Jesmyn Ward, Bloomsbury)
  • Barren Island (Carol Zoref, New Issues Poetry & Prose)


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


  • Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 (Frank Bidart, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (Chen Chen, BOA Editions)
  • The Book of Endings (Leslie Harrison, University of Akron Press)
  • Magdalene: Poems (Marie Howe, W W Norton & Company)
  • Where Now: New and Selected Poems (Laura Kasischke, Copper Canyon)
  • WHEREAS (Layli Long Soldier, Graywolf)
  • In the Language of My Captor (Shane McCrae, Wesleyan University Press)
  • Square Inch Hours (Sherod Santos, W W Norton & Company)
  • Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems (Danez Smith, Chatto & Windus)
  • Afterland (Mai Der Vang, Graywolf)

To see the 2017 National Book Award longlist for Young People’s Literature, click here.

The five finalists in each category will be named on 4 October, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on 15 November.


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