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National Book Award 2019 longlists announced

In the US, longlists in four categories of the National Book Award have been announced.

The longlists announced so far are:


  • Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (Hanif Abdurraqib, University of Texas Press)
  • The Yellow House (Sarah M Broom, Grove Press)
  • Thick: And other essays (Tressie McMillan Cottom, The New Press)
  • What You Have Heard is True: A memoir of witness and resistance (Carolyn Forché, Penguin Press)
  • Say Nothing: A true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland (Patrick Radden Keefe, HarperCollins)
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the present (David Treuer, Corsair)
  • The End of the Myth: From the frontier to the border wall in the mind of America (Greg Grandin, Metropolitan Books)
  • Burn the Place: A memoir (Iliana Regan, Agate Midway)
  • Race for Profit: How banks and the real estate industry undermined black homeownership (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, University of North Carolina Press)
  • Solitary: Unbroken by four decades in solitary confinement. My story of transformation and hope. (Albert Woodfox with Leslie George, Text)


  • Variations on Dawn and Dusk (Dan Beachy-Quick, Omnidawn)
  • The Tradition (Jericho Brown, Copper Canyon)
  • “I”: New and selected poems (Toi Derricotte, University of Pittsburgh Press)
  • Build Yourself a Boat (Camonghne Felix, Haymarket)
  • Deaf Republic (Ilya Kaminsky, Graywolf)
  • A Sand Book (Ariana Reines, Tin House)
  • Dunce (Mary Ruefle, Wave Books)
  • Be Recorder (Carmen Giménez Smith, Graywolf)
  • Sight Lines (Arthur Sze, Copper Canyon)
  • Doomstead Days (Brian Teare, Nightboat)

Translated literature

  • When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back: Carl’s book (Naja Marie Aidt, trans by Denise Newman, Quercus)
  • The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field notes on Brazil’s everyday insurrections (Eliane Brum, trans by Diane Grosklaus Whitty, Graywolf)
  • Space Invaders (Nona Fernández, trans by Natasha Wimmer, Graywolf)
  • Will and Testament (Vigdis Hjorth, trans by Charlotte Barslund, Verso)
  • Death is Hard Work (Khaled Khalifa, trans by Leri Price, Faber)
  • Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming (László Krasznahorkai, trans by Ottilie Mulzet, Tuskar Rock)
  • The Barefoot Woman (Scholastique Mukasonga, trans by Jordan Stump, Archipelago)
  • The Memory Police (Yoko Ogawa, trans by Stephen Snyder, Harvill Secker)
  • Crossing (Pajtim Statovci, trans by David Hackston, Pushkin Press)
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (Olga Tokarczuk, trans by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Text)

Young people’s literature

  • The Undefeated (Kwame Alexander, illus by Kadir Nelson, HMH/Versify)
  • Shout: The true story of a survivor who refused to be silenced (Laurie Halse Anderson, Text)
  • Pet (Akwaeke Emezi, Make Me a World)
  • A Place to Belong (Cynthia Kadohata, illus by Julia Kuo, Atheneum/Dlouhy)
  • Look Both Ways: A tale told in ten blocks (Jason Reynolds, illus by Alexander Nabaum, Atheneum/Dlouhy)
  • Patron Saints of Nothing (Randy Ribay, Kokila)
  • Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All (Laura Ruby, Balzer + Bray)
  • 1919: The year that changed America (Martin W Sandler, Bloomsbury)
  • Out of Salem (Hal Schrieve, Seven Stories)
  • Kiss Number 8 (Colleen A F Venable, illus by Ellen T Crenshaw, First Second).

The longlists have been announced over the course of this week via the New Yorker website, with the fiction longlist to be announced on Friday 20 September, Eastern Daylight Time. The shortlists will be announced on 8 October, with the winners to be announced 20 November. For more information, visit the National Book Foundation website.


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