2015 National Book Awards Longlists to be Revealed By The New Yorker

September 18, 2015
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he National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, will partner with The New Yorker to exclusively reveal this year’s National Book Awards Longlists, ten books each in the categories of Young People’s Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction, selected by four panels of expert judges independent of the Foundation and The New Yorker.

“We are very pleased to be working with the National Book Foundation to highlight some of the best writing in America this year,” said New Yorker editor David Remnick. “Great writing is a hallmark of both institutions.”

The Longlist announcements will be revealed on newyorker.com:

·         Young People’s Literature on Monday, September 14th at 9 a.m. (EDT)

·         Poetry on Tuesday, September 15th at 9 a.m.

·         Nonfiction on Wednesday, September 16th at 9 a.m.

·         Fiction on Thursday, September 17th at 9 a.m.

Previous Longlist announcements were made in partnership with The Daily Beast and The New York Times.

The New Yorker and the National Book Awards are natural partners,” said the Foundation’s chairman, David Steinberger, CEO of Perseus Books Group. “This collaboration affords us a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the long, fruitful relationship between New Yorker writers and the Awards.”

While this is the first time the National Book Awards and The New Yorker have formally partnered, there is a long history ofNew Yorker writers being recognized by the National Book Foundation. The past three Winners of the Award in Nonfiction, Katherine Boo, George Packer, and Evan Osnos, for example, are all known for their work in The New Yorker.

The National Book Award Finalists will be announced on October 14th; Winners will be announced at a gala dinner and ceremony in New York on November 18th. For more information on the Awards and a list of this year’s judges, visit www.nationalbook.org.

Longlist:

 ·      Cynthia BarnettRain (Crown Publishing Group/Penguin Random House)

·         Ta-Nehisi CoatesBetween the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau/Penguin Random House)

·         Martha HodesMourning Lincoln (Yale University Press)

·         Sally MannHold Still (Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group)

·         Sy MontgomeryThe Soul of an Octopus (Atria/Simon & Schuster)

·         Susanna MooreParadise of the Pacific (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

·         Michael PaternitiLove and Other Ways of Dying: Essays (The Dial Press/Penguin Random House)

·         Carla PowerIf the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Henry Holt and Company)

·         Tracy K. SmithOrdinary Light (Alfred A. Knopf)

·         Michael White, Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir (Persea Books)

NONFICTION JUDGES

Diane Ackerman, Patricia Hill Collins, John D’Agata, Paul Holdengräber, Adrienne Mayor

Poetry

Longlist

·         Ross GayCatalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press)

·         Amy GerstlerScattered at Sea (Penguin/Penguin Random House)

·         Marilyn Hacker, A Stranger’s Mirror (W. W. Norton & Company)

·         Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn (Penguin/Penguin Random House)

·         Jane HirshfieldThe Beauty (Alfred A. Knopf)

·         Robin Coste LewisVoyage of the Sable Venus (Alfred A. Knopf)

·         Ada LimónBright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions)

·         Patrick Phillips, Elegy for a Broken Machine (Alfred A. Knopf)

·         Rowan Ricardo PhillipsHeaven (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

·         Lawrence RaabMistaking Each Other for Ghosts (Tupelo Press)

POETRY JUDGES

Sherman Alexie, Willie Perdomo, Katha Pollitt, Tim Seibles, Jan Weissmiller

Young People’s Literature

Longlist

·         Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children’s Books)

·         M.T. AndersonSymphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad (Candlewick Press)

·         Ali BenjaminThe Thing About Jellyfish (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

·         Rae Carson, Walk on Earth a Stranger (Greenwillow/HarperCollins Children’s Books)

·         Gary Paulsen, This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

·         Laura RubyBone Gap (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children’s Books)

·         Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon, X: A Novel (Candlewick Press)

·         Steve SheinkinMost Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

·         Neal ShustermanChallenger Deep (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

·         Noelle StevensonNimona (HarperTeen/HarperCollins Children’s Books)

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE JUDGES

John Joseph Adams, Teri Lesesne, Laura McNeal, G. Neri, Eliot Schrefer

The National Book Foundation’s mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America

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