It's awards season, and the full longlist for the National Book Awards has been announced. The shortlist will be announced Oct 14, and the winners will be announced Nov 18. Winners will
be crowned with gold and honey receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. Here's the whole shebang!
A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball
Refund: Stories by Karen E. Bender
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
Honeydew by Edith Pearlman
Mislaid by Nell Zink
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mourning Lincoln by Martha Hodes
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawai’i by Susanna Moore
Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti
If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power
Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith
Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir by Michael White
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
Scattered at Sea by Amy Gerstler
A Stranger's Mirror by Marilyn Hacker
How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes
The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield
Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis
Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón
Elegy for a Broken Machine by Patrick Phillips
Heaven by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts by Lawrence Raab
YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs by Gary Paulsen
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
See anyone you hope brings home the prize?
The shortlists for all categories will be announced on October 16, with the winners revealed at a gala on November 20. What do you think of the list? Which do you think might be the big winner? Are there any books you feel should have been nominated? Chime in below.
The National Book Foundation continues their rollout of this year's contenders for the National Book Award with the longlist of books in the nonfiction category:
• Finding Florida: The True Story of the Sunshine State by T.D. Allman
• Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami by Gretel Ehrlich
• The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA by Scott C. Johnson
• Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower
• The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
• The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
• Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout
• Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
Which book are you rooting for?
The news that Lauren Myracle was asked to remove Shine from the list of National Book Award finalists rocked the literary community on Monday. Myracle, who took the high rode with her response to the NBA's ham-handed handling of their monumental error, is starting to make the media rounds—her cover designer at Abrams has posted a terrific rundown of the coverage so far, including today's Vanity Fair Q&A. One of our favorite links to come out of the controversy is this collection of tweets in support of Myracle. More can be found here.
But the NBAs aren't the only awards that have created a stir. When Julian Barnes was given the Booker Prize last night, the spotlight was stolen by a bizarre speech from committee chairman Stella Rimington, who had earlier been lambasted for this year's shortlist selections. It seemed that Rimington, who has written several spy thrillers, was smarting over the insinuation that "books you can zip through," as one judge described the novels on their shortlist, are less worthy of awards.
This crossing of swords between the "readable" and the literary has been given more nuanced treatment by Laura Miller in Salon. Also of interest: a post by NBA judge and novelist Victor LaValle, who rightly points out that the literary and the readable are not separate categories and gives a defense of this year's fiction nominees.