Longlist nominees for the 2022 National Book Awards

It’s an excellent 12 months to be a newcomer, not less than in case you dream of a National Book Award. Eight of the ten nominees on the annual prizes’ fiction longlist, introduced Friday by the National Book Basis, are debut fiction authors. Their narratives embrace the making of an artist from a struggling Florida immigrant household, an epic of ecstatic visions revolving round a failed Midwestern industrial city, a queer Latino professor’s conflicted return to suburban Lengthy Island and ladies attempting to make do in male-dominated Alaska.

Among the many nominated debuts are “If I Survive You” by Jonathan Escoffery, “Maria, Maria & Other Stories” by Marytza Okay. Rubio, “The Town of Babylon” by Alejandro Varela and “The Rabbit Hutch” by Tess Gunty. Jamil Jan Kochai drew a nod for his second ebook, the story assortment “The Haunting of Hajji Hotak,” and Gayle Jones, who was a fiction finalist in 1998, was longlisted for her new novel, “The Birdcatcher.”

Forty different authors have been listed earlier this week within the classes of poetry, nonfiction, translated literature and younger folks’s literature.

Newcomers to the prize dominated the nonfiction class as effectively. Amongst these on the longlist is UCLA professor Kelly Lytle Hernández, for “Bad Mexicans,” a riveting account of how the 1910 Mexican Revolution was plotted by rebels residing within the American South and West. The muse additionally acknowledged memoirs or essays taking up broad topics, resembling persistent sickness (Meghan O’Rourke’s “Invisible Kingdom”), South American shamanism (“The Man Who Could Move Clouds,” by Ingrid Rojas Contreras), the idea of loss (Kathryn Schulz‘s “Lost and Found”) and the racial legacy of the South (“South to America,” by Imani Perry).

Sharon Olds, Quincy Troupe, Shelley Wong and Jenny Xie were among those longlisted for poetry; nominees for young people’s literature embrace Sabaa Tahir, Sherri Winston and Traci Chee; and the inspiration acknowledged translated literature from Samanta Schweblin, Scholastique Mukasonga, 2018 Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk and others.

Finalists in all classes will likely be revealed Oct. 4, and the winners will likely be honored Nov. 16 in New York Metropolis on the 73rd National Book Awards ceremony.

See the total checklist under.


“When We Were Sisters,” Fatimah Asghar

“Shutter,” Ramona Emerson

“If I Survive You,” Jonathan Escoffery

“The Rabbit Hutch,” Tess Gunty

“The Birdcatcher,” Gayl Jones

“The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories,” Jamil Jan Kochai

“All This Could Be Different,” Sarah Thankam Mathews

“Nobody Gets Out Alive,” Leigh Newman

“Maria, Maria & Other Stories,” Marytza Okay. Rubio

“The Town of Babylon,” Alejandro Varela


“Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays,” Anna Badkhen

“Ted Kennedy: A Life,” John A. Farrell

“Uncommon Measure: A Journey Through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time,” Natalie Hodges

“Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands,” Kelly Lytle Hernández

“The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness,” Meghan O’Rourke

“South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation,” Imani Perry

“Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus,” David Quammen

“The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir,” Ingrid Rojas Contreras

“His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

“Lost & Found: A Memoir,” Kathryn Schulz


“Golden Ax,” Rio Cortez

“Look at This Blue,” Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

“Still Life,” Jay Hopler

“Punks: New & Selected Poems,” John Keene

“Balladz,” Sharon Olds

“Best Barbarian,” Roger Reeves

“Mummy Eaters,” Sherry Shenoda

“Duende,” Quincy Troupe

“As She Appears,” Shelley Wong

“The Rupture Tense,” Jenny Xie

Younger Individuals’s Literature

“The Ogress and the Orphans,” Kelly Barnhill

“The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen,” Isaac Blum

“A Thousand Steps Into Night,” Traci Chee

“Swim Team,” Johnnie Christmas

“Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix,” Anna-Marie McLemore

“The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School,” Sonora Reyes

“Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice,” Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, Dawud Anyabwile

“All My Rage,” Sabaa Tahir

“Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution,” Sherri Winston

“Maizy Chen’s Last Chance,” Lisa Yee

Translated Literature

“Ibn Arabi’s Small Death,” Mohammed Hasan Alwan, translated from Arabic by William M. Hutchins

“A New Name: Septology VI-VII,” Jon Fosse, translated from Norwegian by Damion Searls

“Seasons of Purgatory,” Shahriar Mandanipour, translated from Persian by Sara Khalili

“Kibogo,” Scholastique Mukasonga, translated from French by Mark Polizzotti

“Jawbone,” Mónica Ojeda, translated from Spanish by Sarah Booker

“The Employees,” Olga Ravn, translated from Danish by Martin Aitken

“Seven Empty Houses,” Samanta Schweblin, translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell

“Where You Come From,” Saša Stanišić, translated from German by Damion Searls

“Scattered All Over the Earth,” Yoko Tawada, translated from Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani

“The Books of Jacob,” Olga Tokarczuk, translated from Polish by Jennifer Croft