Long List of Nominees for the 2022 National Book Awards

Long List of Nominees for the 2022 National Book Awards

It’s a good year to be a newcomer, at least if you’re dreaming of a National Book Award. Eight of the 10 nominees on the long list of fiction for the annual awards, announced Friday by the National Book Foundation, are the first authors of fiction. Their novels include the making of an artist from a struggling immigrant family from Florida, an epic of ecstatic visions of a failed industrial town in the Midwest, the return of a conflicted Latin professor to the outskirts of Long Island, and women attempting to do so in male-dominated Alaska.

Among the first to be nominated were “If I Survive You” by Jonathan Escofri, “Maria, Maria & Other Stories” by Maritza K. Rubio, “The Town of Babylon” by Alejandro Varela, and “The Rabbit Hutch” by Tess Gunty. Jamil Jan Kochai made a nod to his second book, the collection of stories “The Haunting of Hajji Hotak,” and Gayle Jones, a 1998 novel finalist, was included in the longlist for her new novel “The Birdcatcher.”

Forty other authors were listed earlier this week in the categories of poetry, stories, translated literature, and youth literature.

Newcomers to the award dominate the non-fiction book category as well. Among those longlisted is UCLA professor Kelly Little Hernandez, for “Bad Mexicans,” a thrilling description of how the 1910 Mexican Revolution was planned by rebels living in South and West America. The Foundation also acknowledged memoirs or essays that deal with broad topics, such as chronic illness (“The Invisible Kingdom” by Megan O’Rourke), South American shamanism (“The Man Who Can Move the Clouds,” by Ingrid Rojas Contreras), the concept of loss (“Losts” by Catherine). Schulz) and the racial legacy of the South (“South to America” ​​by Imani Berry).

Sharon Olds, Quincy Troup, Shelley Wong, and Jenny Zhe were among those shortlisted for poetry. Among the nominees for youth literature are Saba Taher, Sherry Winston, and Tracy Che. The Foundation has recognized translated literature from Samanta Schweblin, Scholastique Mukasonga, and 2018 Nobel Prize Laureate Olga Tokarczuk, among others.

The finalists in all categories will be revealed on October 4, and the winners will be honored November 16 in New York City at the 73rd National Book Awards.

See the full list below.


When We Were Sisters Fatima Asghar

“Shutter” Ramona Emerson

“If I escaped you,” Jonathan Escofri

“The Rabbit Hutch” Tess Jonty

“Birdcatcher” Gale Jones

The Hunt for Haji Hotak and Other Stories by Jamil Jan Kuchai

“All of this could be different,” Sarah Thankam Matthews

“No one gets out alive,” Lee Newman

“Maria, Maria and Other Stories” Maritza K. Rubio

“Babylon Town” Alejandro Varela


“Intolerably Bright Reality: Essays”, Anna Bakhen

“Ted Kennedy: Life”, John A. Farrell

“Uncommon Scale: A Journey Through Music, Performance, and Time Science,” Natalie Hodges

Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in Frontier Regions, Kelly Little Hernandez

“The Hidden Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Disease” Megan O’Rourke

“South to America: A Journey below the Mason-Dixon to Understanding the Soul of a Nation,” Imani Berry

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

“The Man Who Can 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 Toulouse Oloronepa

“Lost: A Memoir,” Kathryn Schulze


“Golden Axe” Rio Cortez

Alison Adele Hedge Coca “Look At This Blue”

“Still Life”, Jay Hubler

“Villains: New and Selected Poems”, John Keane

Ballads, Sharon Olds

“Best Burberry” Roger Reeves

“Mummy Eaters”, Sherry Shenouda

“Dwendi,” Quincy Troup

As Shelley Wong appears

“Time Rip”, Jenny Xie

youth literature

“Ghouls and Orphans” by Kelly Barnhill

“The Life and Crimes of Hody Rosen” Isaac Bloom

“A Thousand Steps in the Night”, Tracy Chi

“Swimming Team” Johnny Christmas

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

“Lisbyana’s Guide to the Catholic School,” Sonora Reyes

“Beat. Whoa!: Raising My Fist for Justice,” Tommy Smith, Derek Barnes, David Annepoel

All my anger, good morning

“Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution”, Sherry Winston

“Mizy Chen’s Last Chance,” Lisa Ye

translated literature

“The Little Death of Ibn Arabi”, Muhammad Hassan Alwan, translated by William Hutchins from Arabic

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

“Seasons of Purgatory,” Shahryar Mandnipur, translated from Persian by Sarah Khalili

Kibogo, Scholastique Mukasonga, translated from French by Marc Polizzotti

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

“The Staff”, Olga Raven, translated by Martin Aitken from Danish

“Seven Empty Houses”, Samantha Schubelin, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell

“Where Do You Come From”, Sasha Stanicic, translated from German by Damion Searles

“Scatter all over the land,” Yoko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani from Japanese

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

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