National Book Award 2017 Longlist

Below is the 2017 Longlist for the National Book Award, divided by category. Keep an eye out for our Staff Picks that made the cut!

Some future key dates if you're keeping score at home:
Oct. 4 - Finalists are announced (Shortlist)
Nov. 15 - Winners are announced in each category

The National Book Award

"Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award." (From

Click the titles below to read more about each book.

Fiction Longlist:

Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing 
Daniel Alarcón, The King Is Always Above the People: Stories
Charmaine Craig, Miss Burma 
Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach 
Lisa Ko, The Leavers
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, A Kind of Freedom 
Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing
Carol Zoref, Barren Island 

Nonfiction Longlist:

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (STAFF PICK!)
Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
James Forman, Jr., Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
Masha Gessen, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (STAFF PICK!)
Naomi Klein, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Timothy B. Tyson, The Blood of Emmett Till
Kevin Young, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

Young People's Literature Longlist:

Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of
Robin Benway, Far from the Tree
Samantha Mabry, All the Wind in the World
Mitali Perkins,You Bring the Distant Near
Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down (STAFF PICK!)
Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter 
Laurel Snyder, Orphan Island (STAFF PICK!)
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give (STAFF PICK!)
Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Ibi Zoboi, American Street

Poetry Longlist:

Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 
Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings 
Marie Howe, Magdalene: Poems 
Laura Kasischke, Where Now: New and Selected Poems 
Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS 
Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor 
Sherod Santos, Square Inch Hours 
Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems 
Mai Der Vang, Afterland