20 October, 2021

National Book Awards 2016 Longlists Announced


The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.  To that end, in 1950 they established the National Book Awards, bringing together the American literary community to honor the year’s best work in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and most recently, young people’s literature.

Here are this year’s longlists of notable works nominated for a National Book Award.


  • The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder
  • What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  • The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
  • The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
  • Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet
  • Miss Jane by Brad Watson
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

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  • America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History by Andrew J. Bacevich
  • The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott
  • Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen
  • Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
  • The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez
  • The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha
  • Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson



  • The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky
  • Collected Poems 1974 – 2004 by Rita Dove
  • Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi
  • The Selected Poems of Donald Hall by Donald Hall
  • The Abridged History of Rainfall by Jay Hopler
  • Bestiary by Donika Kelly
  • World of Made and Unmade by Jane Mead
  • Look by Solmaz Sharif
  • Blackacre by Monica Youn
  • Blue Laws by Kevin Young

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  • Booked by Kwame Alexander
  • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
  • March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (artist)
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen (illustrator)
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


The finalists for the National Book Awards will be announced on October 13 with the winners unveiled on November 16.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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