Here Are The Longlist Nominees For This Year’s National Book Awards

Petra Mayer | September 15, 2021
Piotr Wytrążek

Updated September 17, 2021 at 10:15 AM ET

The longlists for the National Book Awards are here — 40 titles, representing a broad range of new voices, previous nominees, debuts and book-world veterans.

You can click on the links below to jump to the individual lists, and we’ve included links to some great reviews and interviews with the nominated authors.

Finalists will be announced October 5th, and we’re set to find out the winners November 17th during a live ceremony at a New York City venue — a return to form after last year’s pandemic-induced virtual broadcast. But there will be virtual elements, and for those who can’t make it to New York, the event will still be streaming live.

Fiction
Nonfiction
Poetry
Translated Literature
Young People’s Literature


Fiction

Nonfiction

Poetry

Translated Literature

  • Maryse Condé, Waiting for the Waters to Rise, translated from the French by Richard Philcox
  • Elisa Shua Dusapin, Winter in Sokcho, translated from the French by Aneesa Abbas Higgins
  • Ge Fei, Peach Blossom Paradise, translated from the Chinese by Canaan Morse
  • Nona Fernández, The Twilight Zone, translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer
  • Bo-Young Kim, On the Origin of Species and Other Stories, translated from the Korean by Joungmin Lee Comfort and Sora Kim-Russell
  • Benjamín Labatut, When We Cease to Understand the World, translated from the Spanish by Adrian Nathan West
  • Elvira Navarro, Rabbit Island: Stories, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney
  • Judith Schalansky, An Inventory of Losses, translated from the German by Jackie Smith
  • Maria Stepanova, In Memory of Memory, translated from the Russian by Sasha Dugale
  • Samar Yazbek, Planet of Clay, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price

Young People’s Literature

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