Creative Writing at The New School

Today we are excited to announce the titles on the 2020 National Book Awards Longlist! Finalists to be announced October 6th.

For Fiction:

Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind”
Ecco / Harper Collins

Christopher Beha, "The Index of Self-Destructive Acts"
Tinhouse Books

Brit Bennett, "The Vanishing Half"
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Randall Kenan, "If I Had Two Wings"
W. W. Norton & Company

Megha Majumdar, "A Burning"
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

Lydia Millet, "A Children’s Bible"
W. W. Norton & Company

Deesha Philyaw, "The Secret Life of Church Ladies"
West Virginia University Press

Douglas Stuart, "Shuggie Bain"
Grove Press / Grove Atlantic

Vanessa Veselka, "The Great Offshore Grounds"
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

Charles Yu, "Interior Chinatown"
Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House

For Nonfiction:

Michelle Bowdler, "Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto"
Flatiron Books / Macmillan Publishers

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, "The Undocumented Americans"
One World / Penguin Random House

Jill Lepore, "If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future"
Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company

Les Payne and Tamara Payne, "The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X"
Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company

Claudio Saunt, "Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory"
W. W. Norton & Company

Jenn Shapland, "My Autobiography of Carson McCullers"
Tin House Books

Jonathan C. Slaght, "Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl"
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

Jerald Walker, "How to Make a Slave and Other Essays"
Mad Creek Books / The Ohio State University Press

Frank B. Wilderson III, "Afropessimism"
Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company

Isabel Wilkerson, "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents"
Random House / Penguin Random House

For Poetry:

Rick Barot, "The Galleons"
Milkweed Editions

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, "A Treatise on Stars"
New Directions

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, "Travesty Generator"
Noemi Press

Tommye Blount, "Fantasia for the Man in Blue"
Four Way Books

Victoria Chang, "Obit"
Copper Canyon Press

Anthony Cody, "Borderland Apocrypha"
Omnidawn Publishing

Eduardo C. Corral , "Guillotine"
Graywolf Press

Natalie Diaz, "Postcolonial Love Poem"
Graywolf Press

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, "The Age of Phillis"
Wesleyan University Press

Don Mee Choi , "DMZ Colony"
Wave Books

For Translated Literature:

Shokoofeh Azar, "The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree"
Europa Editions

Rachel Willson-Broyles, "The Helios Disaster"
World Editions

Jonas Hassen Khemiri, "The Family Clause"
Translated by Alice Menzies
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

Anja Kampmann, "High as the Waters Rise"
Translated by Anne Posten
Catapult

Fernanda Melchor, "Hurricane Season"
Translated by Sophie Hughes
New Directions

Yu Miri, "Tokyo Ueno Station"
Translated by Morgan Giles
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Perumal Murugan, "The Story of a Goat"
Translated by N. Kalyan Raman
Black Cat / Grove Atlantic

Cho Nam-Joo, "Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982"
Translated by Jamie Chang
Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company

Pilar Quintana, "The Bitch"
Translated by Lisa Dillman
World Editions

Adania Shibli, "Minor Detail"
Translated by Elisabeth Jaquette
New Directions

For Young People's Literature:

Kacen Callender, "King and the Dragonflies"
Scholastic Press / Scholastic Inc.

Traci Chee, "We Are Not Free"
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Evette Dionne, "Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box"
Viking Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

Eric Gansworth, "Apple (Skin to the Core)"
Levine Querido

Candice Iloh, "Every Body Looking"
Dutton Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, "When Stars Are Scattered"
Dial Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House 

Marcella Pixley, "Trowbridge Road"
Candlewick Press

John Rocco, "How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure"
Crown Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

Gavriel Savit, "The Way Back"
Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

Aiden Thomas, "Cemetery Boys"
Swoon Reads / Macmillan Publishers

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