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