Longlisted National Book Awards 2022

Awards season is officially upon us – for the stars of the page as well as the stage and screen. every november, National Book Awards It celebrates the best and brightest in contemporary literature across five categories: fiction, realism, poetry, youth literature, and translated literature. And now, after months of waiting, we finally know who made it long list. This year, publishers submitted 1,772 books across those five categories, all of which were narrowed down to 50 long-list-worthy. The 2022 nominees run a wide range of emerging and established authors, with some of the year’s most sought-after titles receiving top honors, and some of the year’s underrated gems finally receiving the spotlight they deserve.

The finalists will be announced on October 4, and we’ll know who the winners are on November 16, when the National Book Foundation hosts its regular star-studded party in downtown Manhattan. For now, the jury will decide who wins in the five main categories, but we do know one thing for sure: the Outstanding Contribution to the American Letters Prize (the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Book Awards) will be awarded to Art Spiegelman, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel. moss, which tells of his parents’ survival as Polish Jews during the Holocaust. earlier this year, moss throat to the top of the bestseller list after it was banned in a Tennessee prep school. Spiegelman’s work has often been targeted by book ban campaigns, and his advocacy as a “First Amendment fundamentalist” has shaped school libraries across the country. Banning books never works. He said in February. “It ignites interest in reading taboos.”

With the ban on American books to rise To its highest in two decades, censorship is no doubt going to be the topic of everyone’s lips in November. Stay tuned – we’ll be covering the finalists in October and reporting on the party in November.


Fatima Asghar When we were sisters

Ramona Emerson, shutter

Jonathan Escofri , if you survive

Tess Jonty rabbit cage

Gail Jones, bird catcher

Beautiful Jan Kochai The Hunt for Haji Hotak and Other Stories

Sarah Thankam Matthews, All this could be different

Lee Newman, Nobody gets out alive

Maritza K. Rubio, Maria, Maria and other stories

Alejandro Varela, Babylon town


Anna smoke Unbearable Bright Reality: Essays

John A Farrell, Ted Kennedy: Life

Natalie Hodges, Uncommon Scale: A Journey Through Music, Performance, and Time Science

Kelly Little Hernandez, Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Frontier Regions

Megan O’Rourke, The Hidden Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Diseases

Imani Berry South to America: A Journey Under the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of the Nation

David Komen, Breathless: The scientific race to defeat a deadly virus

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, The Man Who Can Move the Clouds: A Memoir

Robert Samuels and Toulouse Oloronepa, His Name is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racism justice

Catherine Schulze, The Lost: A Memoir


Rio Cortez, golden ax

Alison Adele Hedge Cooke, Look at this blue

Jay Hubler Survive

John King Wicked: New and Selected Poems

Sharon Olds Ballads

Roger Reeves, Best burberry

Sherry Shenouda mummy eater

Quincy Band Dwindi

Shelley Wong as show

Jenny Shih rupture time

Young people’s literature

Kelly Barnhill, ghouls and orphans

Isaac Bloom The life and crimes of Hody Rosen

Tracy Chee A thousand steps in the night

johnny christmas swimming team

Anna Marie McLemore, Self-made Boys: The Great Gatsby Remix

Sonora Reyes Lesbiana Guide to Catholic School

Tommy Smith, Derek Barnes and David Anyapoel, win over. Whoa!: Raise My Fist for Justice

Sheba Taher, All my anger

Sherry Winston, Lotus Bloom and the Afro-Revolution

Lisa Yee, Mizy Chen’s last chance

translated literature

Mohamed Hassan Alwan The death of Ibn Arabi (Translated from the Arabic by William Hutchins)

John Foss, New name: Sixth and Seventh Physiologies (Translated from Norwegian Damion Searles)

Shahryar Mandanipur, purgatory seasons (Translated from Persian by Sarah Khalili)

Scholastique Mukasonga, Kibogo (Translated from the French by Marc Polizotti)

Monica Ojeda, jaw bone (Translated from the Spanish by Sarah Bowker)

Olga Raven, Staff (Translated from the Danish Martin Aitken)

Samantha Schubelin, Seven empty houses (Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell)

Sasha Stanicic, Where did you come from? (Translated from German by Damion Searles)

Yoko Tawada scattered all over the earth (Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani)

Olga Tokarczuk, Jacob’s books (Translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft)

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