The National Book Foundation has announced its longlists for the 2017 National Book Awards. The five finalists in each category will be named on October 4, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on November 15.

The three longlists for the adult awards are as follows:


Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen (BOA Editions)

The Book of Endings by Leslie Harrison (University of Akron Press)

Magdalene: Poems by Marie Howe (W. W. Norton & Company)

Where Now: New and Selected Poems by Laura Kasischke (Copper Canyon)

WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier (Graywolf)

In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae (Wesleyan University Press)

Square Inch Hours by Sherod Santos (W. W. Norton & Company)

Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith (Graywolf)

Afterland by Mai Der Vang (Graywolf)


Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Atria/37 INK)

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald (Simon & Schuster)

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen (Riverhead)

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Doubleday)

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein (Haymarket)

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean (Viking)

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein (Liveright)

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson (Simon & Schuster)

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young (Graywolf)


Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf)

The King Is Always Above the People: Stories by Daniel Alarcón (Riverhead)

Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig (Grove)

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner)

The Leavers by Lisa Ko (Algonquin)

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central)

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf)

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (Counterpoint)

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

Barren Island by Carol Zoref (New Issues Poetry & Prose)

To see the 2017 National Book Award longlist for Young People’s Literature, click here.

Publishers submitted a total of 245 books for the 2017 National Book Award for Poetry. The judges for poetry are Nick Flynn, Jane Mead, Gregory Pardlo, Richard Siken, and chair Monica Youn.

A total of 553 books were submitted for the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction. The judges for nonfiction are Steve Bercu, Jeff Chang, Ruth Franklin, chair Paula J. Giddings, and Valeria Luiselli.

For the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, publishers submitted a total of 394 books. The judges for fiction are Alexander Chee, Dave Eggers, Annie Philbrick, Karolina Waclawiak, and chair Jacqueline Woodson.