The National Book Award 2022 Nominees are Here

The National Book Award list includes five different categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature.

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This year’s National Book Award Nominees have been announced and include incredible authors. The five categories each contain five nominees. Authors like Gayl Jones, Scholastique Mukasonga, and Pulitzer winner Sharon Olds are returning finalists. On the other hand, translator Margaret Mitsutani returns as a nominee with Yoko Tawada after winning the National Book Award for translated literature in 2018.

And while we have National Book Award veterans on the roster, three authors in the fiction category are nominated with their debut novels – Sarah Tess Gunty, Sarah Thankam Mathews, and Alejandro Varela. Additionally, all five nominees in the young people’s literature category are nominated for the first time ever.

The winners of this year’s award get $10,000 and will be announced on Nov. 16 in New York City. At the same time, two crucial figures will also receive lifetime achievement awards. The two being honored are Art Spiegelman, author of the historically important Maus, and Tracie D. Hall, the first African American woman to take on the executive director role in the American Library Association.

Take a look at the complete list of 2022 National Book Award finalists below:

Fiction

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Tess Gunty – The Rabbit Hutch

Jamil Jan Kochai – The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories

Gayl Jones – The Birdcatcher

Sarah Thankam Mathews – All This Could Be Different

Alejandro Varela – The Town of Babylon

Nonfiction

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Meghan O’Rourke – The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness

Imani Perry – South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

David Quammen – Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus

Ingrid Rojas Contreras – The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir

Robert Samuels, Toluse Olorunnipa – His Name is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice

Poetry

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Allison Adelle Hedge Coke – Look at This Blue

John Keene – Punks: New & Selected Poems

Sharon Olds – Balladz

Roger Reeves – Best Barbarian

Jenny Xie – The Rupture Tense

Translated Literature

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Jon Fosse, translated by Damion Searls – A New Name: Septology VI-VII

Scholastique Mukasonga, translated by Mark Polizzotti – Kibogo

Mónica Ojeda, translated by Sarah Booker – Jawbone

Samantha Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell – Seven Empty Houses

Yoko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani – Scattered All Over the Earth

Young People’s Literature

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Kelly Barnhill – The Ogress and the Orphans

Sonora Reyes – The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School

Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, Dawud Anyabwile – Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice

Sabaa Tahir – All My Rage

Lisa Yee – Maizy Chen’s Last Chance

Check out the last year’s National Book Award Winners here on Bookstr!

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