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    Here are the 2022 National Book Award finalists.

    Emily Temple

    October 4, 2022, 10:15am

    Today, the National Book Foundation announced their finalists for the 2022 National Book Awards in five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.

    Five winners will be selected from the twenty-five finalists and announced on Wednesday, November 16th at the 73rd National Book Awards Ceremony, which will be held in person once more in New York City. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and a bronze medal; each winner will receive $10,000 and a bronze medal and statue. (In the Translated Literature category, the prizes will be split between author and translator.)

    Here are the finalists:


    Tess Gunty, The Rabbit Hutch
    Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

    Gayl Jones, The Birdcatcher
    Beacon Press

    Jamil Jan Kochai, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
    Viking Books / Penguin Random House

    Sarah Thankam Mathews, All This Could Be Different
    Viking Books / Penguin Random House

    Alejandro Varela, The Town of Babylon
    Astra House / Astra Publishing House

    See the full longlist here.



    Meghan O’Rourke, The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

    Imani Perry, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation
    Ecco / HarperCollins Publishers

    David Quammen, Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus
    Simon & Schuster

    Ingrid Rojas Contreras, The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir
    Doubleday / Penguin Random House

    Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice
    Viking Books / Penguin Random House

    See the full longlist here.



    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Look at This Blue
    Coffee House Press

    John Keene, Punks: New & Selected Poems
    The Song Cave

    Sharon Olds, Balladz
    Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

    Roger Reeves, Best Barbarian
    W. W. Norton & Company

    Jenny Xie, The Rupture Tense
    Graywolf Press

    See the full longlist here.



    Jon Fosse, A New Name: Septology VI-VII
    Translated from the Norwegian by Damion Searls
    Transit Books

    Scholastique Mukasonga, Kibogo
    Translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti
    Archipelago Books

    Mónica Ojeda, Jawbone
    Translated from the Spanish by Sarah Booker
    Coffee House Press

    Samanta Schweblin, Seven Empty Houses
    Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

    Yoko Tawada, Scattered All Over the Earth
    Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani
    New Directions Publishing

    See the full longlist here.



    Kelly Barnhill, The Ogress and the Orphans
    Algonquin Young Readers / Workman Publishing

    Sonora Reyes, The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School
    Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers

    Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud Anyabwile, Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice
    Norton Young Readers / W. W. Norton & Company

    Sabaa Tahir, All My Rage
    Razorbill / Penguin Random House

    Lisa Yee, Maizy Chen’s Last Chance
    Random House Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

    See the full longlist here.

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