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Here’s the longlist for this year’s National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Rasheeda Saka

September 17, 2020, 3:15pm

Today, the National Book Foundation announced the longlist for the 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction. The National Book Awards, created in 1950, is the most prestigious literary prize in the United States, rewarding quality and cogent writing. This year’s longlist features a mix of debut works and veteran writers who address sociopolitical issues, history, science writing, and more.

The finalists will be revealed on October 6th, and the winners will be announced live at the virtual National Book Awards Ceremony on November 18th.


2020 Longlist for the National Book Awards for Nonfiction

Michelle Bowdler, Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The Undocumented Americans

Jill Lepore, If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future

Les Payne and Tamara Payne, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

Claudio Saunt, Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

Jenn Shapland, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers

Jonathan C. Slaght, Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl

Jerald Walker, How to Make a Slave and Other Essays

Frank B. Wilderson III, Afropessimism

Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

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