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    Read excerpts from the 2022 National Book Award finalists.

    Corinne Segal

    October 4, 2022, 2:01pm

    At Lit Hub, we’ve been lucky enough to publish some excellent writing from some of the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards, the full list of which the National Book Foundation released today.

    Below, you’ll find links to read writing from the finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Translated Literature, mostly published at Lit Hub. You can read the full list of finalists, which includes those in Young People’s Literature, here.



    Tess Gunty, The Rabbit Hutch
    Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House
    Read an excerpt from The Rabbit Hutch here.

    Gayl Jones, The Birdcatcher
    Beacon Press
    Read an excerpt from The Birdcatcher here.

    Jamil Jan Kochai, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
    Viking Books / Penguin Random House
    Listen to Jamil Jan Kochai in conversation with Mitzi Rapkin here.

    Sarah Thankam Mathews, All This Could Be Different
    Viking Books / Penguin Random House
    Listen to Sarah Thankam Mathews read her story “Rubberdust” here.

    Alejandro Varela, The Town of Babylon
    Astra House / Astra Publishing House
    Read an excerpt from The Town of Babylon here.

    See the full longlist here.



    Meghan O’Rourke, The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
    Read an excerpt from The Invisible Kingdom here.

    Imani Perry, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation
    Ecco / HarperCollins Publishers
    Read an interview with Imani Perry here.

    David Quammen, Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus
    Simon & Schuster
    Read an excerpt from Breathless here.

    Ingrid Rojas Contreras, The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir
    Doubleday / Penguin Random House
    Listen to Ingrid Rojas Contreras in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith here.

    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
    Read reviews for His Name Is George Floyd here.

    See the full longlist here.



    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Look at This Blue
    Coffee House Press
    Listen to Allison Adelle Hedge Coke read one of her poems here.

    John Keene, Punks: New & Selected Poems
    The Song Cave
    Read a poem from Punks here.

    Sharon Olds, Balladz
    Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House
    Read a poem by Sharon Olds here.

    Roger Reeves, Best Barbarian
    W. W. Norton & Company
    Read a poem from Best Barbarian here.

    Jenny Xie, The Rupture Tense
    Graywolf Press
    Read a poem from The Rupture Tense here.

    See the full longlist here.



    Jon Fosse, A New Name: Septology VI-VII
    Translated from the Norwegian by Damion Searls
    Transit Books
    Read Karl Ove Knausgaard on the writing of Jon Fosse here.

    Scholastique Mukasonga, Kibogo
    Translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti
    Archipelago Books
    Read an excerpt from Kibogo here.

    Mónica Ojeda, Jawbone
    Translated from the Spanish by Sarah Booker
    Coffee House Press
    Read an interview with Mónica Ojeda and Sarah Booker here.

    Samanta Schweblin, Seven Empty Houses
    Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
    Read a Q&A with Samanta Schweblin here.

    Yoko Tawada, Scattered All Over the Earth
    Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani
    New Directions Publishing
    Read an excerpt from Scattered All Over the Earth here.

    See the full longlist here.


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