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2021 National Book Award Longlists : NPR


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Over the next few days, we’ll be finding out which books made the longlists for this year’s National Book Awards — beginning Wednesday morning with Young People’s Literature and finishing up Friday with Fiction.

Check back with us throughout the week as we post each list to see who’s in the running and find links to our coverage.

Finalists will be announced October 5th, and we’re set to find out the winners November 17th during a live ceremony at a New York City venue — a return to form after last year’s pandemic-induced virtual broadcast. But there will be virtual elements, and for those who can’t make it to New York, the event will still be streaming live.

Fiction
Nonfiction
Poetry
Translated Literature
Young People’s Literature

Translated Literature

  • Maryse Condé, Waiting for the Waters to Rise, translated from the French by Richard Philcox
  • Elisa Shua Dusapin, Winter in Sokcho, translated from the French by Aneesa Abbas Higgins
  • Ge Fei, Peach Blossom Paradise, translated from the Chinese by Canaan Morse
  • Nona Fernández, The Twilight Zone, translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer
  • Bo-Young Kim, On the Origin of Species and Other Stories, translated from the Korean by Joungmin Lee Comfort and Sora Kim-Russell
  • Benjamín Labatut, When We Cease to Understand the World, translated from the Spanish by Adrian Nathan West
  • Elvira Navarro, Rabbit Island: Stories, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney
  • Judith Schalansky, An Inventory of Losses,translated from the German by Jackie Smith

Young People’s Literature



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