2016 National Book Award Longlists Unveiled

By posted at 9:26 am on September 15, 2016 1

Book award season enters high gear as the National Book Award finalists have been released in a series of four longlists consisting of ten books apiece. Five finalists in each category will be announced on October 13, and winners will be announced in New York City on November 16.

The fiction list seems well balanced but also includes many familiar names. Alongside highly touted books by Colson Whitehead and Garth Greenwell are critical darlings like Lydia Millet and Karan Mahajan. It’s a great time to be a reader.

You read about nearly all of the books on the Fiction longlist here first, of course, as they appeared in our indispensable first-half and second-half previews.

Here’s a list of the finalists in all four categories with bonus links and excerpts where available:







Young People’s Literature:


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One Response to “2016 National Book Award Longlists Unveiled”

  1. Heather Curran
    at 1:45 pm on September 18, 2016

    Such a great and varied list. While I certainly haven’t read all the books, I would love to see Woodson take the prize for fiction and Nguyen for non fiction. My fave American novels this year so far are written by Patricia Engel and Abby Geni, with youth on their side I am hoping to see them recognised in future prizes.

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