National Book Award 2021 longlists: NPR

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Over the next few days, we’ll find out which books made it to this year’s National Book Awards finalists – starting Wednesday morning with Children’s Literature and ending Friday with Fiction.

Check back with us throughout the week as we release each roster to see who is up for grabs and find links to our coverage.

The finalists will be announced on October 5, and we are expected to find out the winners on November 17 at a ceremony live at a New York City venue – a comeback after the virtual broadcast induced by last year’s pandemic. But there will be virtual elements, and for those who cannot make it to New York, the event will still be broadcast live.

non-fictional works
Translated literature
Youth literature

Youth literature

  • Safia Elhillo, Home is not a country
  • Shing Yin Khor, The Legend of Aunt Po
  • Darcie Little Badger, A snake falls to earth
  • Malinda Lo, Last night at the Telegraph Club
  • Kyle Lukoff, Too bright to see
  • Kekla Magoon, Revolution in our time: the Black Panther Party’s promise to the people
  • Amber McBride, Me (Butterfly)
  • Anna-Marie McLemore, The season of mirrors
  • Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrations of Floyd cooper, Unnamable: The Tulsa Race Massacre
  • Paula yoo, From whisper to rallying cry: the murder of Vincent Chin and the trial that galvanized the African-American movement

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