Celebrating the National Book Awards 2017 Longlist!


It’s that time again! Last week, the National Book Awards released their longlist of 2017 honorees, which includes many amazing writers in all categories. Finalists will be announced on October 4 and the winners will be announced on November 14. Also stay tuned for Lifetime Achievement announcements later this week, on Wednesday for the Literarian award, and on Thursday for the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters award. 5Under35 honorees will be announced on September 25.

While we are excited for all the honorees, we are especially pleased to have celebrated the work of many of these writers on our site. Below is a complete list of honorees who have appeared on The Rumpus with links to relevant interviews, reviews, writing, and excerpts of their work.


Young Adult Fiction:

Erika L. Sanchez: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give
Elana K. Arnold: What Girls Are Made Of
Robin Benway: Far from the Tree
Samantha Mabry: All the Wind in the World
Mitali Perkins: You Bring the Distant Near
Jason Reynolds: Long Way Down
Laurel Snyder: Orphan Island
Rita Williams-Garcia: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Ibi Zoboi: American Street


Chen ChenWhen I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
Marie HoweMagdalene
Layli Long SoldierWhereas
Shane McCraeIn the Language of My Captor
Danez SmithDon’t Call Us Dead
Mai Der VangAfterland
Frank Bidart: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016
Leslie Harrison: The Book of Endings
Laura Kasischke: Where Now: New and Selected Poems
Sherod Santos: Square Inch Hours


David GrannKillers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI 
Erica Armstrong Dunbar: Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Frances FitzGerald: The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
James Forman Jr.: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
Masha Gessen: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
Naomi Klein: No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
Richard Rothstein: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Kevin Young: Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News


Elliot AckermanDark at the Crossing
Daniel AlarcónThe King Is Always Above the People: Stories
Jennifer EganManhattan Beach
Lisa KoThe Leavers
Carmen Maria MachadoHer Body and Other Parties: Stories
(And keep an eye out for our Book Club chat with Carmen about Her Body and Other Parties, up on the site in October!)
Jesmyn WardSing, Unburied, Sing
Charmaine Craig: Miss Burma
Min Jin Lee: Pachinko 
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton: A Kind of Freedom
Carol Zoref: Barren Island