Here Is the Longlist for the 2015 National Book Award

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The longlist for the 2015 National Book Award in fiction was published on Thursday, completing this week’s round of announcements that also revealed selections in non-fiction, poetry and literature for young readers.

The fiction list includes three story collections (Refund, Fortune Smiles, Honeydew) and two debut novels (The Turner House, Did You Ever Have a Family). Hanya Yanagihara continued her good week with a nod for A Little Life, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday. Another highly buzzed-about book, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ influential Between the World and Me, was longlisted in the non-fiction category.

Here’s the complete longlist in all four categories:


  • Jesse Ball, A Cure for Suicide
  • Karen E. Bender, Refund
  • Bill Clegg, Did You Ever Have a Family
  • Angela Flournoy, The Turner House
  • Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies
  • Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles
  • T. Geronimo Johnson, Welcome to Braggsville
  • Edith Pearlman, Honeydew
  • Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
  • Nell Zink, Mislaid
  • Non-fiction:

  • Cynthia Barnett, Rain
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
  • Martha Hodes, Mourning Lincoln
  • Sally Mann, Hold Still
  • Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus
  • Susanna Moore, Paradise of the Pacific
  • Michael Paterniti, Love and Other Ways of Dying
  • Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink
  • Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light
  • Michael White, Travels in Vermeer
  • Poetry:

  • Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
  • Amy Gerstler, Scattered at Sea
  • Marilyn Hacker, A Stranger’s Mirror
  • Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn
  • Jane Hirshfield, The Beauty
  • Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus
  • Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things
  • Patrick Phillips, Elegy for a Broken Machine
  • Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Heaven
  • Lawrence Raab, Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts
  • Young people’s literature:

  • Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • M.T. Anderson, Symphony for the City of the Dead
  • Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish
  • Rae Carson, Walk on Earth a Stranger
  • Gary Paulsen, This Side of Wild
  • Laura Ruby, Bone Gap
  • Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon, X: A Novel
  • Steve Sheinkin, Most Dangerous
  • Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep
  • Noelle Stevenson, Nimona
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