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Who Should Take Home 2015 National Book Awards?

Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies is in contention for the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction. - peoplewhowrite

Lauren Groff’s novel Fates and Furies is in contention for the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction

UPDATE: The winners are Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (Young People’s Literature), Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis (Poetry), Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Non-Fiction), and Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson (Fiction).

The 2015 National Book Award longlists for Young People’s Literature, Poetry, Non-Fiction, and Fiction were announced this morning. Which have you read? Who do you think should / will win?


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs by Gary Paulsen

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magian

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay

Scattered at Sea by Amy Gerstler

A Stranger’s Mirror by Marilyn Hacker (Hacker was longlisted for a 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation)

How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes (recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Grant)

The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield

Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis

Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón

Elegy for a Broken Machine by Patrick Phillips 

Heaven by Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Phillips is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow)

Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts by Lawrence Raab


Rain by Cynthia Barnett

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Mourning Lincoln by Martha Hodes

Hold Still by Sally Mann

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

Paradise of the Pacific by Susanna Moore

Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays by Michael Paterniti

If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power

Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith (Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer for Poetry and the recipient of the 2014 Academy of American Poets Fellowship)

Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir by Michael White 


A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball

Refund: Stories by Karen E. Bender

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (also longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize)

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (also shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s 2015 First Novel Prize)

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson (Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son won the 2013 Pulitzer for Fiction

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson  

Honeydew by Edith Pearlman

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (also shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize)

Mislaid by Nell Zink

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