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Should the National Book Award rethink its longlist?
Should the National Book Award rethink its longlist?

I'm not a fan of the National Book Award longlist. Created in 2013 as a way to provoke more buzz around the awards and literature in general, it seems to me, in its second year, to be having the opposite effect. Back in September, when the four longlists were rolled out — 10 books each in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature — there was much discussion of the chosen titles and their merits (or lack thereof), particularly the shocking paucity of women writers on the nonfiction list. Wednesday morning, however, when the finalists were revealed, it felt more than a little anticlimactic, as if the discussion were already done. ...

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