The National Book Awards longlist for fiction: 8 women and 2 men

Jesmyn Ward, who won the National Book Award in 2011 for her novel "Salvage the Bones," is one of 10 longlisted authors this year for her latest, "Sing, Unburied, Sing."
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The 10 finalists for the National Book Award in fiction have been announced: Eight of the 10 are female authors. It’s the first time since the National Book Foundation started using longlists in 2013 that women have appeared in such a majority.

Among the longlisted fiction authors are previous National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan and writer Charmaine Craig, who lives in Los Angeles.

The complete list is below.

“Dark at the Crossing” by Elliot Ackerman Knopf / Penguin Random House

“The King Is Always Above the People: Stories” by Daniel Alarcón Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

“Miss Burma” by Charmaine Craig Grove Press / Grove Atlantic

“Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan Scribner / Simon & Schuster

“The Leavers” by Lisa Ko Algonquin Books / Workman Publishing

“Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group

“Her Body and Other Parties: Stories” by Carmen Maria Machado Graywolf Press

“A Kind of Freedom” by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Counterpoint Press

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward Scribner / Simon & Schuster

“Barren Island” by Carol Zoref New Issues Poetry & Prose

The announcement concludes a series of daily announcements of the prize’s longlists. Previously announced were the longlists for nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature.

Finalists for all categories will be announced Oct. 4; the gala celebrating the winners takes place Nov. 15 in New York.



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