First presented in 1950, the National Book Awards are a set of annual U.S. literary awards presented by the National Book Foundation, whose mission is “to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.” Congratulations to the Random House authors who have been selected for longlists in the following categories:
Jane Hirshfield, author of The Beauty; Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus; and Patrick Phillips, author of Elegy for a Broken Machine.
Cynthia Barnett, author of Rain: A Natural and Cultural History; Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me; Michael Paterniti, author of Love and Other Ways of Dying; and Tracy K. Smith, author of Ordinary Light: A Memoir.
Jesse Ball, author of A Cure for Suicide; Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life; and Adam Johnson, author of Fortune Smiles.
The National Book Award Finalists will be announced on October 14, and the Winners at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 18 in New York City.