National Book Foundation Announces 2015 National Book Award Longlists

By Tim Cheng | September 17 2015 | Humanities & Social SciencesScience, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

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:

Poetry
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.

Nonfiction
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.

Fiction
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.

The Beauty
Poems
978-0-345-80685-7
An incandescent collection from one of American poetry's most distinctive and essential voices 
$17.95 US
Feb 21, 2017
Paperback
128 Pages
Knopf

Voyage of the Sable Venus
and Other Poems
978-1-101-91120-4
Discover this National Book Award-winning debut poetry collection--a meditation on the black female figure through time--in an expanded paperback edition, with a new epilogue by the author.
$19.95 US
Nov 21, 2017
Paperback
176 Pages
Knopf

Elegy for a Broken Machine
Poems
978-0-8041-7294-3
Now in paperback, this stunning collection of elegies--a finalist for the National Book Award--bears witness to the small beauties and inevitable losses of our transient life.
$17.00 US
Sep 05, 2017
Paperback
80 Pages
Knopf

Rain
A Natural and Cultural History
978-0-8041-3711-9
A natural history of rain, told through a lyrical blend of science, cultural history, and human drama
$17.00 US
Apr 05, 2016
Paperback
368 Pages
Broadway Books


Love and Other Ways of Dying
Essays
978-0-385-33703-8
Longlisted for the National Book Award, and now in paperback with a new, unpublished essay and a new introduction. "A fearless, spellbinding collection of inquiries by a brilliant, globally-minded essayist whose writing is magic." --Anthony Doerr
$17.00 US
Jun 28, 2016
Paperback
464 Pages
Dial Press Trade Paperback


A Cure for Suicide
A Novel
978-1-101-87213-0
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 
$16.00 US
Jun 14, 2016
Paperback
272 Pages
Vintage

A Little Life
978-0-8041-7270-7
Winner of the Kirkus Prize
$18.00 US
Jan 26, 2016
Paperback
832 Pages
Anchor

Fortune Smiles
Stories
978-0-8129-8723-2
Winner, National Book Award in Fiction
$17.00 US
Oct 04, 2016
Paperback
336 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks