NEW YORK (AP) – Anthony Doerr, Richard Powers and Lauren Groff are among this year’s nominees for the National Book Awards fictional list, which also includes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ epic debut novel “The Love Songs of WEB Du Bois “, already an Oprah Winfrey Selection and finalist for the Kirkus Prize.
Doerr’s “Cloud Cuckoo Land” is her first novel since her Pulitzer Prize “All the Light We Cannot See” and Powers’ “Bewilderment” is her first book since Pulitzer won “The Overstory”. Groff’s “Matrix” is his third consecutive work to receive a National Book Award nomination, following “Fates and Furies” and the “Florida” collection of stories.
Other works cited Friday by the National Book Foundation are “Abundance” by Jakob Guanzon, “Zorrie” by Laird Hunt, “The Prophets” by Robert Jones, Jr., “Intimacies” by Katie Kitamura, “The Souvenir Museum: Stories” by Elizabeth McCracken and “Hell of a Book” by Jason Mott.
Judges also ignored some notable 2021 dramas, including Colson Whitehead’s “Harlem Shuffle,” Jonathan Franzen’s “Crossroads” and two Booker Prize finalists: “No One Is Talking About This” by Patricia Lockwood and “Great Circle” by Maggie Shipstead.
The foundation released 10 lists this week in five competitive categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translation and children’s literature. The award judges will narrow the lists on October 5 and the winners, who will each receive $ 10,000, will be announced on November 17 at a ceremony in Manhattan. The foundation plans to present the awards in person after hosting a virtual event in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Two honorary National Book Awards have already been announced: playwright Karen Tei Yamashita for her distinguished contribution to American Letters and author-librarian Nancy Pearl for her outstanding service to the American literary community.
The awards, created in 1950 and long presented by the nonprofit Book Foundation, are chosen by juries of five that include authors, critics and other members of the literary community. The judges in each category evaluated hundreds of works before deciding on the long lists.
A full list of nominees is available at https://www.nationalbook.org/awards-prizes/national-book-awards-2021/
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