Seven of 10 books on National Book Award fiction longlist are by women

The National Book Foundation has announced the longlist for the 2019 Fiction award, and seven of the 10 books are by women. The other three books are the latest novels by Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, and Ocean Vuong.

The seven women nominated are, in alphabetical order:

Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Fleishman Is in Trouble (Random House)
Susan Choi, Trust Exercise (Henry Holt)
Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Sabrina & Corina: Stories (One World)
Laila Lalami, The Other Americans (Pantheon)
Kimberly King Parsons, Black Light: Stories (Vintage)
Helen Phillips, The Need (Simon & Schuster)
Julia Phillips, Disappearing Earth (Knopf)

The shortlist of five finalists will be announced on October 8, with the winner to be announced at an awards ceremony and benefit dinner on November 20. The judges for Fiction are Dorothy Allison, Ruth Dickey, Javier Ramirez, Danzy Senna (Chair), and Jeff VanderMeer.


A similar result occurred with the finalists for the Kirkus Book Prize for Fiction, announced on September 17: Four of the six are women. The winner, to be announced on October 24, will receive $50,000.

Carolina De Robertis, Cantoras (Knopf)

Laila Lalami, The Other Americans (Pantheon)

Valeria Luiselli, Lost Children Archive (Knopf)

Yuko Tsushima, Territory of Light (FSG)

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press)

Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys (Doubleday)

The judges for the 2019 Kirkus Prize in Fiction are bestselling author Min Jin Lee; editor, writer, and critic David L. Ulin; and Michelle Malonzo, buyer and bookseller at Changing Hands Bookstore in Arizona.


One comment

  1. Hi Bill,

    First, thank you for that sweet post mentioning Angie Kim’s *Miracle Creek*, Roxana Robinson’s *Dawson’s Fall*, and my *The Peacock Feast*! I was so tickled that you’d chosen three of the books edited by Sarah Crichton, especially since we’re all devastated that her imprint was shuttered…

    And congratulations on the changes in your life: Book Madness, travel plans…

    Could I ask a GINORMOUS favor? Angie Kim shared with me an article she came across about how authors can prime the pump for a BookBub promotion by posting on social media in advance….

    I’m not on Twitter or Instagram or Anything-a-gram….Please feel free to decline for any reason…but if you’re comfortable doing so, could you help me prime the pump for this Tuesday’s BookBub promotion for the Kindle edition of *The Peacock Feast *by posting in the next day or two one of the images that FSG created (pasted below) with a link

    THE PEACOCK FEAST, Kindle Edition

    to the $2.99 Kindle discount –already ongoing?

    Apparently, if I can drive down the Amazon numbers in advance, that will help drive up the BookBub response! And if I can drive that up, I can hopefully be in a stronger position for selling the next book!

    All the best, Lisa [image: Open cover with text.png] [image: Front cover with text.png]


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