Doerr, Powers on long list of fiction for National Book Awards | Arts


This photo combination shows eight of the ten nominees on the National Book Awards drama list, top row from left, Anthony Doerr’s “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” Lauren Groff’s “Matrix,” Laird’s “Zorrie” Hunt, Robert Jones, Jr. ‘ s “The Prophets”, bottom row from left, “Intimacies” by Katie Kitamura, “The Souvenir Museum” by Elizabeth McCracken, “Hell of a Book” by Jason Mott and “Bewilderment” by Richard Powers.

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By HILLEL ITALY national writer AP

NEW YORK (AP)—Anthony Doerr, Richard Powers and Lauren Groff are among this year’s nominees on the National Book Awards long list of fiction, which also includes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ epic debut novel “The Love Songs of WEB Du Bois”, already selected and finalist by Oprah Winfrey 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 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 Jason “Hell of a Book” by 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, each receiving $ 10,000, will be announced on November 17 in Manhattan. The foundation plans to present the awards in person after hosting a virtual event in 2020.

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