By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Nonfiction Submissions Totaled 638 TitlesIn its second of three days of longlist releases, the United States’ National Book Foundation has today (September 14) released its 2023 10-title list in nonfiction.
Shortlists, called finalists in National Book Awards terminology, in all five categories are to be announced on October 3. Winners are to be named at the 74th National Book Awards ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 15.
The full schedule of this week’s annual volley of categories’ longlists:
- Wednesday (September 13): Young People’s Literature
- Later Wednesday: Translated Literature
- Thursday (September 14): Poetry
- Later Thursday: Nonfiction
- Friday (September 15): Fiction
The 2023 Nonfiction Longlist
Jurors in this year’s Nonfiction category for the National Book Awards are Hanif Abdurraqib, Ada Ferrer (chair), James Fugate, Sarah Schulman, and Sonia Shah.
Publishers submitted a total 638 books for the 2023 prize in nonfiction.
In this list’s mix of memoir, science writing, biography, and investigative work, author Viet Thanh Nguyen is the only writer to have had previous National Book Award attention, having been shortlisted for Nothing Ever Dies in 2016 in the same category. The MacArthur fellow won the Pulitzer for his book The Sympathizer.
This year’s longlisted authors in nonfiction have been previously honored by the Orwell Prize, the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize, the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. Their work has appeared in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, The American Historical Review, The Atlantic, Artforum, Ebony, Essence, GQ, National Geographic, the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
As always, the jury’s decisions are made independently of the National Book Foundation staff and board of directors and deliberations are strictly confidential.
More from Publishing Perspectives on the National Book Awards is here and more on international book awards and prizes is here. More from us on nonfiction is here, and more on the United States’ market is here.