MALCOLM X NOVEL ANNOUNCED IN 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS LONG LIST

x a novel by ilyasah shabazz and kekla magoon

From maligned, “un-American” Black leader to National Book Award recognition …

I always look forward to reading the lists of finalists for the National Book Awards, but my eyebrows arched a bit higher this morning when I saw the subject areas covered by the authors in the Awards’ long list for Young People’s Literature: a Malcolm X novel, co-written by one of the daughters of the slain Black leader; a fantasy comic; the true, pre-Edward Snowden story of Daniel Ellsberg‘s expose of the Vietnam War, written by an author who was nominated for a National Book award last year; the triumph of art over war during the Siege of Leningrad.

It looks like young people are tackling topics that grown-ups typically avoid (laughing). A subset  of these authors will be present for the National Book Foundation’s Teen Press Conference on Tuesday, November 17, at the 92nd Street Y, in New York City. I wonder if Snowden’s name will come up …

Two other important dates to remember are Wednesday, October 14, when a shorter list of finalists will be announced for each category; Wednesday, November 18, when one winner from each category will be announced during the National Book Awards Benefit Dinner.

The New Yorker published the list of Young People’s Literature finalists, which I included below. The Poetry long list will be announced tomorrow.

Becky Albertalli, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”

Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children’s Books

T. Anderson, “Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad”

Candlewick Press

Ali Benjamin, “The Thing About Jellyfish”

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group

Rae Carson, “Walk on Earth a Stranger”

Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books

Gary Paulsen, “This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs”

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Laura Ruby, “Bone Gap”

Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children’s Books

Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon, “X: A Novel”

Candlewick Press

Steve Sheinkin, “Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War”

Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Neal Shusterman, “Challenger Deep”

HarperTeen/HarperCollins Children’s Books

Noelle Stevenson, “Nimona”

HarperTeen/HarperCollins Children’s Books

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One Response to MALCOLM X NOVEL ANNOUNCED IN 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS LONG LIST

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