ta-nehisi coates and sy montgomery have been ned to the 2015 national book awards nonfiction long list

For some reason, I’m not surprised that Ta-Nehisi Coates made the National Book Awards long list of nominations for Nonfiction.

No offense, Dr. West.

Temporarily setting aside arguments about whether or not Coates’ book Between the World and Me reflects a proper descendancy from Baldwinism, or an adequate rebuttal of neo-liberalism and all artifacts which smack of President Obama, I would say that any current and thoughtful exploration into the race problem which much of America continues to ignore is a timely contribution.

I’ll have more to say about that topic later.

Sy Montgomery, another nominee announced today, made the long list by writing a character profile of sorts about the octopus (!) While I haven’t read Montgomery’s book, I must admit that watching this video of an octopus mugging a shark makes me think I owe you a book report soon.

The complete Nonfiction long list is below. The National Book Foundation will present the short list on Wednesday, October 14, and will feature the announcement of winners during the Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 18 in New York City.

Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

Crown/Penguin Random House

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Spiegel and Grau/Penguin Random House

Martha Hodes, Mourning Lincoln

Yale University Press

Sally Mann, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group

Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness

Atria/Simon and Schuster

Susanna Moore, Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawai’i

Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan

Michael Paterniti, Love and Other Ways of Dying

The Dial Press/Penguin Random House

Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran

Henry Holt and Company/Macmillan

Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light: A Memoir

Alfred A. Knopf

Michael White, Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir

Persea Books

Via The New Yorker.

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