2015 National Book Award Long List Announced


Jesse Ball, A Cure for Suicide 
(Pantheon / Penguin) 

:: Short story collection
:: I couldn't find any listings over at Abebooks.com

Karen E. Bender, Refund 
(Soft Skull / Counterpoint) 

:: Short story collection
:: No Abebooks.com listings for this title
Bill Clegg, Did You Ever Have a Family 
(Scout Press / Simon & Schuster) 

:: Debut novel
:: Long listed for Man Booker
:: Starred reviews from Publishers WeeklyKirkusBooklist and Library Journal
:: Clegg is on a book tour, so it shouldn't be too hard to get a signed copy.
Angela Flournoy, The Turner House 
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 

:: Debut novel
:: A New York Times Editors' Choice
:: Short-listed for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
:: May 2015 Indie Next Title
:: Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist

Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies 
(Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)

:: Author of The Monsters of Templeton (Hyperion, 2008)
:: Signed copies listing up to $70 
Groff did a signing for the publisher, so some signed editions will display her signature on a tipped-in page. She's also done a book tour (in which she signed copies on the title page. FYI, the title page signings may be considered more valuable).
Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles 
(Random House / Penguin Random House) 

:: short story collection
:: Author of The Orphan Master's Son (Random House, 2012)
:: Signed copies listing for up to $75
T. Geronimo Johnson, Welcome to Braggsville 
(William Morris / HarperCollins) 

:: 2nd novel (first novel: Hold it 'til it Hurts, Coffee House Press, 2012)
:: First printings listing for up to $45 (one signed advance reading copy was listed for $53)
Edith Pearlman, Honeydew 
(Little, Brown / Hachette Book Group, 2015)

:: Short story collection
:: Author of Binocular Vision (a recommended collectible).
:: Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist
:: Signed copies listing in the $60 range
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life 
(Doubleday / Penguin Random House, 2015) 

:: 2nd novel
:: Shortlisted for Man Booker
:: Starred review from Kirkus
:: Signed copies listing in the $350 range at Abebooks (and I found one signed copy on Amazon for $188) -- These may be elevated prices because she's so hot right now.
:: Her debut novel, The People in the Trees (Doubleday, 2013) lists for $40-$80 unsigned. (No signed copies were listed at the time of this posting).

Nell Zink, Mislaid 
(The Ecco Press / HarperCollins) 

:: 2nd novel
:: Fourth Estate published a slipcased set of Mislaid & The Wallcreeper, some of which were signed (although I could not find much information on this edition).

Also on the long lists:


  • Cynthia Barnett, RainTa-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
  • Martha Hodes, Mourning Lincoln
  • Sally Mann, Hold Still
  • Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus
  • Susanna Moore, Paradise of the Pacific
  • Michael Paterniti, Love and Other Ways of Dying
  • Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink
  • Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light
  • Michael White, Travels in Vermeer 

Young people’s literature:

  • Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • M.T. Anderson, Symphony for the City of the Dead
  • Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish
  • Rae Carson, Walk on Earth a Stranger
  • Gary Paulsen, This Side of Wild
  • Laura Ruby, Bone Gap
  • Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon, X: A Novel
  • Steve Sheinkin, Most Dangerous
  • Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep
  • Noelle Stevenson, Nimona

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