Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi on US National Book Awards 2019 longlist.

Akwaeke Emezi’s novel Pet is on the longlist for the National Book Awards 2019 in the Young People’s Literature category announced on September 16, 2019.

The US National Book Foundation presents the National Book Awards and two-lifetime achievement awards to authors every November. The awards are handed out in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature. The judges in the young people’s literature category announced today are novelists An Na and Elana K. Arnold as well as book store owner Kristen Gilligan, novelist and academic Varian Johnson, and retired librarian and academic Deborah Taylor.

The full longlist is below.

  • Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson, The Undefeated, Versify / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Laurie Halse Anderson, Shout, Viking Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House
  • Akwaeke Emezi, Pet, Make Me a World / Penguin Random House
  • Cynthia Kadohata, A Place to Belong, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster
  • Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster
  • Randy Ribay, Patron Saints of Nothing, Kokila / Penguin Random House
  • Laura Ruby, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers
  • Martin W. Sandler, 1919: The Year That Changed America, Bloomsbury Children’s Books / Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Hal Schrieve, “Out of Salem” Triangle Square / Seven Stories Press.
  • Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw, Kiss Number 8, First Second Books / Macmillan Publishers

The longlist for the young people’s literature category announced on Monday morning features Akwaeke Emezi’s new young adult title Pet which follows a transgender teen living in a dystopia plagued by monsters.

The foundation will announce the shortlist on October 8 then the winners will be revealed at the National Book Awards ceremony and benefit dinner on November 20 in New York City, USA.

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