Scholastique Mukasonga

Scholastique Mukasonga on US National Book Awards 2019 longlist.

Scholastique Mukasonga’s novel The Barefoot Woman is on the longlist for the US National Book Awards 2019 announced on September 17, 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 longlist for the young people’s literature category was announced on Monday with Akwaeke Emezi’s Pet making the cut. The translated literature category will be judged by n+1 editor Keith Gessen, translator Elisabeth Jaquette, novelist Katie Kitamura, novelist Idra Novey, and publisher-bookseller Shuchi Saraswat.

The full longlist announced on Tuesday is;

  • Naja Marie Aidt, When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back: Carl’s Book, Translated by Denise Newman Coffee House Press.
  • Eliane Brum, The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections, Translated by Diane Grosklaus Whitty Graywolf Press.
  • Nona Fernández, Space Invaders, Translated by Natasha Wimmer Graywolf Press.
  • Vigdis Hjorth, Will and Testament, Translated by Charlotte Barslund Verso Fiction / Verso Books.
  • Khaled Khalifa, Death Is Hard Work, Translated by Leri Price Farrar, Straus & Giroux / Macmillan Publishers.
  • László Krasznahorkai, Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming, Translated by Ottilie Mulzet New Directions.
  • Scholastique Mukasonga, The Barefoot Woman, Translated by Jordan Stump Archipelago Books.
  • Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police, Translated by Stephen Snyder Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House.
  • Pajtim Statovci, Crossing, Translated by David Hackston Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House.
  • Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

The longlist as you can see features Scholastique Mukasonga’s The Barefoot Woman which was translated from French into English by Jordan Stump and Archipelago Books.

The National Book 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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