This past week, The New Yorker announced the longlists for the 2017 National Book Awards, including Young People’s Literature, Poetry, and Nonfiction. Today, they presented the final category: Fiction.
Congratulations to Charmaine Craig for making the longlist for Fiction with her novel Miss Burma, which tells the story of modern-day Burma and a family history of a persecuted minority in colonial Myanmar, the Karen.
The judges for the category this year are Alexander Chee, the author of “The Queen of the Night” and “Edinburgh”; Dave Eggers, the founder of the publishing company McSweeney’s and the author of, among other books, “A Hologram for the King,” which was a 2012 finalist for the National Book Award; Annie Philbrick, the owner of Bank Square Books, in Connecticut; Karolina Waclawiak, the author of “How to Get into the Twin Palms” and “The Invaders”; and Jacqueline Woodson, a National Book Award finalist for fiction, last year, for “Another Brooklyn,” and a recipient of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, in 2014, for “Brown Girl Dreaming.”
National Book Awards finalists will be announced on October 4th, and winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on November 15th.