NEW YORK — A biography of the late George Floyd and poetry by Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds were among works included on Thursday’s long lists for the National Book Awards.
“His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” by Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, was nominated for nonfiction, along with John A. Farrell’s “Ted Kennedy: A Life.” , New Yorker writer. “Lost” by Kathryn Schulz & Found: A Memoir,” “Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays” by Anna Badkhen, and “Uncommon Measure: A Journey Through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time” by Natalie Hodges.
Olds’ “Balladz” was among the 10 nominees on the poetry list, which also included Jenny Xie’s “The Rupture Tense,” Quincy Troupe’s “Goblin,” Sherry Shenoda’s “Mummy Eaters” and Jay Hopler’s “Still Life.” , a collection in which he confronts his terminal cancer diagnosis. The book was published shortly before his death, in June, at the age of 51.
The National Book Foundation, which hands out the awards, has previously announced long lists of children’s literature and translated books and will announce the fiction nominees on Friday. The lists will be reduced to five on October 1. 4, and the winners will be announced on November 16.
Nonfiction nominees also include “The Invisible Realm: Reimagining Chronic Illness” by Meghan O’Rourke, “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation” by Imani Perry, “Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus,” “The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir” by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and “Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution on the Border” by Kelly Lytle Hernández.
In poetry, other nominees include “Punks: New & Selected Poems,” Roger Reeves’ “Best Barbarian,” Rio Cortez’s “Golden Axe,” Shelley Wong’s “As She Appears,” and Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s “Look at This Blue.”