Klein, Gessen among National Book Award nominees


NEW YORK (AP) – Naomi Klein, Masha Gessen and Frances Fitzgerald were among the 10 authors on the National Book Award’s long list for nonfiction announced Thursday.

Racial and social justice and political protest in the U.S. and abroad were themes in virtually every nominated book, from Klein’s “No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need” to Timothy B. Tyson’s “The Blood of Emmett Till.”

The National Book Foundation has already released long lists for poetry and young people’s literature and will announce the fiction nominees on Friday. The lists for all four categories will be narrowed to five on Oct. 4. Winners will be revealed Nov. 15 during a dinner ceremony in Manhattan.

Gessen, the Russian-born writer and activist who has become a leading voice on authoritarianism, was nominated Thursday for “The Future is History,” which chronicles the growing repression in her native country. Nancy MacLean’s “Democracy in Chains” tracks the rise of the radical right in the U.S. Fitzgerald, author of the classic Vietnam War book “The Fire in the Lake,” was chosen for “The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America.”

“Locking Up Our Own,” an investigation into the mass incarceration of blacks, is the debut book by James Forman Jr., son of the late civil rights leader. The other nominees are Richard Rothstein’s “The Color of Law”; David Grann’s “Killers of the Moon”; Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s “Never Caught,” about a slave who escaped from George and Martha Washington; and Kevin Young’s “Bunk,” a nonfiction work by the acclaimed poet.

A panel of five judges selected the long list from 553 books submitted by publishers.

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