Kevin Young was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry in
2003, and he was on the longlist in that category last year. (In
November, he will become the new poetry editor of The New Yorker.)
This year, he is on the longlist in Nonfiction, for “Bunk: The Rise of
Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.”

He’s joined on the list by David Grann, a New Yorker staff writer,
long-listed for the first time, for “Killers of the Flower Moon: The
Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I.” (You can read an excerpt of
that book
on this Web site.) The longlist also includes one previous winner of the
National Book Award: Frances FitzGerald, who received the honor, in
1973, for “Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in
Vietnam.” (That book also won the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft
Prize.) Forty-four years later, FitzGerald is in contention again, for
“The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America.”

The full list is below.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless
Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona

37 INK / Atria / Simon Schuster

Frances FitzGerald, “The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape

Simon Schuster

James Forman, Jr., “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in

Farrar, Straus Giroux / Macmillan

Masha Gessen, “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed

Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

David Grann, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the
Birth of the

Doubleday / Penguin Random House

Naomi Klein, “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics
and Winning the World We

Haymarket Books

Nancy MacLean, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the
Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for

Viking / Penguin Random House

Richard Rothstein, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How
Our Government Segregated

Liveright / W. W. Norton Company

Timothy B. Tyson, “The Blood of Emmett

Simon Schuster

Kevin Young, “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists,
Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake

Graywolf Press

The judges for the category this year are Steve Bercu, the owner of
BookPeople, in Austin, and the former president of the American
Booksellers Association; Jeff Chang, the executive director of
the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University and, most
recently, the author of “We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and
Resegregation”; Paula J. Giddings, the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of
Africana Studies at Smith College; Ruth Franklin, whose most recent book
is “Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life”; and Valeria Luiselli, the
author of “The Story of My Teeth” and “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in
Forty Questions” and a 2014 National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35

National Book Awards finalists will be announced on October 4th, and
winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on November 15th.