The autobiography of George Floyd has made it into the National Book Award long list for 2022.

The nonfiction book “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice” is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

  • The authors, Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa are both journalists for the Washington Post.
  • The National Book Foundation has previously released lengthy lists of both translated works and works written specifically for young people.
  • On October 4, the last five will be chosen, and on November 16, the winners will be revealed.

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This past Thursday, the long list for the National Book Awards was announced, and it includes a biography of the late George Floyd as well as poems by Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds.

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Nonfiction nominees were John A. Farrell’s Ted Kennedy: A Life, New Yorker writer Kathryn Schulz’s Lost & Found: A Memoir, Anna Badkhen’s Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays, and Natalie Hodges’ Uncommon Measure: A Journey Through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time.

In addition to Olds’ Balladz, the other nine finalists on the poetry list featured works by Jenny Xie (The Rupture Tense), Quincy Troupe (Duende), Sherry Shenoda (Mummy Eaters), and Jay Hopler (Still Life), a book in which he addresses his terminal cancer diagnosis. His book was out in June, just before he passed away in July at the age of 51.

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The award-giving National Book Foundation has already revealed its long lists for children’s books and translated works, and on Friday, it will reveal its long list for fiction. Winners will be revealed on November 16 after the lists are cut to a final five on October 4.

The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness, by Meghan O’Rourke, is another deserving finalist in the nonfiction category. South to America: Traveling Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Discover America’s Hidden Heart, by Imani Perry, Books by David Quammen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir, and Kelly Lytle Hernández’s Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution.

In the Borderlands, to name a few. Punks: New & Selected Poems by John Keene, Best Barbarian by Roger Reeves, Golden Ax by Rio Cortez, As She Appears by Shelley Wong, and Look at This Blue by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke are all up for poetry awards.