The MacArthur genius fellows and the National Book Award longlist for fiction were announced this week. It’s big news for the literary world. Here’s the break down:
Cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel was among the 21 recipients awarded. Bechdel explores the complexities of familial relationships in multilayered works that use the interplay of word and image to weave sophisticated narratives. Poet Terrance Hayes was also awarded.
National Book Award – Longlist
Rabih Alameddine, “An Unnecessary Woman” (Grove Press/ Grove/Atlantic)
Molly Antopol, “The UnAmericans” (W. W. Norton & Company)
John Darnielle, “Wolf in White Van” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Anthony Doerr, “All the Light We Cannot See” (Scribner/ Simon & Schuster)
Phil Klay, “Redeployment” (The Penguin Press/ Penguin Group)
Emily St. John Mandel, “Station Eleven” (Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House)
Elizabeth McCracken, “Thunderstruck & Other Stories” (The Dial Press/ Random House)
Richard Powers, “Orfeo” (W.W. Norton & Company)
Marilynne Robinson, “Lila” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Jane Smiley, “Some Luck” (Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House)
Congratulations to those recognized. You can see all the longlists including Poetry, Nonfiction, and Young People’s Literature, here.