PEN America is thrilled to announce the longlists for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards. During our week-long roll-out, Mashable helped us showcase ninety titles that our judges selected for PEN America’s nine book awards. Learn more about each of the judges here.

This year’s awards will confer nearly $315,000 to writers and translators whose exceptional literary works were published in 2016. Spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essays, science writing, sports writing, translation, and more, these longlisted books are bound to help you fulfill your gift giving needs in time for the holiday season.

The finalists for all book awards will be announced on January 18. The winners will be announced on February 22, except for those the awards for debut fiction and essay as well as for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the PEN/Nabokov Award, which will be named live at the 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on March 27 at The New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium in NYC. 

2017 PEN AMERICA LITERARY AWARDS LONGLISTS

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction ($25,000): To an author whose debut work—a first novel or collection of short stories published in 2016—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.

JUDGES: Jami Attenberg, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Randall Kenan, Hanna Pyalvainen, and Akhil Sharma

LONGLIST:

Insurrections
Rion Amilcar Scott
University Press of Kentucky
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

We Show What We Have Learned
Clare Beams
Lookout Books/UNC Wilmington
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

The Mothers
Brit Bennett
Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

The Wangs vs. the World
Jade Chang
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Amazon | Indie Bound

When Watched
Leopoldine Core
Penguin Books/Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Hide
Matthew Griffin
Bloomsbury 
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi
Alfred A Knopf/Penguin Random
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Tuesday Nights in 1980
Molly Prentiss
Gallery/Scout Press/Simon & Schuster
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Hurt People
Cote Smith
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

Wreck and Order
Hannah Tennant-Moore
Hogarth/Crown Publishing 
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000): For a book of essays published in 2016 that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.

JUDGES: Eula Biss, Kiese Laymon, and Paul Steiger

LONGLIST:

The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine and Motherhood 
Belle Boggs
Graywolf Press
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Known and Strange Things
Teju Cole
Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Against Everything
Mark Greif
Pantheon Books/Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind
Siri Hustvedt
Simon & Schuster
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

The Girls in My Town
Angela Morales
University of New Mexico Press
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

Soul at the White Heat
Joyce Carol Oates
Ecco Press
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

Becoming Earth
Eva Saulitis
Red Hen Press
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Ethics in the Real World
Peter Singer
Princeton University Press
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change
Andrew Solomon
Scribner/Simon & Schuster
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

Hungry Heart
Jennifer Weiner
Atria Books/Simon & Schuster
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction ($10,000): To an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction published in 2015 or 2016 possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues.

JUDGES: Julia Angwin, Rich Benjamin, Jeff Biggers, Charles Duhigg, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Lizzie Stark, and Jessica Valenti

LONGLIST:

Drinking in America: Our Secret History
Susan Cheever
Twelve/Hachette Book Group
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City 
Matthew Desmond 
Crown/Penguin Random House 
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America 
Nancy Isenberg
Viking/Penguin Random House 
Amazon Indie Bound
 

Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help 
Larissa MacFarquhar
Penguin Press/Penguin Random House
Amazon Indie Bound
 

The Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America 
Patrick Phillips 
W. W. Norton and Company
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic 
Sam Quinones 
Bloomsbury Press 
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
Andrés Reséndez
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

The Train to the Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II 
Jan Jarboe Russell
Scribner/Simon &Schuster 
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran 
Laura Secor 
Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House 
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship 
Anjan Sundaram 
Doubleday/Penguin Random House  
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ($10,000): For a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences published in 2016.

JUDGES: Emily Anthes, Amy Ellis Nutt, Robin Marantz Henig, and Emma Marris

LONGLIST:

The Genius of Birds
Jennifer Ackerman
Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
Jonathan Balcombe
Scientific American/Farrar Straus & Giroux
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets
Luke Dittrich
Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature
Jordan Fisher Smith
Crown/Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History
Dan Flores
Basic Books/Hachette
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of a Private Spaceflight
Julian Guthrie
Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Lab Girl
Hope Jahren
Alfred A Knopf/Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

The Gene: An Intimate History
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Scribner/Simon & Schuster
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

The Glass Universe
Dava Sobel
Viking/Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish
Emily Voigt
Scribner/Simon & Schuster
AmazonIndie Bound

 

PEN Open Book Award ($5,000): For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2016.

JUDGES: Ishmael Beah, Major Jackson, and Bich Ming Nguyen

LONGLIST:

Blackass
A. Igoni Barrett
Graywolf Press
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt
Yasmine El Rashidi
Tim Duggan Books/Crown Publishing Group
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

The Book of Memory
Petina Gappah
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Amazon | Indie Bound

The Big Book of Exit Strategies
Jamaal May
Alice James Books/University of Maine at Farmington
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Behold the Dreamers
Imbolo Mbue
Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
Helen Oyeyemi
Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House
Amazon | IndieBound

Look
Solmaz Sharif
Graywolf Press
Amazon | Indie Bound

Problems
Jade Sharma
Coffee House Press
Amazon | Indie Bound

Cannibal
Safiya Sinclair
University of Nebraska Press
Amazon | Indie Bound

Blackacre
Monica Youn
Graywolf Press
Amazon | Indie Bound

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000): To honor a nonfiction book on the subject of sports published in 2016.

JUDGES: Jay Caspian Kang, Juliet Macur, and David Owen

LONGLIST:

Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution
Jonathan Abrams
Crown Archetype/Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise
Joe Drape
Hachette Books
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers
Michael Leahy
HarperCollins
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Catching the Sky
Colten Moore, Keith O‘Brien
Atria Books/Simon & Schuster
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA
Joe Nocera, Ben Strauss
Portfolio/Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre 
Jeff Pearlman  
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town
S.L. Price
Atlantic Monthly Press/Grove Atlantic
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcom X
Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith
Basic Books/Perseus Books Group
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Fastpitch: The Untold History of the Softball and the Women Who Made the Game
Erica Westly
Touchstone/Simon & Schuster
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-Hop, and Street Basketball
Onaje X.O. Woodbine
Columbia University Press
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000): For a distinguished biography published in 2016.

JUDGES: Evelyn C. White, Joyce Johnson, and Yunte Huang

LONGLIST:

Jean Cocteau: A Life
Claude Arnaud
translated from the French by Lauren Elkin & Charlotte Mandell
Yale University Press
Amazon | Indie Bound

A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century
Jerome Charyn
Bellevue Literary Press

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
Ruth Franklin
Liveright/W. W. Norton & Company
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart
Claire Harman
Alfred A. Knopf
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary
Joe Jackson
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley
Jane Kamensky
W. W. Norton & Company
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer
Arthur Lubow
HarperCollins
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White
Michael Tisserand
HarperCollins
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins–the Art and Science of the Violin
Quincy Whitney
ForeEdge/University Press of New England
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow
Laurie Wilson
Thames & Hudson
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

PEN Translation Prize ($3,000): For a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2016.

JUDGES:  Mara Faye Lethem, Jeremy Tiang, Elizabeth Lowe, Annie Tucker, and Dennis Washburn

LONGLIST:

Confessions by Rabee Jaber
New Directions
translated from the Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

The Fox Was Ever the Hunter by Herta Muller
Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company
translated from the German by Philip Boehm
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

Between Life and Death by Yoram Kaniuk
Restless Books
translated from the Hebrew by Barbara Harshav
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

One Hundred and Twenty-One Days by Michèle Audin
Deep Vellum Publishing
translated from the French by Christiana Hills
Amazon | Indie Bound

Angel of Oblivion by Maja Haderlap
Archipelago Books
translated from the German by Tess Lewis
Amazon | Indie Bound

Justine by Iben Mondrup
Open Letter Books
translated from the Danish by Kerri A. Pierce
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke
Grove Press
translated from the Chinese by Carlos Rojas
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Hogarth/Crown Publishing
translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

Limbo Beirut by Hilal Chouman
University of Texas Press
translated from the Arabic by Anna Ziajka Stanton
Amazon | Indie Bound

 

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000): For a book-length translation of poetry into English published in 2016.

JUDGES: Jennifer Grotz, Kyoo Lee, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips

LONGLIST:

Pearl: A New Verse Translation by The Pearl Poet
Liveright/W. W. Norton &Company
translated from the Middle English by Simon Armitage
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Abyss by Ya Hsien
Zephyr Press
translated from the Chinese by John Balcom
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Voronezh Notebooks by Osip Mandelstam
New York Review of Books
translated from the Russian by Andrew Davis
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Building the Barricade by Anna Swir
Tavern Books
translated from the Polish by Piotr Florczyk
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Algaravias by Waly Salomao
Ugly Duckling Presse
translated from the Portuguese by Maryam Monalisa Gharavi
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Preludes and Fugues by Emmanuel Moses
Oberlin College Press
translated from the French by Marilyn Hacker
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

Tales of Ise
Penguin Classics
translated from the Japanese by Peter MacMillan
Amazon | Indie Bound
 

In Praise of Defeat: Poems by Abdellatif Laâbi
Archipelago Books
translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith
Amazon | Indie Bound

Absolute Solitude: Selected Poems by Dulce Maria Loynaz
Archipelago Books
translated from the Spanish by James O’Connor
Amazon | Indie Bound

Twenty Girls to Envy Me: Selected Poems from Orit Gidali
University of Texas Press
translated from the Hebrew by Marcela Sulak
Amazon | Indie Bound

 


2017 CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AND MANUSCRIPT AWARDS

(The following awards do not have longlists.)

PEN/Nabokov Award in International Literature ($50,000): To a writer of any genre and of any nationality for their exceptional body of work. 

JUDGES: Aravind Adiga, Ayad Akhtar, Robin Coste Lewis, Jessica Hagedorn, and Thrity Umrigar 

PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers ($2,000 to 12 writers): To recognize 12 emerging fiction writers for their debut short story published in 2016. 

JUDGES: Marie-Helene Bertino, Kelly Link, and Nina McConigley

PEN/Jean Stein Book Award ($75,000): To recognize a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact. 

JUDGES: The judges will serve anonymously and will be announced at a later date  

PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History ($10,000): For a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place or movement. 

JUDGES: Gaiutra Badhadur, Helen Epstein, and Dan Kennedy

PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Awards ($7,500 and $2,500): Three awards which honor a Master American Dramatist, American Playwright in Mid-Career, and Emerging American Playwright.

JUDGES: Oskar Eustis, Michael C. Hall, and Young Jean Lee

PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry ($5,000): For an emerging American poet of any age showing promise of further literary achievement.

JUDGES: Camille Dungy, Ada Limón, and Patrick Phillips

PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000): For a writer whose body of work represents an exceptional contribution to the field.

JUDGES: Pete Hamill, Sally Jenkins, and Michael Sokolove

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship ($5,000): For an author of a children’s or young-adult fiction to complete a book-length work-in-progress. 

JUDGES: Margarita Engle, Sharyn November, and Polly Shulman

PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing ($2,500): For a magazine editor whose high literary standards and taste have contributed significantly to the excellence of the publication he or she edits.

JUDGES: Michael Dumanis, Caitlin McKenna, and David L. Ulin

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants ($2,000-$4,000): To support the translation of book-length works into English.

JUDGES: Tyan Kogane, Edna McCrown, Fiona McCrae, Canaan Morse, Idra Novey, Allison Markin Powell, Antonio Romani, Chip Rossetti, Shabham Nadiya, and Ross Ufberg