This week, The New Yorker will announce the shortlists for the 2022 National Book Awards. Check back this afternoon for the Literature in Translation list.
The titles on the long list for this year’s National Book Award for Young People’s Literature address gender and sexuality, racism and xenophobia, and self-esteem and self-acceptance. Three novels are coming-of-age stories that shed light on complex family and community structures: Isaac Blum’s “The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen” weaves anti-Semitism and communal conflict into a story of forbidden love; Sabaa Tahir’s “All My Rage” follows a working class Pakistani American family from Lahore to California; and Sonora Reyes’ “The Lesbian’s Guide to Catholic School” introduces readers to Yamilet, a sixteen-year-old Mexican American girl, during her first year as a transfer student at a wealthy, predominantly white Catholic school.
Two contenders on this year’s long list are graphic novels or memoirs. In Johnnie Christmas’s self-illustrated “Swim Team,” a high school student confronts her fear of swimming and the sport’s unique history. Tommie Smith’s graphic memoir, “Victory. Stand Up!”, co-written with Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile, details the athlete’s career, culminating in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, in which Smith, a gold medal winner in the 200-meter race, and John Carlos, the bronze medal winner, raised his fists to protest racial injustice.
The ten titles on this list were chosen from two hundred and ninety-six editor submissions. Two nominees, Traci Chee and Anna-Marie McLemore, have previously been honored by the National Book Awards. The full list is below.
Kelly Barnhill“The ogress and the orphans”
Algonquin Young Readers / Workman Publishing
isaac blum“The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen”
Philomel Books/Penguin Random House
traci chee“A thousand steps into the night”
Clarion Books / HarperCollins Publishers
johnny christmas“swimming team”
Harper’s Alley / HarperCollins Publishers
Anna Maria McLemore“Self Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix”
Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan Publishers
sonorous kings“The lesbian guide to catholic school”
Balzer and Bray / HarperCollins Publishers
Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes and Dawood Anyabwile“victory Stand!: Raising my fist for justice”
Norton Young Readers / W. W. Norton & Company
Sabah Tahir“all my rage”
Razorbill/Penguin Random House
winston sherry“Lotus Bloom and the Afro revolution”
Bloomsbury Children’s Books / Bloomsbury Publishing
Lisa Yee“Maizy Chen’s Last Chance”
Random House Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House
The judges for the category this year are Becky Albertalli, whose novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” was long-listed for the National Book Awards in 2015; Joseph Bruchac, author of more than one hundred and seventy books, including “Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II”; Meghan Dietsche Goel, children’s book buyer for BookPeople, in Austin, Texas; Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of “Black brother, black brother”; and Lilliam Rivera, the author of “We light up the sky.” ♦