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The National Book Awards longlist for fiction: 8 women and 2 men

September 15, 2017
LA Times

The 10 finalists for the National Book Award in fiction have been announced: Eight of the 10 are female authors. It’s the first time since the National Book Foundation started using longlists in 2013 that women have appeared in such a majority.

Among the longlisted fiction authors are previous National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan and writer Charmaine Craig, who lives in Los Angeles.

Finalists for all categories will be announced Oct. 4; the gala celebrating the winners takes place Nov. 15 in New York.

Jesmyn Ward, who won the National Book Award in 2011 for her novel "Salvage the Bones," is one of 10 longlisted authors this year for her latest, "Sing, Unburied, Sing." (Ulf Andersen / Getty Images)

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