First two longlists announced for National Book Awards

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stories of voting rights, space exploration and displacement at home are among the young people’s literature works that appear on the longlist for the National Book Awards. In the translation category, the 10 nominated books originate everywhere from the Middle East to Scandinavia to Japan. The lists were announced Wednesday by the National Book Foundation, which presents the awards and will reveal nominees for poetry, nonfiction and fiction later in the week. In young people’s literature, selections included Evette Dionne’s “Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box” and John Rocco’s “How We Got to the Moon.” Other nominees include “When Stars are Scattered,” by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, based on Mohamed’s experiences as a refugee in Kenya; and two books feature stories in verse: Eric Gansworth’s “Apple (Skin to the Core)” and Candice Iloh’s “Every Body Looking.” ADVERTISEMENTThe other works on the young people’s literature longlist were Kacen Callender’s “King and the Dragonflies,” Traci Chee’s “We Are Not Free,” Marcella Pixley’s “Trowbridge Road,” Gavriel Savit’s “The Way Back” and Aiden Thomas’ “Cemetery Boys.”One of the nominees for translated books, …

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