Tiya Miles, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Clint Smith are among the nominees for this year’s National Book Award for nonfiction.
The National Book Foundation revealed the 10-book longlist Thursday afternoon.
Miles made the longlist for All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake, which is also a finalist for this year’s Kirkus Prize. Abdurraqib was nominated for A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance; he appeared on the nonfiction longlist in 2019 for Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest.
Smith was nominated for How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. History is also the subject of other longlisted books, including Nicole Eustace’s Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America, Deborah Willis’ The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship, and Scott Ellsworth’s The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice.
Also nominated were Lucas Bessire for Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plainsand Heather McGhee for The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.
The shortlists for the award will be revealed on Oct. 5, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York on Nov. 17.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.