Asghar, Gunty, Kochai, Mathews PRH Fiction ‘22 NBA Semi-Finalists—& Our Contenders in NF, Poetry, Translated Literature, YPL


Presenting the four Penguin Random House works the judges have selected for the 2022 ten-title Fiction National Book Award longlist. This September 16 announcement rounds out the individually-spotlighted September 14-16 reveals of each of the five NBA categories. For the first time in several years, PRH is represented with semi-finalists in all of them.


WHEN WE WERE SISTERS by Fatimah Asghar, (One World hc and ebook; Random House Audio)

THE RABBIT HUTCH by Tess Gunty, (Knopf hc and ebook; Random House Audio)

THE HAUNTING OF HAJJI HOTAK AND OTHER STORIES by Jamil Jan Kochai, (Viking hc and ebook; Penguin Audio)

ALL THIS COULD BE DIFFERENT by Sarah Thankam Mathews, (Viking hc and ebook; Penguin Audio)

IF I SURVIVE YOU by Jonathan Escoffery, (McClelland & Stewart/PRH Canada)

From our PRPH clients: Shutter by Ramona Emerson, (Soho Press); The Birdcatcher by Gayl Jones, (Beacon Press)


Nonfiction (Five of ten)


TED KENNEDY: A LIFE by John A. Farrell, (Penguin Press hc and ebook; Penguin Audio)

THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM: REIMAGINING CHRONIC ILLNESS by Meghan O’Rourke, (Riverhead hc and ebook; Penguin Audio)

THE MAN WHO COULD MOVE CLOUDS: A MEMOIR by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, (Doubleday hc and ebook; Random House Audio)

HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD: ONE MAN’S LIFE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, (Viking hc and ebook; Penguin Audio)

LOST & FOUND: A MEMOIR by Kathryn Schulz, (Random House hc, ebook, trade pb; Random House Audio; Doubleday Canada)

And from our PRHPS client: Anna Badkhen’s, Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays (New York Review Books)


GOLDEN AX by Rio Cortez, (Penguin pb & ebook; Penguin Audio)

BALLADZ by Sharon Olds, (Knopf hc, ebook, & pb; Random House Audio)

Another from a PRHPS client: Duende by Quincy Troupe, (Seven Stories Press)



Translated Literature

SEVEN EMPTY HOUSES by Samanta Schweblin, Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell, (Riverhead hc and ebook; Penguin Audio)

THE BOOKS OF JACOB by Olga Tokarczuk, Translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft, (Riverhead hc and ebook; Penguin Audio)


Young People’s Literature

THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF HOODIE ROSEN by Isaac Blum, (Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers hc and ebook; Listening Library)

ALL MY RAGE by Sabaa Tahir, (Razorbill/Penguin Young Readers hc and ebook; Listening Library)

MAIZY CHEN’S LAST CHANCE by Lisa Yee, (Random House Books for Young Readers hc and ebook; Yearling pb coming April 2023; Listening Library)

At the November 16 live ceremony, preceding the awards bestowal, Art Spiegelman (Pantheon) will receive the National Book Foundation’s 2022 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a lifetime-achievement recognition.

Within the NBA timeline, just ahead is the October 4 unified, simultaneous announcement of the five category shortlists, of five titles each, whose honorees will be the center of attention on Awards Night in downtown Manhattan.

Resonant congratulations to our publishing teams and their authors.

Fingers, and toes, crossed tight.

Posted: September 16, 2022