Our 10 Finalists in the 5 Categories for the ‘22 Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, YPL National Book Awards


Since 2013, thirteen Penguin Random House titles have been bestowed with coveted annual National Book Awards.

Can our history be repeated next month? Here’s who might do it with us.



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)


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)


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

Translated Literature

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

Young People’s Literature

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)

Congratulations to the ten authors, published by Penguin Random House imprints, named as Finalists for the 2022 National Book Awards, For the first time in several years, we will be a contender in each of the five categories with these shortlisters, announced by the National Book Foundation on October 4.

Big shout outs to our publishing teams, especially the editors, behind our shortlisters and longlisters.

The five judging-category groups reconvene in Manhattan on Wednesday, November 16 to deliberate over their respective final choices among the five Finalists, to be announced that evening at the hybrid in-person and Virtual Awards dinner, which will include the presentation of the 2022 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (DCAL). to Pantheon author Art Spiegelman.


Posted: October 4, 2022