Our NBA Fiction Semi-Finalists: Groff, Jones, Jr., Kitamura, Mott & Powers Audio

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The rolling revelations of the 2021 National Book Award long lists in each of its five categories were completed September 17 with the presentation of the ten Fiction semi-finalists, five of which are published by Penguin Random House imprints.



  • MATRIX by Lauren Groff (Riverhead HC and Ebook; Penguin Audio)
  • THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. (Putnam HC and Ebook; Penguin Audio)
  • INTIMACIES by Katie Kitamura (Riverhead HC and Ebook; Penguin Audio)
  • HELL OF A BOOK by Jason Mott (Dutton HC and Ebook; Penguin Audio)
  • BEWILDERMENT by Richard Powers (Random House Audio; Random House Canada HC and Ebook, RH Canada Audio)

Once again, here are our nominees in the two other areas in which we will be competing this year.

Young People’s Literature


And, good luck to our Penguin Random House Publisher Services clients in the Young People’s Literature and Translated Literature categories:

We cannot congratulate our thirteen nominated authors and their publishing teams enough on their recognition, wishing them good fortune ahead. Fingers crossed for the morning of Tuesday, October 5, when we learn the shortlisted titles. One from each category will be named a winner at the Manhattan National Book Award ceremony the night of Wednesday, November 17.


Posted: September 17, 2021