2013 National Book Awards Longlist for Nonfiction
Jabari Asim is the author of The N Word and What Obama Means. For many years, he was a book reviewer and columnist for The Washington Post. He is an associate professor of writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College. www.therealjabariasim.com.
André Bernard is Vice President and Secretary of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
M.G. Lord writes on popular culture, society, and technology. She is the author of The Accidental Feminist, Forever Barbie, and Astro Turf, a family memoir of Cold War aerospace culture, for which she received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant. She teaches writing at the University of Southern California. www.mglord.com
Lauren Redniss was a Finalist for National Book Award in Nonfiction in 2011 for Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout. Her writing and drawing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, which nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently Artist-in-Residence at the American Museum of Natural History. She teaches at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. www.laurenredniss.com
Eric Sundquist is the author of To Wake the Nations, winner of the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association for best book published during the year, the Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa for the best book in the humanities, and the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. He is Chair of the Department of English and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.
The remaining Longlist for the Fiction category will be revealed exclusively at thedailybeast.com at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) on September 19.
The National Book Award Finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature will be announced on October 16, and the Winners at the invitation-only National Book Awards Ceremony and Gala on November 20 in New York City.
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