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

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

HOME IS NOT A COUNTRY by Safia Elhillo, (Make Me a World; Listening Library Audio)
THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO by Shing Yin Khor, (Kokila)
LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB by Malinda Lo, (Dutton Books for Young Readers; Listening Library Audio)
TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Kyle Lukoff, (Dial Books for Young Readers; Listening Library Audio)

A LITTLE DEVIL IN AMERICA: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib (Random House HC and Ebook; Random House Audio)
THE GROUND BREAKING: An American City and Its Search for Justice by Scott Ellsworth (Dutton HC and Ebook; Penguin Audio)
THE SUM OF US: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee (One World HC and Ebook; Random House Audio)
ALL THAT SHE CARRIED: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles (Random House HC and Ebook; Random House Audio)
And, good luck to our Penguin Random House Publisher Services clients in the Young People’s Literature and Translated Literature categories:

Revolution In Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon, (Listening Library Audio coming this fall; Candlewick Press,)
Peach Blossom Paradise by Ge Fei, Translated, from the Chinese, by Canaan Morse (New York Review Books)
When We Cease To Understand The World by Benjamín Labatut, Translated, from the Spanish, by Adrian Nathan West (New York Review Books)
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.