George Saunders

Jennifer Egan, Jesmyn Ward are National Book Award nominees

Jennifer Egan and Jesmyn Ward, prize-winning authors with new novels out this fall, are on the fiction long list for the National Book Awards.

On Friday, the National Book Foundation announced 10 fiction nominees, completing a week in which long lists also were released for poetry, young people's literature and nonfiction. Short lists of five in each category come out Oct. 4. Winners will be announced Nov. 15 during a Manhattan dinner ceremony.

Egan's "Manhattan Beach" is her first novel since she won the Pulitzer Prize for "A Visit from the Goon Squad," and Ward's "Sing, Unburied, Sing" is her first novel since she won the National Book Award...

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