City Life Org – The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment congratulates the finalists of the 2022 National Book Awards

9 out of 25 finalists published or written in NYC

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
(MOME) is proud to congratulate the NYC Finalists for the 2022 National Book Awards. Categories for the National Book Awards include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translated literature and young adult fiction. Overall, 9 of the 25 finalist titles were written or published in NYC. Winners in all categories will be announced live at the National Book Awards ceremony on November 16th in NYC.

MOME celebrates these finalists to highlight NYC’s role as the pre-eminent home of the book publishing industry and to create connections between NYC’s publishing businesses, artists and smaller literary organizations. NYC’s ecosystem of publishers, talented authors, acclaimed bookstores and libraries has long nurtured the emergence of some of the world’s most acclaimed literature.

Finalists for the 2022 National Book Awards written or published in NYC are:


Author: Tess Gunty
Title: The rabbit hutch
Education: NYU
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Author: Sarah Thankam Mathews
Title: All this could be different
Residence: Brooklyn
Publisher: Viking Books

Author: Alejandro Varela
Title: The city of Babylon
Residence: Brooklyn
Publisher: Astra House


Author: Meghan O’Rourke
A book: The Invisible Kingdom: Reinventing Chronic Illness
Hello Brooklyn
Publisher: Riverhead Books


Author: John Keene
Title: Punks: New and Selected Poems
Education: NYU
Publisher: The Song Cave

Author: Sharon Olds
Title: balladz
Residence: NYC
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Author: Jenny Xie
Title: The fracture form
Residence: New York
Publisher: Graywolf Press

Translated Literature

Translator: Mark Polizzotti
Title: Kibogo
Residence: Brooklyn
Publisher: Archipelago Books

Translator: Damion Searls
Title: A new name: Septology VI-VII
Hail: New York
Publisher: Transit Books

Visit for the full list of finalists.

Presented by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Awards are considered one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world and have been held in New York City since their inaugural event at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1950. Throughout its history, the National Book Awards have repeatedly honored renowned authors who live and work in New York, such as Robert Caro and Jacqueline Woodson.


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