And our friend Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is now a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry! From her publisher, Coffee House Press’s announcement this afternoon:

“The twenty-five finalists across five award categories, announced this morning, were selected by a distinguished panel of judges from 1,772 total books submitted by publishers. Each finalist will be awarded $1,000 and a bronze medal at a private ceremony preceding the National Book Awards Finalists Reading held at New York University on the evening of November 15.

The winners of each category will be announced live on Wednesday, November 16, at the 73rd National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner, held in person at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The National Book Foundation will also broadcast the ceremony live on their Youtube, Facebook, and website. Winners of the National Book Awards will be awarded $10,000 along with an award statue.”

And you can order her book and other’s at a discount, to celebrate. Here’s the link:

In honor of this incredible news, we’re offering 20% off all our poetry and translation titles! Use code NBA2022 now through Sunday! (Code is case sensitive and valid until 11:59 pm, 10/9/22.) Pick up a copy of Jawbone, Look at This Blue, or another backlist a gem you might have missed!

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Here is a list of all the finalists, for your reading pleasure. Don’t forget to ask your library to stock these books!


Tess Gunty, “The Rabbit Hutch”

Gayl Jones, “The Birdcatcher”

Jamil Jan Kochai, “The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories”

Sarah Thankam Mathews, “All This Could Be Different”

Alejandro Varela, “The Town of Babylon”


  • Meghan O’Rourke, “The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness”
  • Imani Perry, “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation”
  • David Quammen, “Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus”
  • Ingrid Rojas Contreras, “The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir”
  • Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice”


  • Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, “Look at This Blue”
  • John Keene, “Punks: New & Selected Poems”
  • Sharon Olds, “Balladz”
  • Roger Reeves, “Best Barbarian”
  • Jenny Xie, “The Rupture Tense”

Translated Literature

  • Jon Fosse, “A New Name: Septology VI-VII”
    Translated from the Norwegian by Damion Searls
  • Scholastique Mukasonga, “Kibogo”
    Translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti
  • Mónica Ojeda, “Jawbone”
    Translated from the Spanish by Sarah Booker
  • Samanta Schweblin, “Seven Empty Houses”
    Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell
  • Yoko Tawada, “Scattered All Over the Earth”
    Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani

Young People’s Literature

  • Kelly Barnhill, “The Ogress and the Orphans”
  • Sonora Reyes, “The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School”
  • Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud Anyabwile, “Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice”
  • Sabaa Tahir, “All My Rage”
  • Lisa Yee, “Maizy Chen’s Last Chance”

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