The PEN/Faulkner Foundation unveiled the: long list for the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award, one of the country’s most prestigious fiction awards, including books by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, Katie Kitamura and Percival Everett.
Johnson was nominated for her debut short story collection My Monticellowho was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize.
Kitamura made the list for Intimacies† her novel was previously long-listed for the National Book Award.
Everett earned a nomination for The trees, who is also a finalist for this year’s PEN/Jean Stein Award. Everett was recently named the winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nawaaz Ahmed made the longlist for Radiant fugitivesjust like Rabih Alameddine before The wrong end of the telescopeJai Chakrabarti for A play for the end of the worldand Carolina de Robertis for The President and the Frog†
Also nominated were Carolyn Ferrell for Dear Ms MetropolitanImbolo Mbue for How beautiful were weand Claire Oshetsky for Chouette†
The longlist will be divided into a shortlist of five books to be revealed next month, with the winner announced in April.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.