This article originally appeared at wthr.com
NEW YORK (AP) – Books about racism, Vietnam and the Attica prison uprising were among those on the nonfiction longlist of the National Book Awards.
None of the 10 authors cited Wednesday, including Patricia Bell-Scott for “The Firebrand and the First Lady” and Cathy O’Neil for “Weapons of Math Destruction,” has ever won the National Book Award or even appeared on the longlist. But Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War,” won the Pulitzer Prize last spring for his novel, “The Sympathizer.”
The National Book Foundation, which presents the awards, has already unveiled longlists for poetry and young people’s literature. The fiction list is expected Thursday.