A novel by Mount Vernon’s own Ilyasah Shabazz, a daughter of assassinated civil rights leader Malcolm X, has landed on the longlist of nominees for this year’s National Book Awards.
“X: A Novel,” which Shabazz co-wrote with Kekla Magoon, is nominated in the category of Young People’s Literature. The book explores her father’s formative years, starting with is childhood in Detroit, Michigan.
Becky Albertalli, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”
M. T. Anderson, “Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad”
Ali Benjamin, “The Thing About Jellyfish”
Rae Carson, “Walk on Earth a Stranger”
Gary Paulsen, “This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs”
Laura Ruby, “Bone Gap”
Steve Sheinkin, “Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War”
Neal Shusterman, “Challenger Deep”
Noelle Stevenson, “Nimona”
The winner will be revealed at a ceremony on Nov. 18.