Novels by Colson Whitehead, Marlon James on awards longlist

Novels by Colson Whitehead, Marlon James on awards longlist
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2015 file photo, Marlon James, author of "A Brief History of Severn Killings", speaks after being named as the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015, in London. Colson Whitehead’s brutal narrative of a boys’ reform school, “The Nickel Boys,” and James’ fantasy epic “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” are among the works chosen by judges, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards. (Neil Hall/Pool via AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead’s brutal narrative of a boys’ reform school, “The Nickel Boys,” and Marlon James’ fantasy epic “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” are among the works chosen by judges for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards.

Others on the list of 10 include Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s comic novel “Fleishman Is in Trouble” and the immigrant stories “The Other Americans,” by Laila Lalami, and “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” the first novel by the poet Ocean Vuong.

Friday’s announcement caps a week in which the National Book Foundation also unveiled longlists for nonfiction, translation, young people’s literature and poetry. The lists will be narrowed to five in each category on Oct. 8. Winners will be announced during a Nov. 20 dinner ceremony in New York City.