Eight authors who have appeared at the Arkansas Literary Festival have been included in the 2016 National Book Awards longlist. 2016 Lit Fest alums Chris Bachelder (The Throwback Special), Garth Greenwell (What Belongs to You), and Karan Mahajan (The Association of Small Bombs) – along with 2013 Lit Fest author Lydia Millet (Sweet Lamb of Heaven) – have been listed for works of fiction.
Poet and 2016 Lit Fest presenter Kevin Young has been included in the Poetry category for his latest collection, Blue Laws.
And, 2014 Lit Fest authors Representative John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell are among those in consideration for the Young People's Literature Award for March: Book Three.
Congratulations are also due to 2015 Lit Fest author Thomas Pierce (Hall of Small Mammals) who has been selected for the National Book Awards 2016 "5 Under 35" list.