The Indie Lit Awards: The Unofficial Long List

Voting for book bloggers for the Indie Lit Awards has closed! And now the unofficial long list! According to the site, the top 5 in each category will be the long list, from the long list, judges and panelist will pick their top two--the short list. However, what about ties in the nominations? By such technicalities, all books nominated are on the long list. If those are counted in the top 5, the panelists will have some serious reading to do.

Longlist LGBT
1. Scars by Cheryl Rainfield (10 nominations)
2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green (5 nominations)
3. Krakow Melt by Daniel Allen Cox (3 nominations)

4. If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous (2 nominations)
4. Annabel by Kathleen Winter (2 nominations)

5. Wildthorn by Jane Egland (1 nomination)
5. The Glass Minstrel by Hayden Thorn  (1 nomination)
5. Missed Her by Ivan Coyote (1 nomination)
5. Mary Ann in Autumn by Armistead Maupin (1 nomination)
5. Handmade Love by Julie R. Enszer. (1 nomination)
5. The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu (1 nomination)
5. Half-Empty by David Rakoff  (1 nomination)
5. The Carousel by Stafani Deoul (1 nomination)
5. London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp (1 nomination)
5. Rhythm And Blues by Jill Murray (1 nomination)

Longlist Literary
1. Room by Emma Donoghue (7 nominations)
2. Safe From the Sea by Peter Geye (4 nominations)
3. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (3 nominations)

4. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (2 nominations)
4. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (2 nominations)
4. Great House by Nicole Krauss (2 nominations)
4. C by Tom McCarthy (2 nominations)
4. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (2 nominations)
4. So Much For That by Lionel Shriver (2 nominations)

5. Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian (1 nomination)
5. How To Be An American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway (1 nomination)
5. Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong (1 nomination)
5. Saints in Limbo by River Jordan (1 nomination)
5. The Passage by Justin Cronin (1 nomination)
5. Mockingjay by Susanne Collins (1 nomination)
5. How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu (1 nomination)
5. Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas (1 nomination)
5. Circus Bulgaria by Deyan Enev (1 nomination)
5. Eddie Signwriter by Adam Schwartzman (1 nomination)
5. Finny by Justin Kramon (1 nomination)
5. Courage in Patience by Fehlbaum (1 nomination)
5. Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi (1 nomination)
5. Misadventure by Millard Kaufman (1 nomination)
5. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter (1 nomination)
5. Revenge: A Fable by Taslima Nasrin (1 nomination)
5. A Visit From the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan (1 nomination)
5. Annabel by Kathleen Winter (1 nomination)
5. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (1 nomination)
5. The Irresistible Henry House, by Lisa Grunwald (1 nomination)
5. The Invisible Bridge” by Julie Orringer (1 nomination)
5. Banned For Life by D.R. Haney (1 nomination)
5. The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman (1 nomination)

Longlist Mystery
1. Faithful Place by Tana French (2 nominations)
1. The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley (2 nominations)

2. God of the Hive by Laurie King (1 nomination)
2. Caught by Harlan Coben (1 nomination)
2. Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi (1 nomination)
2. Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer (1 nomination)
2. An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd (1 nomination)
2. In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan (1 nomination)

Longlist Nonfiction
1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (5 nominations)

2. Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell (2 nominations)
2. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (2 nominations)

3. In the Land of Believers by a Welch (1 nomination)
3. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim (1 nomination)
3. Who Made God? by Prof. Edgar Andrews (1 nomination)
3. Working In the Shadows by Gabriel Thompson  (1 nomination)
3. Mentor: A Memoir by Tom Grimes  (1 nomination)
3. The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris (1 nomination)
3. News to Me by Laurie Hertzel  (1 nomination)
3. Beauty Shop Politics by Tiffany M. Gill  (1 nomination)
3. Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff (1 nomination)
3. Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness by Ariel Gore (1 nomination)
3. Why God Matters by Karina Lumbert Fabian and Deacon Steven Lumbert (1 nomination)
3. Thumbing Through Thoreau y Kenny Luck and illustrated by Jay Luke and Ren Adams (1 nomination)
3. Balthazar Jones And The Tower Of London Zoo (1 nomination)
3. Tattoos on the Heart by Father Gregory Boyle (1 nomination)
3. War by Sebastian Junger (1 nomination)
3. Lit by Mary Karr (1 nomination)
3. At Home by Bill Bryson (1 nomination)
3. Nothing to Envy : Real lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (1 nomination)
3. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal (1 nomination)
3. The Right to be Out by Stuart Biegel (1 nomination)
3. The Tiger by John Vaillant (1 nomination)

Longlist Speculative
1. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (3 nominations)

2.Kraken by China Mieville (2 nominations)

3. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (1 nomination)
3. Corvus by Paul Kearney (1 nomination)
3. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (1 nomination)
3. CassaStar by Alex J. Cavenaugh (1 nomination)
3. The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight by Gina Ochsner (1 nomination)
3. The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (1 nomination)
3. Dante’s Journey by JC Marino (1 nomination)
3. Light of Asteria: Kailmeyra’s Last Hope by Elizabeth Isaacs (1 nomination)
3. Knightley Academy by Violet Haberdasher (1 nomination)
3. The Passage by Justin Cronin (1 nomination)
3. The Book by M. Clifford (1 nomination)
3. Black Out by Connie Willis (1 nomination)
3. Dreadnought by Cherie Priest (1 nomination)

What will the results be? Especially with so many books? Yet, one can never have too many books.


  1. How exciting! Thank you to whomever nominated us. What an honor--an what great competition!

    Karina Fabian

  2. Thanks for giving bloggers a voice in the awards world.

  3. Oh my! This is so crazy amazing!! The Indie Lit Award Longlist? Really?? (pinch me, pinch me)

    Thank you for whoever nominated my book, In The Belly Of Jonah, in the Longlist Mystery category. Woot woot!! (Okay... you'd think my mother never taught me any manners, huh?) What an honor!

    Sandra Brannan

  4. Wow, how did my book make this list??? Too cool!

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