Also on the lists: books by Graywolf Press and Coffee House Press.
Others on the longlist include Lisa Ko, Jennifer Egan, and Jesmyn Ward.
The longlist includes Kevin Young's "Bunk," which Graywolf will publish in November.
"History of Wolves" is set in northern Minnesota and goes head to head with George Saunders, Ali Smith, and others.
Three books published by Graywolf, including Smith's, are on the list
But stellar lineup also includes Pulitzer-winning historian, a romance writer, and others.
The author of the poetry collection "Hartley Field" will have a wildflower trail named after her in Hartley Field park.
John Smelcer was named a PEN finalist on Thursday. On Friday, one of the judges said on Twitter she's seeking to overturn his nomination.
Minneapolis poet Sun Yung Shin and St. Paul memoirist Kao Kalia Yang are both finalists.
The memoirist and poet canceled much of his fall tour due to his "complicated grief," but he says he'll be at the Fitz on Sept. 14.
The stunning lineup: Jesmyn Ward, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, Alan Alda and Dan Rather.
Her short story, "Glory," wins an O. Henry prize, and her story collection is longlisted for a Brooklyn Library Literary Prize.
Grief and depression have taken their toll, he says on Facebook. It's unclear yet if his planned Twin Cities appearance is affected.
The annual series will bring in three poets, two short-story writers, and three nonfiction writers over several weeks in the fall.
Liu Xiaobo's "June Fourth Elegies" was published by Graywolf Press
The St. Paul author writes about what it is like to be black in Minnesota.
Three of Smith's books have been published by Minneapolis' Graywolf Press, including the Pulitzer-winner "Life on Mars."
Minneapolis author seeds Little Free Libraries with "Kindness Boomerangs" from Indonesian schoolchildren.
The city of St. Paul has been wild about poetry for many years
Yang is a finalist for her latest memoir, "The Song Poet."