NOVA Alum Hal Schrieve on the Longlist for National Book Award

NOVA Alum Hal Schrieve on the Longlist for National Book Award

Hal Schrieve '10, center, returned to NOVA in April for a presentation and class visit.

Hal Schrieve '10 released hir debut novel, Out of Salem, this past spring. Since then, the richly metaphoric tale of "a genderqueer zombie teenager who bonds with an 'unregistered' werewolf in order to endure life in a town that won’t accept them" has received much acclaim. On September 16, Out of Salem was among the ten finalists named to the Longlist for the 2019 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Five finalists will be revealed on October 8, with the winner to be announced on November 20.

NOVA teacher Jason Gacek, who organized bringing Hal back to campus for an all-school presentation and class visit, noted, "I'd be surprised for anyone to earn this honor on their very first book, but certainly Hal has all the talents and ideas to make this possible. I think it's a completely deserved honor."

When asked what the honor meant to hir, Hal (who uses the pronouns xie/hir) said, "I am really excited that there are three LGBT titles on the longlist this year, two of them with trans protagonists! I hope that this recognition get my book to more trans teenagers and in more libraries."

To learn more about Out of Salem, visit the publisher's page at