The longlisted titles, from an entry field of 132 print and ebooks in the non-fiction category are:
- The Story of Australia's People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia, by Geoffrey Blainey and published by Penguin Books
- The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia, by Frank Bongiorno and published by Black Inc. Books
- Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather, by Karen Lamb and published by University of Queensland Press
- Australia's Boldest Experiment War and Reconstruction in the 1940s, by Stuart Macintyre and published by NewSouth Books
- Illicit Love Interracial Sex & Marriage in the United States & Australia, by Ann McGrath and published by University of Nebraska Press
- Across the Seas Australia's Response to Refugees: A History, by Klaus Neumann and published by Black Inc Books
- Mannix, by Brenda Niall and published by Text Publishing
- Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific 1939-45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War, by Yorick Smaal and published by Palgrave Macmillan
The shortlist will be announced in September. The winner of the 2016 CHASS Australia Prize for a Book will receive a cash prize of $3,500. The Prize, sponsored by Routledge, will be presented at the 2016 CHASS Australia Prizes Dinner on October 20 in Melbourne.The Prize will be awarded to the author whose book, in the opinion of the judges, contributes most to cultural and intellectual life in Australia.
The judges for the Book prize are Colin Steele FAHA, Emeritus Fellow, Australian National University (Chair); Ian Howie, Adjunct Professor, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University; Dr Katie Hughes, Associate Director - Learning, Teaching and Innovation, Monash College and President, The Australian Sociological Association; Dr Tom Karmel, Former Managing Director, National Centre for Vocational Education Research; and Professor Joseph Siracusa, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University and President, CHASS.