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National Book Awards Finalists Announced


The National Book Foundation has announced its twenty-five finalists in five categories for the organization's National Book Awards. The finalists in each category follow:


Finalists for Fiction:


  • Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind Ecco / HarperCollins Publishers

  • Lydia Millet, A Children’s Bible W. W. Norton & Company

  • Deesha Philyaw, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies West Virginia University Press

  • Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain Grove Press / Grove Atlantic

  • Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House


Finalists for Nonfiction:


  • Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The Undocumented Americans One World / Penguin Random House

  • Les Payne and Tamara Payne, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company

  • Claudio Saunt, Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory W. W. Norton & Company

  • Jenn Shapland, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers Tin House Books

  • Jerald Walker, How to Make a Slave and Other Essays Mad Creek Books / The Ohio State University Press


Finalists for Poetry:


  • Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, A Treatise on Stars New Directions

  • Tommye Blount, Fantasia for the Man in Blue Four Way Books

  • Don Mee Choi, DMZ Colony Wave Books

  • Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha Omnidawn Publishing

  • Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem Graywolf Press


Finalists for Translated Literature:


  • Anja Kampmann, High as the Waters Rise Translated from the German by Anne Posten Catapult

  • Jonas Hassen Khemiri, The Family Clause Translated from the Swedish by Alice Menzies Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

  • Yu Miri, Tokyo Ueno Station Translated from the Japanese by Morgan Giles Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

  • Pilar Quintana, The Bitch Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman World Editions

  • Adania Shibli, Minor Detail Translated from the Arabic by Elisabeth Jaquette New Directions


Finalists for Young People’s Literature:


  • Kacen Callender, King and the Dragonflies Scholastic Press / Scholastic Inc.

  • Traci Chee, We Are Not Free Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

  • Candice Iloh, Every Body Looking Dutton Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

  • Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, When Stars Are Scattered Dial Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

  • Gavriel Savit, The Way Back Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House


These finalists were narrowed down from a long list of ten writers in each category (for more on how the lists are arrived at, click here). The National Book Awards Ceremony is held in November, and the panel of judges in each category meets before the ceremony begins to select the winner. Winners are not announced until the Ceremony.


(Image in the public domain and courtesy of the Birmingham Public Library)

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