Announcing the National Book Award Finalists

Chris Schluep on October 04, 2017





Today the National Book Foundation announced its shortlists for the National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People's Literature, and Poetry. First given in 1950, previous winners of the National Book Award include Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Annie Proulx, and Charles Johnson. The winners will be announced at the Foundation's annual gala in November.

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Finalists for Fiction:

Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing - Knopf / Penguin Random House

Lisa Ko, The Leavers - Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill / Workman Publishing

Min Jin Lee, Pachinko - Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group

Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories - Graywolf Press

Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing - Scribner / Simon & Schuster


Finalists for Nonfiction:

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge - 37 INK / Atria / Simon & Schuster

Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America - Simon & Schuster

Masha Gessen, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia - Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - Doubleday / Penguin Random House

Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America - Viking / Penguin Random House


Finalists for Young People’s Literature:

Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of - Carolrhoda Lab / Lerner Publishing Group

Robin Benway, Far from the Tree - HarperTeen / HarperCollinsPublishers

Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground - Amistad / HarperCollinsPublishers

Ibi Zoboi, American Street - Balzer + Bray / HarperCollinsPublishers


Finalists for Poetry:

Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 - Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings - University of Akron Press

Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS - Graywolf Press

Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor - Wesleyan University Press

Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems - Graywolf Press


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