National Book Award

15 of 20 National Book Award Finalists Are Female!

Female authors are killing it at the moment, with all five of the recently announced Five Under Thirty Five also women. Now, the National Book Award finalists have been announced and among the twenty finalists, throughout four categories, are fifteen women. That is pretty incredible. 


The finalists in the fiction category are:


Elliot AckermanDark at the Crossing

Lisa KoThe Leavers

Min Jin LeePachinko 

Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Jesmyn WardSing, Unburied, Sing


The finalists in the Young People’s Literature Category are: 


Elana K. ArnoldWhat Girls Are Made of

Robin BenwayFar from the Tree

Erika L. SánchezI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Ibi ZoboiAmerican Street


Check out all the categories on the full list here


Annie Proulx, previously won a National Book Award for The Shipping News, will be honored this year with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters while the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community will be bestowed upon president and CEO of Scholastic, Dick Robinson.


The category winners will be announced on November 15th in New York City.


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