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 Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing
Lisa Ko, The Leavers
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing
The finalists in the Young People’s Literature Category are:
Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made of
Robin Benway, Far from the Tree
Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Ibi Zoboi, American 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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