Finalists for the National Book Awards Announced!

As the contest comes to an end, the finalists for the National Book Awards have been announced! The list includes incredible works of literature about everything from about a runaway slave, friendship, a non-fiction exploration on the Attica prison uprising, collected poetry, and many more. Here are the finalists!   

Finalists for Fiction:

Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special
W. W. Norton & Company

Paulette Jiles, News of the World
William Morrow

Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs
Viking Books

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn

Finalists for Nonfiction:

Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
The New Press

Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Nation Books

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Harvard University Press

Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Finalists for Poetry:

Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human
Brooklyn Arts Press

Rita Dove, Collected Poems 1974–2004
W. W. Norton & Company

Peter Gizzi, Archeophonics
Wesleyan University Press

Jay Hopler, The Abridged History of Rainfall

Solmaz Sharif, Look
Graywolf Press 

Finalists for Young People’s Literature:

Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale
Candlewick Press

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, March: Book Three
Top Shelf Productions

Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Jason Reynolds, Ghost
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star
Delacorte Press



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