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National Book Award Finalists for 2011 Announced today!

The National Book Foundation has named their picks for this year’s National Book award in four categories, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The winner of each category will be announced at a gala dinner on November 16th. Check out what Booklist reviews had to say about the selections below!


The Sojourn By Andrew Krivak

The Tiger’s Wife By Téa Obreht

The Buddha in the Attic By Julie Otsuka

Binocular Vision By Edith Pearlman

Salvage the Bones By Jesmyn Ward


The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism By Deborah Baker

Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution By Mary Gabriel

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern By Stephen Greenblatt

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention By Manning Marable

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout By Lauren Redniss


Head Off & Split By Nikky Finney

The Chameleon Couch By Yusef Komunyakaa

Double Shadow By Carl Phillips

Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010 By Adrienne Rich

Devotions By Bruce Smith

Young People’s Literature

Chime By Franny Billingsley

My Name Is Not Easy By Debby Dahl Edwardson

Inside Out and Back Again By Thanhha Lai

Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy By Albert Marrin

Okay for Now By Gary D. Schmidt



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When Sarah Hunter is not reading for her job as senior editor at Booklist, she's baking something tasty or planning trips to the Pacific Northwest. Follow her on Twitter at @SarahBearHunter.

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