National Book Awards Finalists

Who will win the National Book Award this year? The National Book Foundation has recently narrowed down the titles from their mid-September “longlists” to make way for five finalists from each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature)! A winner from each category will be decided by judges and announced on November 20th. The awards, first established in 1936, celebrate literary excellence in America. Past winners include William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Elizabeth Bishop.

Flame ThrowersFiction Finalists

The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner

The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride

Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon

Tenth of December, by George Saunders

Book of AgesNonfiction Finalists

The Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, by Wendy Lower

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, by Alan Taylor

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief, by Lawrence Wright

Metaphysical DogPoetry Finalists

Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart

Stay, Illusion, by Lucie Brock-Broido

The Big Smoke, by Adrian Matejka

Black Aperture, by Matt Rasmussen

Incarnadine, by Mary Szybist

True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man SwampYoung People’s Literature Finalists

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt

The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata

Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal

Picture Me Gone, by Meg Rosoff

Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang

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