2015 National Book Award Finalists

National-BOOK-Award-The 2015 finalists for the National Book Awards were announced this morning. This Little Life, Between the World and Me, How to Be Drawn, and Nimona appear to be the favorites of their respective categories, according to NPR columnist Colin Dwyer. All the finalists are listed below, linked to their Booklist review where available.


fates and furiesFinalists for Fiction

A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff

Fortune Smiles: Stories, by Adam Johnson

Refund: Stories, by Karen E. Bender

The Turner Houseby Angela Flournoy


oceans were inkFinalists for Nonfiction

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, by Sally Mann

If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran, by Carla Power

Ordinary Light: A Memoir, by Tracy K. Smith

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousnessby Sy Montgomery


catalogFinalists for Poetry

Bright Dead Things, by Ada Limón

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, by Ross Gay

Elegy for a Broken Machine, by Patrick Phillips

How to Be Drawn, by Terrance Hayes

Voyage of the Sable Venus, by Robin Coste Lewis


nionaFinalists for Young People’s Literature

Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby

Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, by Steve Sheinkin

Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

The Thing about Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin



About the Author:

Allegra Wozniak served as a Booklist intern in fall 2015. She is a senior at Lake Forest College studying English literature and print and digital publishing. Besides reading, her favorite thing to do is eat Little Caesars breadsticks and watch the Mad Max movies with her dog, Mango.

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