2019 National Book Award Finalists Announced

Earlier this morning, the National Book Foundation announced its 2019 finalists. Find them below, listed by category and linked to their Booklist reviews when available. The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of November 19. We will all be tweeting out the winners, so be sure to follow along at www.twitter.com/ALA_Booklist!


Black Leopard, Red Wolf, by Marlon James

Disappearing Earth, by Julia Phillips

The Other Americans, by Laila Lalami

Sabrina and Corina, by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Trust Exercise, by Susan Choi


The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present, by David Treuer

Solitary, by Albert Woodfox and Leslie George

Thick: And Other Essays, by Tressie McMillan Cottom

What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance, by Carolyn Forché

The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom

Translated Literature

The Barefoot Woman, by Scholastique Mukasonga and translated by Jordan Stump

Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming, by László Krasznahorkai and translated by Ottilie Mulzet

Crossing, by Pajtim Statovci and translated by David Hackston

Death Is Hard Work, by Khaled Khalifa and translated by Leri Price

The Memory Police, by Yoko Ogawa and translated by Stephen Snyder


Be Recorder, by Carmen Giménez Smith

Deaf Republic, by Ilya Kaminsky

“I”: New and Selected Poems, by Toi Derricotte

Sight Lines, by Arthur Sze

The Tradition, by Jericho Brown

Young People’s Literature

1919: The Year That Changed America, by Martin W. Sandler

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, by Jason Reynolds

Patron Saints of Nothing, by Randy Ribay

Pet, by Akwaeke Emezi

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All, by Laura Ruby


About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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