National Book Awards Finalists Revealed

By Dianna Dilworth 

The National Book Foundation has revealed the 20 finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.

The finalists were selected by a panel of literary experts in September. The winners will be revealed on November 16 at the 67th National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Winners receive $10,000 and a bronze medal and statue. Finalists receive $1,000 and a bronze medal.

We have the lists of finalists for you after the jump.

Finalists for Fiction
Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special, published by W. W. Norton & Company
Paulette Jiles, News of the World, published by William Morrow / HarperCollinsPublishers
Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs, published by Viking Books / Penguin Random House
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad, published by Doubleday / Penguin Random House
Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn, published by Amistad / HarperCollinsPublishers

Finalists for Nonfiction
Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, published by The New Press
Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, published by Nation Books
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, published by Harvard University Press
Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, published by Pantheon / Penguin Random House

Finalists for Poetry
Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human, published by Brooklyn Arts Press
Rita Dove, Collected Poems 1974 – 2004, published by W. W. Norton & Company
Peter Gizzi, Archeophonics, published by Wesleyan University Press
Jay Hopler, The Abridged History of Rainfall, published by McSweeney’s
Solmaz Sharif, Look, published by Graywolf Press

Finalists for Young People’s Literature
Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale, published by Candlewick Press
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell, March: Book Three, published by Top Shelf Productions / IDW Publishing
Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette Book Group
Jason Reynolds, Ghost, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star, published by Delacorte Press / Penguin Random House