The National Book Awards is Tonight

By Dianna Dilworth 

nationalbookawardTonight is the National Book Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. GalleyCat will be covering the event live on our GalleyCat Twitter feed and on this blog. You can also watch a live webcast of the event at this link.

At the ceremony last year, this GalleyCat editor interviewed author E.L. Doctorow, as well as authors Gene Luen Yang, Wendy Lower and Tom McNeal, and they all shared their advice for writers.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the National Book Awards finalists.

Fiction Finalists

Rabih AlameddineAn Unnecessary Woman

Anthony DoerrAll the Light We Cannot See

Phil KlayRedeployment

Emily St. John MandelStation Eleven

Marilynne RobinsonLila


Nonfiction finalists

Roz ChastCan’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Anand GopalNo Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

John LahrTennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

Evan OsnosAge of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Edward O. WilsonThe Meaning of Human Existence


Poetry Finalists

Louise GlückFaithful and Virtuous Night

Fanny HoweSecond Childhood

Maureen N. McLaneThis Blue

Fred MotenThe Feel Trio

Claudia RankineCitizen: An American Lyric


Young People’s Literature finalists

Eliot Schrefer, Threatened

Steve SheinkinThe Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

John Corey WhaleyNoggin

Deborah WilesRevolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two

Jacqueline WoodsonBrown Girl Dreaming