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    Here are the 2023 National Book Award finalists.

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    October 3, 2023, 10:15am

    Today, the National Book Foundation announced their finalists for the 2023 National Book Awards in five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.

    Five winners will be selected from the twenty-five finalists and announced on Wednesday, November 15 at the 74th National Book Awards, featuring special guest Oprah Winfrey, Rita Dove, and Paul Yamazaki,. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and a bronze medal; each winner will receive $10,000 and a bronze medal and statue. (In the Translated Literature category, the prizes will be split between author and translator.)

    Here are the finalists:


    Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Chain-Gang All-Stars
    Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House

    Aaliyah Bilal, Temple Folk
    Simon & Schuster

    Paul Harding, This Other Eden
    W. W. Norton & Company

    Hanna Pylväinen, The End of Drum-Time
    Henry Holt and Company / Macmillan Publishers

    Justin Torres, Blackouts
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers



    Ned Blackhawk, The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History
    Yale University Press

    Cristina Rivera Garza, Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice
    Hogarth / Penguin Random House

    Christina Sharpe, Ordinary Notes
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

    Raja Shehadeh, We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I: A Palestinian Memoir
    Other Press

    John Vaillant, Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World
    Knopf / Penguin Random House



    John Lee Clark, How to Communicate
    W. W. Norton & Company

    Craig Santos Perez, from unincorporated territory [åmot]
    Omnidawn Publishing

    Evie Shockley, suddenly we
    Wesleyan University Press

    Brandon Som, Tripas
    Georgia Review Books / University of Georgia Press

    Monica Youn, From From
    Graywolf Press



    Bora Chung, Cursed Bunny
    Translated from the Korean by Anton Hur
    Algonquin Books / Hachette Book Group

    David Diop, Beyond the Door of No Return
    Translated from the French by Sam Taylor
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

    Stênio Gardel, The Words That Remain
    Translated from the Portuguese by Bruna Dantas Lobato
    New Vessel Press

    Pilar Quintana, Abyss
    Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman
    World Editions

    Astrid Roemer, On a Woman’s Madness
    Translated from the Dutch by Lucy Scott
    Two Lines Press



    Kenneth M. Cadow, Gather
    Candlewick Press

    Huda Fahmy, Huda F Cares?
    Dial Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

    Vashti Harrison, Big
    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette Book Group

    Katherine Marsh, The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine
    Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan Publishers

    Dan Santat, A First Time for Everything
    First Second / Macmillan Publishers

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