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October 8, 2019, 10:40am

Here are the 25 finalists up for the National Book Awards in of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature:

Finalists for Fiction:

Trust Exercise_Susan ChoiSusan Choi, Trust Exercise
Henry Holt and Company / Macmillan Publishers

Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Sabrina & CorinaKali Fajardo-Anstine, Sabrina & Corina: Stories
One World / Penguin Random House

marlon james, black leopard red wolfMarlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

The Other AmericansLaila Lalami, The Other Americans
Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House

Julia Phillips, Disappearing Earth
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House


Finalists for Nonfiction:

Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House
Grove Press / Grove Atlantic

thickTressie McMillan Cottom
, Thick: And Other Essays
The New Press

Carolyn Forché, What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and ResistanceCarolyn Forché
, What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance
Penguin Press / Penguin Random House

The Heartbeat of Wounded KneeDavid Treuer
, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

woodfox solitaryAlbert Woodfox
with Leslie George, Solitary
Grove Press / Grove Atlantic


Finalists for Poetry:

Jericho Brown, The TraditionJericho Brown, The Tradition
Copper Canyon Press

Toi Derricotte, “I”: New and Selected PoemsToi Derricotte, “I”: New and Selected Poems
University of Pittsburgh Press

Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf RepublicIlya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic
Graywolf Press

Carmen Giménez Smith, Be RecorderCarmen Giménez Smith, Be Recorder
Graywolf Press

Arthur Sze, Sight LinesArthur Sze, Sight Lines
Copper Canyon Press


Finalists for Translated Literature:

Khaled Khalifa, Death is Hard WorkKhaled Khalifa, Death Is Hard Work
Translated from the Arabic by Leri Price
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

Baron Wenckheim's HomecomingLászló Krasznahorkai, Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming
Translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet
New Directions

Scholastique Mukasonga, The Barefoot WomanScholastique Mukasonga, The Barefoot Woman
Translated from the French by Jordan Stump
Archipelago Books

memory policeYoko Ogawa, The Memory Police
Translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder
Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House

Pajtim Statovci, CrossingPajtim Statovci, Crossing
Translated from the Finnish by David Hackston
Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House


Finalists for Young People’s Literature:

petAkwaeke Emezi, Pet
Make Me a World / Penguin Random House

Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten BlocksJason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster

Randy Ribay, Patron Saints of NothingRandy Ribay, Patron Saints of Nothing
Kokila / Penguin Random House 

Laura Ruby, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them AllLaura Ruby, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers

Martin W. Sandler, 1919: The Year That Changed AmericaMartin W. Sandler, 1919 The Year That Changed America
Bloomsbury Children’s Books / Bloomsbury Publishing

The Winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 20 at the 70th National Book Awards Ceremony which is hosted by LeVar Burton. Two lifetime achievement awards will also be presented at the Awards dinner: Edmund White will be recognized with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, presented by John Waters, and Oren J. Teicher will receive the Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, presented by Ann Patchett. Congrats to the finalists!

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