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2016 National Book Award Finalists

October 6, 2016

The finalists for this year's National Book Award have been announced, comprised of the best literature from the last year. Five finalists remain in the running in each of the four categories - Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature - and a winner from each will be selected and announced on November 16. Each winner will be awarded with a medal, statue and $10,000. 

Take a gander at the finalists in each category below, then visit our catalog to check out and read some of them for yourself!


The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson



Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson



The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutsky

Collected Poems 1974-2004 by Rita Dove

Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi

The Abridged History of Rainfall by Jay Hopler

Look by Solmaz Sharif


Young People's Literature

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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