2017 National Book Awards: The Finalists Are Here!

Via BuzzFeed

The National Book Award begins with 1,500 books, submitted by publishers around the United States.  From these, a long list is developed–on which we gleefully reported some weeks ago.  And last week, the finalists for the 2017 National Book Award were announced.

Additionally, it was announced that Annie Proulx, who has already won a National Book Award for The Shipping News, will be honored this year with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the National Book Award’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Free For All would like to congratulate the short-listed nominees–and we’ll be eagerly celebrating the eventual winners of the National Book Award when the are announced on November 15 in New York City!


Fiction

Elliot Ackerman: Dark at the Crossing
Lisa Ko: The Leavers
Min Jin Lee: Pachinko
Carmen Maria Machado: Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing

Nonfiction

Erica Armstrong Dunbar: Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Frances FitzGerald: The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
Masha Gessen: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
David Grann: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Poetry

Frank Bidart: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016
Leslie Harrison: The Book of Endings (Check with your friendly Reference Librarian to request this book through the Commonwealth Catalog!)
Layli Long Soldier: WHEREAS
Shane McCrae: In the Language of My Captor (Check with your friendly Reference Librarian to request this book through the Commonwealth Catalog!)
Danez Smith: Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems (Check with your friendly Reference Librarian to request this book through the Commonwealth Catalog!)

Young People’s Literature

Elana K. Arnold: What Girls Are Made Of (Check with your friendly Reference Librarian to request this book through the Commonwealth Catalog!)
Robin Benway: Far from the Tree
Erika L. Sánchez: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Rita Williams-Garcia: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Ibi Zoboi: American Street

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