Twenty-five Finalists to contend for National Book Awards in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature

Finalists for Fiction:

• Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind Ecco / HarperCollins Publishers

• Lydia Millet, A Children’s Bible W. W. Norton & Company

• Deesha Philyaw, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies West Virginia University Press

• Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain Grove Press / Grove Atlantic

• Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House

Finalists for Nonfiction:

• Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The Undocumented Americans One World / Penguin Random House

• Les Payne and Tamara Payne, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company

• Claudio Saunt, Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory W. W. Norton & Company

• Jenn Shapland, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers Tin House Books

• Jerald Walker, How to Make a Slave and Other Essays Mad Creek Books / The Ohio State University Press

Finalists for Poetry:

• Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, A Treatise on Stars New Directions

• Tommye Blount, Fantasia for the Man in Blue Four Way Books

• Don Mee Choi, DMZ Colony Wave Books

• Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha Omnidawn Publishing

• Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem Graywolf Press Finalists for

Translated Literature:

• Anja Kampmann, High as the Waters Rise Translated from the German by Anne Posten Catapult

• Jonas Hassen Khemiri, The Family Clause Translated from the Swedish by Alice Menzies Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

• Yu Miri, Tokyo Ueno Station Translated from the Japanese by Morgan Giles Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

• Pilar Quintana, The Bitch Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman World Editions

• Adania Shibli, Minor Detail Translated from the Arabic by Elisabeth Jaquette New Directions

Finalists for Young People’s Literature:

• Kacen Callender, King and the Dragonflies Scholastic Press / Scholastic Inc.

• Traci Chee, We Are Not Free Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

• Candice Iloh, Every Body Looking Dutton Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

• Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, When Stars Are Scattered Dial Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

• Gavriel Savit, The Way Back Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House 

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