These Are The 2016 National Book Award Finalists

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From a group of forty, the finalists for the National Book Awards have been whittled to just 50 % that variety. The National Book Foundation produced its shortlists Thursday for its annual prize in four types: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and younger people’s literature.

Between the novelists, scholars, poets and illustrators listed under, some — these types of as Jacqueline Woodson, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Rita Dove — are no strangers to literary laurels. Dove, a former U.S. poet laureate, brings the heft of three decades of poems — though Nguyen has racked up a raft of honors over a occupation much more short (so significantly). In the meantime, Woodson is now just one phase from returning to the phase she took in 2014, when she gained the National Book Award for younger people’s literature, for Brown Female Dreaming.

Nevertheless, the lists function more than just previous awards-season favorites. Solmaz Sharif, a lecturer at Stanford, has acquired the nod for her very first poetry assortment, though it can be Nicola Yoon’s 2nd novel, The Solar Is Also a Star, that built this year’s shortlist for younger people’s literature.

Further than a medal, a statue and adoring gazes, the profitable writer in each and every category also gets $ten,000. Winners for all four types will be introduced on Nov. 16 in New York Town.

In the meantime, just one winner has been made the decision now: Robert A. Caro, who has acquired the medal for distinguished contribution to American letters — the National Book Awards’ edition of a life time achievement honor. The Pulitzer- (and National Book Award- and National Book Critics Circle Award-) profitable biographer will obtain his award on the identical evening.


Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Unique
Paulette Jiles, Information of the Planet
Karan Mahajan, The Association of Modest Bombs
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
Jacqueline Woodson, A different Brooklyn


Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Personal Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Proper
Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Starting: The Definitive Record of Racist Strategies in The us
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing At any time Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Tale of Indian Enslavement in The us
Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the H2o: The Attica Jail Rebellion of 1971 and Its Legacy


Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Turning into Human
Rita Dove, Collected Poems 1974 – 2004
Peter Gizzi, Archeophonics
Jay Hopler, The Abridged Record of Rainfall
Solmaz Sharif, Glance

Young People’s Literature

Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell, March: Book A few
Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver
Jason Reynolds, Ghost
Nicola Yoon, The Solar Is Also a Star