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See the 25 finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards

The foundation announced five finalists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people's literature earlier this morning.

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  • Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
  • Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
  • The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
  • Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips


  • The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
  • Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
  • What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance by Carolyn Forché
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer
  • Solitary by Albert Woodfox with Leslie George


  • The Tradition by Jericho Brown
  • “I”: New and Selected Poems by Toi Derricotte
  • Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky
  • Be Recorder by Carmen Giménez Smith
  • Sight Lines by Arthur Sze

Translated Literature

  • Death Is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa
    Translated from the Arabic by Leri Price
  • Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming by László Krasznahorkai
    Translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet
  • The Barefoot Woman by Scholastique Mukasonga
    Translated from the French by Jordan Stump
  • The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
    Translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder
  • Crossing by Pajtim Statovci
    Translated from the Finnish by David Hackston

Young People’s Literature

  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  • Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
  • 1919 The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler