Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, contests and more!
Start Your Free Trial

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.

Fiction

  • 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

Nonfiction

  • 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

Poetry

  • 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

Advertisement