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Sunday, November 6, 2016


The annual National Book Awards will be presented in New York City on November 16 (this blog will post winners on November 27). Winners will be posted after the awards ceremonies on the National Book Foundation website

Today, 11 days before the awards ceremony, judges have cut the list of finalists from 40 to a group of 20.  Prizes are offered in four categories: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and young people's literature.

Each winning author per category will be awarded $10,000.

Fiction Nominees
Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special
Paulette Jiles, News of the World
Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn

Nonfiction Nominees
--Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
--Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
--Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
--Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
--Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Poetry Nominees
Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human
Rita Dove, Collected Poems 1974 – 2004
Peter Gizzi, Archeophonics
Jay Hopler, The Abridged History of Rainfall
Solmaz Sharif, Look

Young People's Literature Nominees
Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell, March: Book Three
Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver
Jason Reynolds, Ghost
Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

The National Book Awards are a set of annual U.S. literary awards. At the final National Book Awards Ceremony every November, the National Book Foundation presents the National Book Awards and two lifetime achievement awards to authors.

Lisa Lucas, publisher 
of Guernica magazine, 
was named executive 
director of the National 
Book Foundation on 
March 14, 2016.
Photo: Beowulf Sheehan/Courtesy of Lisa Lucas
The National Book Awards were established in 1936 by the American Booksellers Association, abandoned during World War II, and re-established by three book industry organizations in 1950. Non-U.S. authors and publishers were eligible for the pre-war awards. Now they are presented to U.S. authors for books published in the United States roughly during the award year.

The nonprofit National Book Foundation was established in 1988 to administer and enhance the National Book Awards and "move beyond [them] into the fields of education and literacy", primarily by sponsoring public appearances by writers. Its mission is "to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America."

In 2010, there were 1,115 books nominated for the four award categories, led by the Nonfiction category with 435 nominations. The 2011 ceremony was held on November 16 in New York City.—Wikipedia.

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