Cocktail hour before last year’s National Book Awards ceremony and benefit dinner at Cipriani Wall Street restaurant, New York City. Photo from Internet by Karsten Moran for the New York Times.
The National Book Foundation announced five finalists in fiction for the 71st annual National Book Awards. It is one of the most diverse collections of fiction finalists in recent memory.
--Lydia Millet’s “A Children’s Bible” tells of a group of young people left to confront environmental disaster while the adults turn away.
--Deesha Philyaw’s multigenerational story of Black women “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies,”
--Rumaan Alam’s subtle and terrifying “Leave the World Behind,”
--Douglas Stuart’s working class family saga “Shuggie Bain,” and
--Charles Yu’s satire of stereotypes and Hollywood, “Interior Chinatown.”
Winners in each of the competitive categories receive $10,000. Judging panels of authors, critics and others in the bookselling community selected finalists from nearly 1,700 books submitted by publishers.
Winners will be announced during a YouTube online ceremony Nov. 18.