National Book Award Finalists Announced. Congrats Gene Luen Yang!

The finalists for this year’s National Book Award have just been announced and Gene Luen Yang’s latest YA graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, has emerged as a contender in the “Young People’s Literature” category!

Yang’s previous book, American Born Chinese, was the first graphic novel to be a finalist for an NBA in that category. In his latest work, an innovative two-volume novel, Yang tackles thorny issues of Chinese history, vengeance, and faith through the interlocking stories of two young people, one an iealistic revolutionary and the other a devout Christian pacifist. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

First established in 1936, the National Book Awards began recognizing Children’s Literature in 1969, a category that was then transformed into an award for “Young People’s Literature” in 1996. The winners will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony on November 20th.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

In the Young People’s Literature category:

  • Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
  • (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
  • Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck
  • (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
  • Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
  • Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)
  • Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)

In the Fiction category

In the Non-Fiction category:

  • Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
  • Wendy Lower, Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)

In the Poetry category:

Excerpts from all the finalists are available for free download on the National Book Awards site here.

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