The National Book Award finalists were announced this morning on NPR! Among the more genre-heavy books selected were Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic traveling Shakespeare troupe mystery Station Eleven, and John Corey Whaley’s Noggin, about a teenager who is resurrected from death when his head gets reattached to a new body.
Several Macmillan titles also made the list, including Marilynne Robinson’s Lila, Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night, and Steve Sheinkin’s The Port Chicago 50. Congratulations to all the honorees!
- Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press/Grove/Atlantic)
- Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)
- Phil Klay, Redeployment (The Penguin Press/Penguin Group (USA))
- Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
- Marilynne Robinson, Lila (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (Bloomsbury)
- Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company)
- John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (W.W. Norton & Company)
- Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence (Liveright Publishing Corporation/W.W. Norton & Company)
- Louise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous Night (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Fanny Howe, Second Childhood (Graywolf Press)
- Maureen N. McLane, This Blue (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Fred Moten, The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions)
- Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press)
Young People’s Literature:
- Eliot Schrefer, Threatened (Scholastic Press)
- Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Publishers)
- John Corey Whaley, Noggin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
- Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic Press)
- Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Group (USA))
The National Book Award winners will be announced on November 19.