Here Are All This Year’s National Book Award Nominees

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Here Are All This Year’s National Book Award Nominees

The National Book Foundation has been unveiling 2017’s National Book Award nominees one category at a time this week, and with today’s unveiling of the fiction longlist, we now have a complete picture of this year’s contenders.

The four categories—Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature—feature 10 nominees each, for a total of 40 would-be winners. The next round of finalists will be revealed on Oct. 4, and the winners on Nov. 15. That should give you plenty of time to get reading.

Find the full list of nominees below, and revisit Paste’s recent coverage of Fiction nominees Lisa Ko and Min Jin Lee, Nonfiction nominee Erica Armstrong Dunbar, and Young People’s Literature nominees Angie Thomas and Ibi Zoboi.

Elliot Ackerman: Dark at the Crossing
Daniel Alarcón: The King Is Always Above the People: Stories
Charmaine Craig: Miss Burma
Jennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach
Lisa Ko: The Leavers
Min Jin Lee: Pachinko
Carmen Maria Machado: Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton: A Kind of Freedom
Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing
Carol Zoref: Barren Island

Erica Armstrong Dunbar: Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Frances FitzGerald: The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
James Forman Jr.: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
Masha Gessen: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
David Grann: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Naomi Klein: No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
Richard Rothstein: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Kevin Young: Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

Frank Bidart: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016
Chen Chen: When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
Leslie Harrison: The Book of Endings
Marie Howe: Magdalene: Poems
Laura Kasischke: Where Now: New and Selected Poems
Layli Long Soldier: WHEREAS
Shane McCrae: In the Language of My Captor
Sherod Santos: Square Inch Hours
Danez Smith: Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems
Mai Der Vang: Afterland

Young People’s Literature
Elana K. Arnold: What Girls Are Made Of
Robin Benway: Far from the Tree
Samantha Mabry: All the Wind in the World
Mitali Perkins: You Bring the Distant Near
Jason Reynolds: Long Way Down
Erika L. Sánchez: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Laurel Snyder: Orphan Island
Angie Thomas: The Hate U Give
Rita Williams-Garcia: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Ibi Zoboi: American Street

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