The 2017 National Book Awards: the Finalists

This morning the National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young Peoples’ Literature.

Selected from these lists of five finalists in each category, the winners will be named at the annual National Book Awards ceremony on November 15, 2017.


Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing (Knopf / Penguin Random House)





Lisa Ko, The Leavers (Algonquin Books / Workman Publishing)

Read Katherine A. Powers’s review.





Min Jin Lee, Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group)





Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories (Graywolf Press)





Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner / Simon & Schuster)

Listen to our interview with Jesmyn Ward on the B&N Podcast.






Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (Atria/37 INK/Simon & Schuster)





Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (Simon & Schuster)

Read Hamilton Cain’s review.




Masha Gessen, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia (Riverhead Books /Penguin Random House)





David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Doubleday /Penguin Random House)

 Read Peter Lewis’s review.




Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (Viking /Penguin Random House)






Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers)

Read Troy Jollimore on the poetry of Frank Bidart.




Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings (University of Akron Press)






Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS (Graywolf Press)





Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press)





Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems (Graywolf Press)






Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of (Carolrhoda Lab / Lerner Publishing Group)





Robin Benway, Far from the Tree (HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers)





Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House)





Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (Amistad / HarperCollins Publishers)





Ibi Zoboi, American Street (Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers)

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