2019 National Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead) is a finalist in the Fiction category. The Young People’s Literature category includes Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (Make Me A World) and Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby (Balzer & Bray). The Translated Literature category includes The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Steven Snyder (Pantheon).

Finalists for non-fiction and poetry were also announced.

The 2019 fiction judges are Dorothy Allison, Ruth Dickey, Javier Ramirez, Danzy Senna (chair), and Jeff VanderMeer. The 2019 Translated Literature judges are Keith Gessen, Elisabeth Jaquette, Katie Kitamura, Idra Novey (chair), and Shuchi Saraswat. The 2019 Young People’s Literature judges are Elana K. Arnold, Kristen Gilligan, Varian Johnson, An Na (chair), and Deborah Taylor.

Winners will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 20, 2019 in New York City. Each finalist will receive a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation; each of the category winners will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture.

For more information, including announcement dates and the complete lists of finalists, see the National Book Foundation site.

[This post was edited on 10/10/2019 to include Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby (Balzer & Bray) in the Young People’s Literature category.]

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