2021 National Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature categories have been announced, including titles and authors of genre interest.

The Fiction category includes Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Scribner), Matrix by Lauren Groff (Riverhead), Zorrie by Laird Hunt (Bloomsbury), and Hell of a Book by Jason Mott (Dutton).

The Translated Literature category includes When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut, translated by Adrian Nathan West (Pushkin).

The Young People’s Literature category includes Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Dutton Books For Young Readers), Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff (Dial), and Me (Moth) by Amber McBridge (Feiwel and Friends).

Finalists for non-fiction and poetry were also announced.

415 books were submitted for the Fiction category, 164 books for Translated Literature, and 344 books for Young People’s Literature. The 2021 Fiction judges are Alan Michael Parker, Emily Pullen, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Luis Alberto Urrea (chair), and Charles Yu. The Translated Literature judges are Jessie Chaffee, Madhu H. Kaza, Achy Obejas, Sergio de la Pava, and Stephen Snyder (chair). The Young People’s Literature judges are Pablo Cartaya (presenter), Traci Chee, Leslie Connor, Cathryn Mercier (chair), and Ibi Aanu Zoboi.

Winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony on November 17, 2021. Each category winners will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture.

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

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