This morning, the four shortlists for the 2017 National Book Award were announced!

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  • Dark at the Crossing, by Elliot Ackerman (
  • The Leavers, by Lisa Ko (
  • Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee (
  • Her Body and Other Parties: Stories, by Carmen Maria Machado (
  • A Kind of Freedom, by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward (

Fiction Judges: Alexander Chee, Dave Eggers, Annie Philbrick, Karolina Waclawiak, Jacqueline Woodson (Chair)


  • Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (
  • The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America, by Frances FitzGerald (
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, by Masha Gessen (
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann (
  • Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, by Nancy MacLean (

Nonfiction Judges: Steve Bercu, Jeff Chang, Ruth Franklin, Paula J. Giddings (Chair), Valeria Luiselli


  • Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965 – 2016, by Frank Bidart (
  • The Book of Endings, by Leslie Harrison (
  • WHEREAS, by Layli Long Soldier (
  • In the Language of My Captor, by Shane McCrae (
  • Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems, by Danez Smith (
  • Poetry Judges: Nick Flynn, Jane Mead, Gregory Pardio, Richard Siken, Monica Youn (Chair)

Young People’s Literature

  • What Girls Are Made Of, by Elana K. Arnold (
  • Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway (
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sánchez (
  • Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, by Rita Williams-Garcia (
  • American Street, by Ibi Zoobi (

Young People’s Literature Judges: Suzanna Hermans, Brendan Kiely, Kekla Magoon, Meg Medina (Chair), Alex Sanchez

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