Yesterday they announced the winners of this year’s National Book Awards. Find them below, in red! The other finalists are in a less festive gray, but not because they are not worth checking out.

Fiction 6


  • Fortune Smiles: Stories, by Adam Johnson
  • Refund: Stories, by Karen E. Bender
  • The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
  • Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
  • A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

Nonfiction 2


  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Hold Still, by Sally Mann
  • The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonders of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery
  • If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran, by Carla Power
  • Ordinary Light, by Tracy K. Smith

Poetry 6


  • Voyage of the Sable Venus, by Robin Coste Lewis
  • Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, by Ross Gay
  • How to Be Drawn, by Terrance Hayes
  • Bright Dead Things, by Ada Limón
  • Elegy for a Broken Machine, by Patrick Phillips


Young People’s Literature

  • Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman
  • The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin
  • Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby
  • Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, by Steve Sheinkin
  • Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
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