The 2019 finalists for the National Book Award have been announced: twenty-five finalists in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.
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Marlon James in a finalist in Fiction for Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House), as is Laila Lalami for The Other Americans (Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House).
Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House (Grove Press / Grove Atlantic) is a finalist in Nonfiction, as is David Treuer’s The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present (Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House).
Jericho Brown is a finalist in Poetry for The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press), along with Carmen GimÃ©nez Smith’s Be Recorder (Graywolf Press).
The finalists in Translated Literature include LÃ¡szlÃ³ Krasznahorkai’s Baron Wenckheimâ€™s Homecoming, translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet (New Directions) and Yoko Ogawa’s The Memory Police, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder (Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House).
Young People’s Litereature includes Jason Reynolds’ Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster) and Laura Ruby’s Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All (Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers).
Winners will be announced at the 70th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 20, which will be streamed live on the NBA’s Facebook page and website.