2016 National Book Award Finalists Released

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
2016 National Book Award Finalists Released
2016 National Book Award Finalists Released

The National Book Foundation has announced the National Book Award shortlists for 2016.  The awards, which were first awarded in 1935, are given out in four categories; Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature, with the winners to be announced on November 16.

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The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder

News of the World by Paulette Jiles 

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson


Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi 

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson 


The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky

Collected Poems 1974–2004 by Rita Dove 

Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi 

The Abridged History of Rainfall by Jay Hopler

Look by Solmaz Sharif 


Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo 

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon