Thursday, October 13, 2011

National Book Awards Finalists Announced

The National Book Awards Finalists were announced yesterday. Twenty were announced during the broadcast and one in the Young People's Literature category was added later.

Young People’s Literature

  • Debby Dahl Edwardson - My Name is Not Easy (Marshall Cavendish)
  • Thanhha Lai - Inside Out & Back Again (Harper/HarperCollins)
  • Albert Marrin - Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House)
  • Lauren Myracle - Shine (Amulet/Abrams)
  • Gary D. Schmidt - Okay for Now (Clarion/HMH)
  • Franny Billingsley - Chime (Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc.)*

*this finalist was added after the broadcast

Non Fiction

  • Deborah Baker - The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism (Graywolf Press)
  • Mary Gabriel - Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution ( Little, Brown & Company)
  • Stephen Greenblatt - The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (W.W. Norton)
  • Manning Marable - Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking)
  • Lauren Redniss - Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (It Books - an imprint of HarperCollins)


  • Andrew Krivak - The Sojourn (Bellevue Literary Press)
  • Téa Obreht - The Tiger's Wife (Random House)
  • Julie Otsuka - The Buddha in the Attic (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House)
  • Edith Pearlman - Binocular Vision (Lookout)
  • Jesmyn Ward - Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA)


  • Nikky Finney - Head Off & Split (Triquarterly/Northwestern Universty)
  • Yusef Komunyakaa - The Chameleon Couch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Carl Phillips - Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Adrienne Rich - Tonight No Poetry Will Serve (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Bruce Smith - Devotions (University of Chicago Press)

How many made your reading list this year?


  1. Hmm. The only one I either have read or will soon read (i.e. it's already on my shelf) is The Swerve. That means that this is a great list for me to explore!

  2. I'm rooting for Chime... because it's the only one I read, but I really did love it. :)

  3. Not too many -- there's too much other good stuff to read this year! Here are my thoughts on the list, if you're interested.




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