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Here Are the Nominees for the 2017 National Book Award

Sep 15, 2017
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Sarah Begley is a staff writer for TIME.

The National Book Foundation announced its long lists for the 2017 awards this week, with the final and most anticipated category — fiction — announced on Friday.

The list includes past favorites, like Sing, Unburied, Sing author Jesmyn Ward — who won the award in 2011 for her last novel, Salvage the Bones — as well as newcomers like debut novelist Lisa Ko.

The short list will come out on Oct. 4, and the winners will be announced in a ceremony on Nov. 15.

Fiction
Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing
Daniel Alarcón, The King Is Always Above the People: Stories
Charmaine Craig, Miss Burma
Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach
Lisa Ko, The Leavers
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, A Kind of Freedom
Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing
Carol Zoref, Barren Island

Nonfiction
Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
James Forman Jr., Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
Masha Gessen, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Naomi Klein, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Kevin Young, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

Poetry
Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016
Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings
Marie Howe, Magdalene: Poems
Laura Kasischke, Where Now: New and Selected Poems
Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS
Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor
Sherod Santos, Square Inch Hours
Danez Smith, Don't Call Us Dead: Poems
Mai Der Vang, Afterland

Young People's Literature
Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of
Robin Benway, Far from the Tree
Samantha Mabry, All the Wind in the World
Mitali Perkins, You Bring the Distant Near
Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down
Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Laurel Snyder, Orphan Island
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Ibi Zoboi, American Street

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