Here Are the Finalists for the 2015 National Book Awards

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The finalists have been announced for the 2015 National Book Awards, and it’s good news for several favorites.

Though Hanya Yanagihara lost out on the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, she remains a contender in the National Book Awards’ fiction race for A Little Life. In non-fiction, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me made the cut as well, continuing a winning streak for the author who was named a MacArthur “genius” last month.

Each finalist will receive $1,000, and the winners, who will be announced in a ceremony on Nov. 18, will receive $10,000.

Here is the full list of finalists by category:


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

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
  • Sally Mann, Hold Still
  • Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus
  • Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink
  • Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light
  • Poetry:

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

  • Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish
  • Laura Ruby, Bone Gap
  • Steve Sheinkin, Most Dangerous
  • Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep
  • Noelle Stevenson, Nimona
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