National Book Award Finalists have been announced this year.

The winners of the National Book Award Finalists will be announced in next month. On Tuesday around twenty five books,  across five categories were announced on Tuesday including nonfiction, poetry and fiction .

The National Book Foundation will reveal the winners on November 16. The complete list of finalists is provided below.


Alejandro Varela, “The Town of Babylon” Tess Gunty, “The Rabbit Hutch” Sarah Thankam Mathews, “All This Could Be Different” Gayl Jones, “The Birdcatcher” Jamil Jan Kochai, “The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories”

Young People’s Literature

Kelly Barnhill, “The Ogress and the Orphans” Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud Anyabwile, “Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice” Lisa Yee, “Maizy Chen’s Last Chance” Sabaa Tahir, “All My Rage” Sonora Reyes, “The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School”


Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice” Imani Perry, “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation” Meghan O’Rourke, “The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness” Ingrid Rojas Contreras, “The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir” David Quammen, “Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus”

Translated Literature

Yoko Tawada, “Scattered All Over the Earth” Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani Scholastique Mukasonga, “Kibogo” Translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti Jon Fosse, “A New Name: Septology VI-VII” Translated from the Norwegian by Damion Searls Samanta Schweblin, “Seven Empty Houses” Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell Mónica Ojeda, “Jawbone” Translated from the Spanish by Sarah Booker


Sharon Olds, “Balladz” Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, “Look at This Blue” Jenny Xie, “The Rupture Tense” Roger Reeves, “Best Barbarian” John Keene, “Punks: New & Selected Poems”

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