Here are the finalists nominated for a 2021 National Book Award
Sweater, on. Tea, steeping. Blanket, splayed. As we enter the cozy vibes of autumn, all that's missing from this picture is a good book. If you need help picking one, the National Book Foundation just announced its finalists for this year's awards.A handful of the short-listed writers named have been honored previously by the National Book Awards, including newly minted MacArthur "genius" Hanif Abdurraqib, three-time finalist Lauren Groff and young-adult book author Kekla Magoon.Alternately, there are writers on the list whose debut works are being honored, such as Robert Jones Jr. His book, The Prophets, is a love story about two enslaved men on a plantation. The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on Nov. 17. Winners of a National Book Award receive $10,000. The full list is below.
Anthony Doerr, Cloud Cuckoo LandLauren Groff, MatrixLaird Hunt, ZorrieRobert Jones, Jr., The ProphetsJason Mott, Hell of a Book
Hanif Abdurraqib, A Little Devil in America: Notes In Praise of Black PerformanceLucas Bessire, Running Out: In Search of Water on the High PlainsGrace M. Cho, Tastes Like War: A MemoirNicole Eustace, Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early AmericaTiya Miles, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family's Keepsake
Desiree C. Bailey, What Noise Against the CaneMartín Espada, FloatersDouglas Kearny, ShoHoa Nguyen, A Thousand times You Lose Your TreasureJackie Wang, The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void
Elisa Shua Dusapin, Winter in Sokcho. Translated by Aneesa Abbas HigginsGe Fei, Peach Blossom Paradise. Translated by Canaan MorseNona Fernández, The Twilight Zone. Translated by Natasha WimmerBenjamín Labatut, When We Cease to Understand the World. Translated by Adrian Nathan WestSamar Yazbek, Planet of Clay. Translated by Leri Price
Young People's Literature
Shing Yin Khor, The Legend of Auntie PoMalinda Lo, Last Night at the Telegraph ClubKyle Lukoff, Too Bright to SeeKekla Magoon, Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the PeopleAmber McBride, Me (Moth) Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.