National Book Awards shortlists 2017

The shortlists for this year’s National Book Awards have been announced. Congratulations to all the finalists.

2017 Fiction Shortlist

  • Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman
  • The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

2017 Nonfiction Shortlist

  • Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  • The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean

2017 Poetry Shortlist

  • Half-light by Frank Bidart
  • The Book of Endings by Leslie Harrison
  • WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier
  • In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae
  • Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

2017 Young People’s Literature Shortlist

  • What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold
  • Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
  • Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi

2017 5 Under 35 Honorees

  • Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
  • Halle Butler, author of Jillian
  • Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose
  • Leopoldine Core, author of When Watched
  • Weike Wang, author of Chemistry

2017 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

  • Annie Proulx

2017 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community

  • Scholastic Chairman, President & CEO Richard Robinson