2016 National Book Award Finalists Announced

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National Book Award finalist medallionThe 20 finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards were announced by the National Book Foundation on Thursday, October 6. Among the finalists are five titles chosen earlier this year by booksellers for the Indie Next Lists.

The five finalists in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature are:



  • Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press)
  • Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books)
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press)
  • Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon Books/Penguin Random House)



The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on November 16 in New York City. A livestream of the ceremony will be available on nationalbook.org.

The awards ceremony will also the feature the presentation of NBF’s 2016 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community to Cave Canem, a writers’ center that promotes the work of African American poets and writers through retreats, workshops, and prizes, and the 2016 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Robert A. Caro, a lifetime achievement award for exceptional work and significant impact on American literature. Caro is the author of The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Knopf) and the multivolume biography The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Knopf).