2011 National Book Award Finalists Announced

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Award season is hitting its stride, and this year’s National Book Award finalists have been announced. For the second year in a row, the fiction finalists number four women versus one male author, and many of the “bigger” literary releases of the year are nowhere to be found. Also for the second year in a row, a New Yorker “20 Under 40” writer is recognized. By virtue of that, Téa Obreht may be the most well-known name of the bunch (our review). A pair of independent or university presses are represented among the fiction finalists, including Bellevue Literary Press, which made its name when Paul Harding’s Tinkers won the 2010 Pulitzer.

In nonfiction, we have the first graphic book in to be recognized in this category.

Update: There was a late addition to the YA finalists list: Chime by Franny Billingsley

Update 2: Due to a mixup by and subsequent pressure from the Foundation, Lauren Myracle has withdrawn Shine from consideration.

Here’s a list of the finalists in all four categories with bonus links and excerpts where available:







Young People’s Literature:


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8 Responses to “2011 National Book Award Finalists Announced”

  1. Tom Beshear
    at 3:17 pm on October 12, 2011

    Huh. I didn’t know the National Book Award was for first novels — three are first novels, one is a collection, and one is technically a second novel, but the first novel was marketed as a YA book. Huh.

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  3. elle
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    Not impressed.

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  6. Paula
    at 3:36 pm on October 15, 2011

    I’m hoping for Obreht.

  7. Theo
    at 7:20 pm on October 17, 2011

    It’s worth noting here that the NBA made a mistake with the Young Adult ones. Shine by Lauren Myracle is not nominated. Chime by Franny Billingsley is the one nominated instead. This link shows what the NBA has to say about the mistake:

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