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2015 National Book Award Finalists Shortlist Announced

National book foundationA total of 20 finalists for the 2015 National Book Awards were named Wednesday, October 14 in four categories, including Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. Lifetime acheivement awards will also be given to James Patterson and Don DeLillo. The finalists include two Pulitzer Prize winners, a two-time NBA finalist, the son of an African American publisher/printer and a 23-year-old female cartoonist nominated for her first solo graphic novel.National book finalist

Andy Borowitz Hosts the 2015 National Book Awards while Special presenters include Jennifer Egan and Carmen Farina. The Winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 18 at the 66th National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Each finalist will receive $1,000, and the winners, who will be announced in a ceremony on Nov. 18, will receive $10,000.
Here is the full list of Finalists by category:

2015 National Book Awards Finalist
Award Category Finalist
Fiction: Karen E. Bender –  Refund
Angela Flournoy - The Turner House
Lauren Groff - Fates and Furies
Adam Johnson - Fortune Smiles
Hanya Yanagihara – Little Life
Non-fiction: Ta-Nehisi Coates - Between the World and Me
Sally Mann - Hold Still
Sy Montgomery - The Soul of an Octopus
Carla Power - If the Oceans Were Ink
Tracy K. Smith - Ordinary Light
Poetry: Ross Gay - Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
Terrance Hayes –  How to Be Drawn
Robin Coste Lewis - Voyage of the Sable Venus
Ada Limon –  Bright Dead Things
Patrick Phillips - Elegy for a Broken Machine
Young people’s literature: Ali Benjamin - The Thing About Jellyfish
Laura Ruby - Bone Gap
Steve Sheinkin –  Most Dangerous
Neal Shusterman - Challenger Deep
Noelle Stevenson - Nimona

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