The finalists for this year's National Book Awards were announced this morning, live-streamed on the Facebook page of the New Yorker magazine. The announcement was moved up a week so as not to conflict with the Nobel Prize for Literature announcement, which was moved back.
Minnesota writer Kate DiCamillo is a finalist in young people's literature for her novel, "Raymie Nightingale," and a book published by Graywolf Press, "Look," by Solmaz Sharif, is a finalist in poetry. Graywolf had three books on the long list. "Sachiko," a novel by Minneapolis writer Caren Stelson and published by Carolrhoda Books, was also on the long list for young people's literature.
DiCamillo was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001 for "The Tiger Rising."
Also on the short list: Colson Whitehead, for his novel "The Underground Railroad." Whitehead will be in the Twin Cities on Nov. 3 for Talking Volumes.
The winners will be announced at a gala event on Nov. 16 in New York City, which will be live-streamed on the website of the National Book Foundation, www.nationalbook.org.
Here are the finalists:
Finalists for fiction
●Chris Bachelder, “The Throwback Special ” (Norton)
● Paulette Jiles, “News of the World” (William Morrow/HarperCollins)
● Karan Mahajan, “The Association of Small Bombs” (Viking/Penguin Random House)
● Colson Whitehead, “The Underground Railroad” (Doubleday/Penguin Random House)
● Jacqueline Woodson, “Another Brooklyn” (Amistad/HarperCollinsPublishers)
Finalists for nonfiction
● 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)
●Viet Thanh Nguyen, “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War” (Harvard)
●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/Penguin Random House)
Finalists for poetry
●Daniel Borzutzky, “The Performance of Becoming Human” (Brooklyn Arts)
● Rita Dove, “Collected Poems 1974–2004” (W. W. Norton & Company)
●Peter Gizzi, “Archeophonics” (Wesleyan)
●Jay Hopler, “The Abridged History of Rainfall” (McSweeney’s)
● Solmaz Sharif, “Look” (Graywolf Press)
Finalists for young people’s literature
● Kate DiCamillo, “Raymie Nightingale” (Candlewick)
●John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell, “March: Book Three” (Top Shelf Productions/IDW Publishing)
●Grace Lin, “When the Sea Turned to Silver,” (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group)
● Jason Reynolds, “Ghost” (Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
● Nicola Yoon, "The Sun Is Also a Star" (Delacorte)