2011 National Book Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2011 National Book Award were announced on October 12th. There are five finalists in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. To be eligible, “a book must be written by an American citizen and published by an American publisher between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year.” The 2011 National Book Award winners will be announced on November 16th, 2011.


Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn (Bellevue Literary Press)

Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife (Random House)

Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House)

Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision (Lookout Books, an imprint of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA)


Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism (Graywolf Press)

Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution (Little, Brown and Company)

Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (W. W. Norton & Company)

Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)

Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (It Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)


Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split (TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press)

Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Carl Phillips, Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010 (W.W. Norton & Company)

Bruce Smith, Devotions (University of Chicago Press)

Young People’s Literature

Franny Billingsley, Chime (Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc. )

Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy (Marshall Cavendish)

Thanhha Lai, Inside Out and Back Again (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Albert Marrin, Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)

Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


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