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Need A Good Read? Finalists Announced For National Book Awards

Hanya Yanagihara's novel "A Little Life," is a 2015 National Book Award fiction finalist. She is also on the shortlists for the Man Booker and Kirkus prizes.
Hanya Yanagihara's novel "A Little Life," is a 2015 National Book Award fiction finalist. She is also on the shortlists for the Man Booker and Kirkus prizes. Photo Credit: Facebook/Hanya Yanagihara Fan Page

The finalists for the 2015 National Book Awards have been announced, and the field has been narrowed to 20 authors, many of whom are first-timers to the list.

Winners in each category will receive a bronze sculpture and a purse of $10,000, at a ceremony in New York City on Nov. 18.

Fiction finalists:

  • Karen E. Bender, “Refund: Stories” (Counterpoint Press)
  • Angela Flournoy, “The Turner House” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Lauren Groff, “Fates and Furies” (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)
  • Adam Johnson, “Fortune Smiles: Stories” (Random House)
  • Hanya Yanagihara, “A Little Life” (Doubleday/Penguin Random House)

Fiction judges:

  • Daniel Alarcón, Jeffery Renard Allen, Sarah Bagby, Laura Lippman, David L. Ulin

Nonfiction finalists:

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Between the World and Me” (Spiegel & Grau/Penguin Random House)
  • Sally Mann, “Hold Still” (Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group)
  • Sy Montgomery, “The Soul of an Octopus” (Atria/Simon & Schuster)
  • Carla Power, “If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran” (Henry Holt and Company)
  • Tracy K. Smith, “Ordinary Light” (Alfred A. Knopf)

Nonfiction judges:

  • Diane Ackerman, Patricia Hill Collins, John D'Agata, Paul Holdengräber, Adrienne Mayor

Poetry finalists:

  • Ross Gay, “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude” (University of Pittsburgh Press)
  • Terrance Hayes, “How to Be Drawn” (Penguin/Penguin Random House)
  • Robin Coste Lewis, “Voyage of the Sable Venus” (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Ada Limón, “Bright Dead Things” (Milkweed Editions)
  • Patrick Phillips, “Elegy for a Broken Machine” (Alfred A. Knopf)

Poetry judges:

  • Sherman Alexie, Willie Perdomo, Katha Pollitt, Tim Seibles, Jan Weissmiller

Young people's literature finalists:

  • Ali Benjamin, “The Thing About Jellyfish” (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Laura Ruby, “Bone Gap” (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children's Books)
  • Steve Sheinkin, “Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War” (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
  • Neal Shusterman, “Challenger Deep” (HarperCollins Children's Books)
  • Noelle Stevenson, “Nimona” (HarperTeen/HarperCollins Children's Books)

Young people's literature judges:

  • John Joseph Adams, Teri Lesesne, Laura McNeal, G. Neri, Eliot Schrefer
Read more about the National Book Awards at its website .

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