National Book Award Finalists

Prize season continues with the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards. The complete list below.

Prize season continues with the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards. The complete list below. Join us at 12:30 EST for a live chat about the finalists and other prize winners.


Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

Born in Australia and based in New York, Peter Carey has published 10 novels, two of which won the Booker Prize: 1988’s Oscar and Lucinda and 2001’s True History of the Kelly Gang.

Plus: The Daily Beast’s Peter Stothard on Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America

Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon

Jaimy Gordon’s previous novel, Bogeyman, a stylishly written coming-out story, was put on the Los Angeles Times’ list of Best Fiction of 2000, and her second novel, She Drove Without Stopping, an avant-garde coming-of-age story set in the ‘60s, was an American Library Notable Book.

Great House by Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss is the author of Man Walks Into a Room and The History of Love. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories, and has been translated into more than 35 languages.

So Much for That by Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver’s novel The Post Birthday World was a New York Times bestseller, and We Need to Talk About Kevin won the 2005 Orange Prize. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita

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Karen Tei Yamashita’s Through the Arc of the Rainforest received the American Book Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Award. She is the author of three other books.


Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

Barbara Demick is the Los Angeles Times Beijing bureau chief and author of Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood.

Cultures of War by John Dower

John Dower writes on Japan and the United States; his 1999 book about the occupation of Japan, Embracing Defeat, won the National Book Award.

Just Kids by Patti Smith

In addition to Patti Smith’s numerous albums, one of which, Horses, has been called one of the top 100 albums of all time, she has written many books, including Witt, Babel, and Woolgathering.

Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward by Justin Spring

Justin Spring writes monographs, catalogs, museum publications, and books about 20th-century American art and culture, including Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art.

Every Man in this Village Is a Liar: An Education in War by Megan K. Stack

Megan K. Stack was the Los Angeles Times Moscow bureau chief and has reported on war, terrorism, and political Islam from 22 countries.


The Eternal City by Kathleen Graber

Lighthead by Terrance Hayes

By the Numbers by James Richardson

One With Others by C.D. Wright

Ignatz by Monica Youn

Young People’s Literature

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Dark Water by Laura McNeal

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

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