October 3, 2023, 10:15am

Today, the National Book Foundation announced their finalists for the 2023 National Book Awards in five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.

Five winners will be selected from the twenty-five finalists and announced on Wednesday, November 15 at the 74th National Book Awards, featuring special guest Oprah Winfrey, Rita Dove, and Paul Yamazaki,. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and a bronze medal; each winner will receive $10,000 and a bronze medal and statue. (In the Translated Literature category, the prizes will be split between author and translator.)

Here are the finalists:


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Chain-Gang All-Stars
Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House

Aaliyah Bilal, Temple Folk
Simon & Schuster

Paul Harding, This Other Eden
W. W. Norton & Company

Hanna Pylväinen, The End of Drum-Time
Henry Holt and Company / Macmillan Publishers

Justin Torres, Blackouts
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers



Ned Blackhawk, The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History
Yale University Press

Cristina Rivera Garza, Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice
Hogarth / Penguin Random House

Christina Sharpe, Ordinary Notes
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

Raja Shehadeh, We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I: A Palestinian Memoir
Other Press

John Vaillant, Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World
Knopf / Penguin Random House



John Lee Clark, How to Communicate
W. W. Norton & Company

Craig Santos Perez, from unincorporated territory [åmot]
Omnidawn Publishing

Evie Shockley, suddenly we
Wesleyan University Press

Brandon Som, Tripas
Georgia Review Books / University of Georgia Press

Monica Youn, From From
Graywolf Press



Bora Chung, Cursed Bunny
Translated from the Korean by Anton Hur
Algonquin Books / Hachette Book Group

David Diop, Beyond the Door of No Return
Translated from the French by Sam Taylor
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

Stênio Gardel, The Words That Remain
Translated from the Portuguese by Bruna Dantas Lobato
New Vessel Press

Pilar Quintana, Abyss
Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman
World Editions

Astrid Roemer, On a Woman’s Madness
Translated from the Dutch by Lucy Scott
Two Lines Press



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