National Book Award Finalists Include Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson

The 2016 National Book Award finalists were announced this morning (via Facebook live), because it’s 2016 of course.

The list feels intensely topical — with race in America, war abroad and political division playing important roles in many of the finalists.


Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special (W. W. Norton & Company)

Paulette Jiles, News of the World (William Morrow/HarperCollinsPublishers)

Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs (Viking Books/Penguin Random House)

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (Doubleday/Penguin Random House)

Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn (Amistad/HarperCollinsPublishers)


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 Books)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
(Harvard University Press)

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 Books/Penguin Random House)