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The National Book Award Finalists


We are one step closer to finding out who will win this year’s National Book Award, dear readers! Last month, the National Book Foundation released the longlists for the four qualifying genres, which are fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. Ten books were included in each of these four longlists in order to promote publicity for the selected titles. Alas, however, there cannot be forty winners, and so this morning the National Book Foundation released the five finalists in each category, narrowing the count down to twenty in anticipation for November 20th, which will be when they announce the four winners of the 2013 National Book Award.

Here are the twenty shortlist finalists:


The Flamethrowers~Rachel Kushner

The Lowland~Jhumpa Lahiri

The Good Lord Bird~James McBride

Bleeding Edge~Thomas Pynchon

Tenth of December~George Saunders


Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin~Jill Lepore


                Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields~Wendy Lower

Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America~George Packer 

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia 1772-1832~Alan Taylor 

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief~Lawrence Wright


Metaphysical Dog~Frank Bidart

Stay, Illusion~Lucie Brock-Broido

Jack Johnson

The Big Smoke~Adrian Matejka

Black Aperture~Matt Rasmussen

Incarnadine~Mary Szybist

Young People’s Literature

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp~Kathi Appelt

The Thing About Luck~Cynthia Kadohata

Far Far Away~Tom McNeal

Picture Me Gone~Meg Rosoff 

Boxers & Saints~Gene Luen Yang


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