National Book Awards Finalists 2016 Include Rita Dove, Jacqueline Woodson & Colson Whitehead by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Rita Dove, Jacqueline Woodson, Colson Whitehead, and Viet Thanh Nguyen are among the finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards. The 22 finalists, whom the National Book Foundation announced, include two Pulitzer Prize winners, two previous National Book Award winners and a poet making her debut. The winners will be announced on November 16, 2016 at a gala in New York.
Poet Laureate Rita Dove (for Poetry). Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
This year’s Literarian Award, for “outstanding service to literature,” will be awarded to Cave Canem, a writer’s center that has helped spur the careers of celebrated black poets and whose fellows have included Robin Coste Lewis, Ross Gay, Tracy K. Smith and Terrance Hayes. The lifetime achievement award will be presented to Robert A. Caro, author of “The Power Broker,” a biography of Robert Moses, and an ongoing multi-volume biography of Lyndon B. Johnson.
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Poet Laureate Rita Dove and Claudia Rankine. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Jacqueline Woodson (for Fiction). Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Here are the finalists for fiction, nonfiction, young people’s literature and poetry.
Chris Bachelder “The Throwback Special” (W.W. Norton), about a group of male friends who gather every year to re-enact a 1985 football game and who are confronting fatherhood and middle age.
Paulette Jiles “News of the World” (William Morrow/HarperCollins) takes place in post-Civil War Texas, where a retired Army captain takes an orphan who was kidnapped by a Native American tribe back to her family.
Karan Mahajan “The Association of Small Bombs,” (Viking Books/Penguin Random House) unfolds in New Delhi in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.
Colson Whitehead “The Underground Railroad,” (Doubleday/Penguin Random House), centers on a slave who flees a Georgia plantation and escapes to a literal subterranean railroad.
Jacqueline Woodson “Another Brooklyn” (Amistad/HarperCollins), her first novel for adults in 20 years, features an anthropologist recalling her teenage years in 1970s Brooklyn.
In “Stranger in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right” (The New Press), the sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild travels to the Louisiana bayou to explore the emotional roots of some conservative ideology.
Ibram X. Kendi “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” (Nation Books) explains the evolution of racism in America through the lives of five major American intellectuals.
Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose debut novel “The Sympathizer” won the Pulitzer Prize, calls “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War” (Harvard University Press) a nonfiction companion to the novel.
In “The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America,”(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) the historian Andrés Reséndez examines the centuries-long enslavement of Native Americans by conquistadors, settlers and Anglo colonists.
Heather Ann Thompson “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy” (Pantheon/Penguin Random House), a vivid narrative about the uprising at Attica, when nearly 1,300 prisoners protested mistreatment, has been hailed as an indispensable study of police brutality, mass incarceration and racial injustice.
Young People’s Literature
Kate DiCamillo “Raymie Nightingale” (Candlewick Press), a novel about a girl named Raymie who hopes to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition.
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and the artist Nate Powell “March: Book Three” (Top Shelf), the final volume in a graphic-memoir trilogy about the Civil Rights movement.
Grace Lin “When the Sea Turned to Silver” (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), an illustrated fantasy tale inspired by Chinese folklore.
Jason Reynolds “Ghost” (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing), about a track star at an elite middle school.
Nicola Yoon “The Sun Is Also a Star,” (Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House) about a girl whose family is about to be deported to Jamaica.
Daniel Borzutzky “The Performance of Becoming Human,” (Brooklyn Arts Press)
Rita Dove “Collected Poems 1974-2004” (W.W. Norton)
Peter Gizzi “Archeophonics” (Wesleyan University Press)
Jay Hopler “The Abridged History of Rainfall” (McSweeney’s)
Solmaz Sharif (debut collection) “Look” (Graywolf Press)
—Source The New York Times
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