National Book Awards race gets intense

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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The National Book Awards finalists for Young People’s Literature.

The National Book Awards finalists for 2013 have been chopped down from 40 on the “longlist” to the cream of the crop! 20 authors survived the cut, with 5 each in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.

In 1950, publishers, writers, editors, and critics gathered together in New York City to celebrate the first annual National Book Awards, and now, a half-century later, it continues to honor the best American literature.

The official winners will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 20. The winners will receive a prize of $10,000 and the finalists will each get $1,000.

Without further ado, here are the nominees:



Rachel KushnerThe Flamethrowers (Scribner/ Simon & Schuster)

Jhumpa LahiriThe Lowland (Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House)

James McBrideThe Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books/ Penguin Group USA)

Thomas PynchonBleeding Edge (The Penguin Press/ Penguin Group USA)

George SaundersTenth of December (Random House)



Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House)

Wendy LowerHitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

George PackerThe Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Alan TaylorThe Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (W.W. Norton & Company)

Lawrence WrightGoing Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief
(Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House)



Frank BidartMetaphysical Dog (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Lucie Brock-BroidoStay, Illusion (Alfred A. Knopf)

Adrian MatejkaThe Big Smoke (Penguin Poets/ Penguin Group USA)

Matt RasmussenBlack Aperture (Louisiana State University Press)

Mary SzybistIncarnadine: Poems (Graywolf Press)


Young People’s Literature

Kathi AppeltThe True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster)

Cynthia KadohataThe Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster)

Tom McNealFar Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House)

Meg RosoffPicture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)

Gene Luen YangBoxers & Saints (First Second/ Macmillan)


Images courtesy of National Book Awards Facebook.