Here Are the 2015 National Book Award Finalists

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The 20 finalists for the National Book Award have just been announced, with finalists drawn from the Longlist Honorees for Young People’s Literature, Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction.

You can read micro-interviews with the National Book Award Longlist honorees conducted by Morning Edition here.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Fiction:

Nonfiction:

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau/Penguin Random House)
  • Sally Mann, Hold Still (Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group)
  • Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus (Atria/Simon & Schuster)
  • Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Henry Holt and Company)
  • Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light (Alfred A. Knopf)

Poetry:

Young People’s Literature:

  • Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Laura Ruby, Bone Gap (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • Steve Sheinkin, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • Noelle Stevenson, Nimona (HarperTeen/HarperCollins Children’s Books)

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