2016 National Book Award Finalists Announced

By posted at 11:51 am on October 6, 2016 3

Book award season enters high gear as the National Book Award finalists have been released. Winners will be announced in New York City on November 16.

The short list includes the big fall book by Colson Whitehead and Jacqueline Woodson’s first novel for adults in 20 years. It’s a great time to be a reader.

You read about nearly all of the books on the Fiction list here first, of course, as they appeared in our indispensable first-half and second-half previews.

Here’s a list of the finalists in all four categories with bonus links and excerpts where available:







Young People’s Literature:


Share this article

More from the Millions

3 Responses to “2016 National Book Award Finalists Announced”

  1. Pat_Hobby
    at 6:32 pm on October 11, 2016

    All politics, all the time.

  2. Wjat
    at 10:17 am on October 12, 2016

    If your book couldn’t be summed up as a Jezebel article, I don’t want to read it!

  3. Maureen Downing
    at 4:56 pm on October 17, 2016

    As always thank you for show casing the best of the best books you all are my go to guide when I want to check out new books.

Post a Response

Comments with unrelated links will be deleted. If you'd like to reach our readers, consider buying an advertisement instead.

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments that do not add to the conversation will be deleted at our discretion.