Here are the finalists nominated for a 2021 National Book Award

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A selection of the 2021 National Book Award finalists

Courtesy of the National Book Awards

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Book Reviews
A Poet-Nun Inspired This Tale Of Medieval Ambition, Pleasure And Aspiration

Robert Jones, Jr., The Prophets

Jason Mott, Hell of a Book


Hanif Abdurraqib, A Little Devil in America: Notes In Praise of Black Performance

Lucas Bessire, Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains

Grace M. Cho, Tastes Like War: A Memoir

Nicole Eustace, Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America

Tiya Miles, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family’s Keepsake


Desiree C. Bailey, What Noise Against the Cane

Martín Espada, Floaters

Douglas Kearny, Sho

Hoa Nguyen, A Thousand times You Lose Your Treasure

Arts & Life
With Sunflowers As Her Guide, Poet Tunes In To Dream Life For Debut Collection

Jackie Wang, The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void

Translated Literature

Elisa Shua Dusapin, Winter in Sokcho. Translated by Aneesa Abbas Higgins

Ge Fei, Peach Blossom Paradise. Translated by Canaan Morse

Book Reviews
‘Space Invaders’ Maps Pixelated Battles Onto Real-Life Conflict

Nona Fernández, The Twilight Zone. Translated by Natasha Wimmer

Benjamín Labatut, When We Cease to Understand the World. Translated by Adrian Nathan West

Samar Yazbek, Planet of Clay. Translated by Leri Price

Young People’s Literature

Shing Yin Khor, The Legend of Auntie Po

Malinda Lo, Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Kyle Lukoff, Too Bright to See

Kekla Magoon, Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People

Amber McBride, Me (Moth)

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