September 19, 2017

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40 Nominees Unveiled For The 2017 National Book Awards

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Four days, 40 nominees — and now, a clear idea of which writers have a shot to win the 2017 National Book Awards.

The National Book Foundation unveiled its longlists of nominees in stages this week, releasing a new set of 10 nominees each day. The rollout concluded Friday with the list of fiction contenders.

Frankly, any attempt to give the dozens of nominees their due in such a limited space would be foolhardy — so we’ll simply remind you that you’ve still got some time to read as many as you can. The next round of finalists will be unveiled on Oct. 4, and the winners will be announced on Nov. 15.

Find the nominees below, with links to any reviews or interviews NPR has conducted, where available.

Fiction

Elliot Ackerman: Dark at the Crossing
Daniel Alarcón: The King Is Always Above the People: Stories
Charmaine Craig: Miss Burma
Jennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach
Lisa Ko: The Leavers
Min Jin Lee: Pachinko
Carmen Maria Machado: Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton: A Kind of Freedom
Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing
Carol Zoref: Barren Island

Nonfiction

Erica Armstrong Dunbar: Never Caught: The

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