2017 National Book Award finalists revealed

2017 National Book Award finalists
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First on "CBS This Morning," we're announcing the finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards. Among the 20 finalists of the prestigious award, 15 are women. 

Finalists for Fiction

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Elliot Ackerman, "Dark at the Crossing"

Lisa Ko, "The Leavers"

Min Jin Lee, "Pachinko" 

Carmen Maria Machado, "Her Body and Other Parties: Stories"  

Jesmyn Ward, "Sing, Unburied, Sing"


Finalists for Nonfiction

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Erica Armstrong Dunbar, "Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge"

Frances FitzGerald, "The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America"

Masha Gessen, "The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia"

David Grann, "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI"

Nancy MacLean, "Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America"


Finalists for Poetry

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Frank Bidart, "Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016"

Leslie Harrison, "The Book of Endings"

Layli Long Soldier, "WHEREAS"

Shane McCrae, "In the Language of My Captor"

Danez Smith, "Don't Call Us Dead: Poems"


Finalists for Young People's Literature

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Elana K. Arnold, "What Girls Are Made Of"

Robin Benway, "Far from the Tree"

Erika L. Sánchez, "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter"

Rita Williams-Garcia, "Clayton Byrd Goes Underground"

Ibi Zoboi, "American Street"

The finalists of the National Book Awards are chosen by a panel of five judges for each category. Their decisions are made independently of the National Book Foundation's staff and board of directors.