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
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
Erica Armstrong Dunbar, "Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge"
Frances FitzGerald, "The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America"
Finalists for Poetry
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
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.