15 Of The 20 Finalists For The National Book Award Are Women

by Kerri Jarema

It's always an exciting day for book lovers everywhere when the finalists for the National Book Awards are announced. This prestigious award, which is given to writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature categories celebrates some of the best, and most relevant writing of the year. The finalists of the National Book Awards are chosen by a panel of five judges for each category, and this year they have gone with some huge picks; and out of the 20 authors nominated for the awards, this year's group includes a whopping 15 women.

It's a huge moment for highlighting diversity, which is reflected throughout the list of finalists. Not only are a majority women, but there are a range of non-white authors telling Own Voices and diverse stories. Interestingly, too, there are more than a few debut authors on the final list this year, including Lisa Ko with The Leavers, Erika L. Sánchez with I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and Ibi Zoboi with American Street. To check out the full list of finalists, keep reading below. And make sure to make room on your year end TBR list because these are just some of the year's biggest books that you definitely don't want to miss.

Finalists for Fiction

Finalists for Nonfiction

Finalists for Poetry

Finalists for Young People's Literature