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The National Book Awards finalists have been announced—how many can you read before the winners are announced on November 20? Five finalists have been chosen in each of five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people's literature. Discover and request these great books at Queens Public Library!*

*“I”: New and Selected Poems, Be Recorder and Sight Lines are not currently available for request, but are coming soon. 

Susan Choi, Trust Exercise
Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Sabrina & Corina: Stories
Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Laila Lalami, The Other Americans
Julia Phillips, Disappearing Earth

Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Thick: And Other Essays
Carolyn Forché, What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance
David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
Albert Woodfox with Leslie George, Solitary

Jericho Brown, The Tradition
Toi Derricotte, “I”: New and Selected Poems  
Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic
Carmen Giménez Smith, Be Recorder    
Arthur Sze, Sight Lines    

Translated Literature:
Khaled Khalifa, Death Is Hard Work
László Krasznahorkai, Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming
Scholastique Mukasonga, The Barefoot Woman
Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police
Pajtim Statovci, Crossing

Young People’s Literature: 
Akwaeke Emezi, Pet
Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Randy Ribay, Patron Saints of Nothing
Laura Ruby, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
Martin W. Sandler, 1919 The Year That Changed America