2011 National Book Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2011 National Book Award in four categories include:     

Young People’s Literature

  • Chime by Franny Billingsley
  • Flesh and Blood So Cheap: the Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
  • Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Shine by Lauren Myracle

Fiction Category

  • Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman
  • The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka – On order (ebook)
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht – On order (ebook)



  • The Chameleon Couch by Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Devotions by Bruce Smith
  • Double Shadow by Carl Phillips
  • Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010 by Adrienne Rich

On the evening of November 15, all 20 finalists will read from their nominated works at the National Book Award Finalists Reading at The New School in New York City.  The National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner will be held the following evening, November 16, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.


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