National Book Award finalists announced

LOS ANGELES — Finalists for the National Book Awards were announced Wednesday. There are five finalists each in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young adult literature. Winners will be presented in New York Nov. 14.

Junot Diaz's new short story collection, "This Is How You Lose Her," is among the fiction finalists. The fiction category includes Dave Eggers for "A Hologram for the King" and Louise Erdrich for "The Round House." Two other fiction books — "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain, and Kevin Powers' "The Yellow Birds" — deal with America's military engagement in Iraq.

In the nonfiction category is Anthony Shadid's book "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East."

Other nonfiction finalists are Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity," "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956" by Anne Applebaum, Domingo Martinez's coming-of-age memoir "The Boy Kings of Texas" and "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4" by Robert A. Caro.

In young adult literature are William Alexander's "Goblin Secrets," Patricia McCormick's "Never Fall Down," Eliot Schrefer's "Endangered" and "Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World's Most Dangerous Weapon" by Steve Sheinkin and Carrie Arcos' "Out of Reach."

Poetry finalists are "Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations" by David Ferry, "Heavenly Bodies" by Cynthia Huntington, "Fast Animal" by Tim Seibles, "Night of the Republic" by Alan Shapiro and "Meme" by Susan Wheeler.


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