The Finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards have been announced. The awards are given in five categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Literature in Translation, and Young People’s Literature. The National Book Award is given by The National Book Foundation and honors exceptional literature written by United States citizens.
This year’s finalists for Young Adult Literature are:
- Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
- Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
- Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (avail. in Saunders Library)
- Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
- 1919 The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler
Last year’s winner for Young People’s Literature was The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.
VCU professor and author Tressie McMillan Cottom has been nominated in the Non-fiction category for Thick: And Other Essays, which is available in Saunders Library.
Winners will be announced November 20, 2019.