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On Tuesday night, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night.
Get to know the books on the shortlist — for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature — using NPR's reviews and author interviews. Click the "Listen" links in the write-ups below to hear the authors read from their works.
- Art, Chaos And 1970s Radicalism Fuel 'The Flamethrowers'
- Racing From Art To Revolution And Back Again In 'The Flamethrowers'
- Out Of Lahiri's Muddy 'Lowland,' An Ambitious Story Soars
- With Controlled, Clinical Prose Lahiri Explores Love And Sacrifice
- Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland'
- 'Good Lord Bird' Gives Abolitionist Heroes Novel Treatment
- A Little Onion Reveals Layers Of History In 'Good Lord Bird'
- A Predictably Pynchonian Take On The Internet And Sept. 11
- George Saunders On Absurdism And Ventriloquism In 'Tenth Of December'
- George Saunders Lives Up To The Hype
- From George Saunders, A Dark 'December'
- Meet Ben's Sister Jane, History's Forgotten Franklin
- American Voices On 'The Unwinding' Of America's Values
- Stories Of Hope Amid America's 'Unwinding'
- 'Going Clear': A New Book Delves Into Scientology
- Hollywood Hot Shots, Scientology And A Story Worth The Risk In 'Going Clear'