2021 National Book Awards Finalists Reading

Every year, The National Book Foundation teams up with The New School to present readings by each of the National Book Awards Finalists. This year the reading will take place on Tuesday, November 9th at 7 pm New York time.

The live stream link will be shared closer to the event date. Register here.

(Finalists will not appear in this order)

Translated Literature Finalists:

• Samar Yazbek and Leri PricePlanet of Clay (World Editions)
• Elisa Shua Dusapin and Aneesa Abbas HigginsWinter in Sokcho
• Ge Fei and Canaan Morse, Peach Blossom Paradise
• Nona Fernández and Natasha WimmerThe Twilight Zone
• Benjamín Labatut and Adrian Nathan WestWhen We Cease to Understand the World

Fiction Finalists:

Anthony Doerr, Cloud Cuckoo Land
Lauren Groff, Matrix
Laird Hunt, Zorrie
Robert Jones, Jr., The Prophets
Jason Mott, Hell of a Book

Nonfiction Finalists:

• Hanif AbdurraqibA Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance
• Lucas BessireRunning Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains
• Grace M. ChoTastes Like War: A Memoir
• Nicole EustaceCovered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America
• Tiya MilesAll That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake

Poetry Finalists:

• Desiree C. BaileyWhat Noise Against the Cane
• Martín EspadaFloaters
• Douglas KearneySho
• Hoa NguyenA Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure
• Jackie WangThe Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void

Young People’s Literature Finalists:

Shing Yin KhorThe Legend of Auntie Po
• Malinda LoLast Night at the Telegraph Club
• Kyle LukoffToo Bright to See
• Kekla MagoonRevolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People
• Amber McBrideMe (Moth)

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. This event will be live streamed through Vimeo. Livestream link will be shared closer to the event date. Register here.