National Book Award Nominees 2017


  • Elliot Ackerman: Dark at the Crossing
  • Lisa Ko: The Leavers
  • Min Jin Lee: Pachinko
  • Carmen Maria Machado: Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
  • Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing


  • Erica Armstrong Dunbar: Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
  • Frances FitzGerald: The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
  • Masha Gessen: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
  • David Grann: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America


  • Frank Bidart: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016
  • Leslie Harrison: The Book of Endings
  • Layli Long Soldier: WHEREAS
  • Shane McCrae: In the Language of My Captor
  • Danez Smith: Don't Call Us Dead: Poems

Young People's Literature

  • Elana K. Arnold: What Girls Are Made Of
  • Robin Benway: Far from the Tree
  • Erika L. Sánchez: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
  • Rita Williams-Garcia: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
  • Ibi Zoboi: American Street