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National Book Awards 2013: Shortlists For Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature Announced

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The National Book Award shortlists for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature were announced this morning on "Morning Joe." This is the first year that finalists have been divided into longlists of 10 books, and shortlists of five books.

Winners will be announced on November 20, but for now you can peruse the finalists who made the cut, and have a look at our predictions for winners in each category:


"The Flamethrowers" by Rachel Kushner

"The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri

"The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride

"Bleeding Edge" by Thomas Pynchon

"Tenth of December" by George Saunders

Our predicted winner: "Tenth of December" by George Saunders


"Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin" by Jill Lepore

"Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields" by Wendy Lower

"The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America" by George Packer

"The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832" by Alan Taylor

"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief" by Lawrence Wright

Our predicted winner: "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief" by Lawrence Wright


"Metaphysical Dog" by Frank Bidart

"Stay, Illusion" by Lucie Brock-Broido

"The Big Smoke" by Adrian Matejka

"Black Aperture" by Matt Rasmussen

"Incarnadine" by Mary Szybist

Our predicted winner: "Metaphysical Dog" by Frank Bidart

Young People’s Literature

"The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp" by Kathi Appelt

"The Thing About Luck" by Cynthia Kadohata

"Far Far Away" by Tom McNeal

"Picture Me Gone" by Meg Rosoff

"Boxers & Saints" by Gene Luen Yang

Our predicted winner: "Boxers & Saints" by Gene Luen Yang

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