10/15/2014 10:22 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

2014 National Book Award Finalists Announced


The National Book Award finalists were announced this morning, when five authors were chosen from the award's longlists in the categories of Fiction, Young People's Literature, Poetry and Nonfiction. The nominees include a debut short story writer who fictionalizes his service in Iraq, two Pulitzer Prize winners, and a former U.S. Poet Laureate.

Below are the fnalists for the 2014 National Book Awards:

2014 Finalists for the National Book Award for Fiction:


Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman
Grove Press/ Grove/Atlantic

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
Scribner/ Simon & Schuster

Phil Klay, Redeployment
The Penguin Press/ Penguin Group (USA)

Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House

Marilynne Robinson, Lila
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Read our interview with finalist Anthony Doerr.

2014 Finalists for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature:

young adult

Eliot Schrefer, Threatened
Scholastic Press/ Scholastic

Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Publishers

John Corey Whaley, Noggin
Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster

Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two
Scholastic Press/ Scholastic

Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming
Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA)

2014 Finalists for the National Book Award for Poetry:


Louise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous Night
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Fanny Howe, Second Childhood
Graywolf Press

Maureen N. McLane, This Blue
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Fred Moten, The Feel Trio
Letter Machine Editions

Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric
Graywolf Press

2014 Finalists for the National Book Award for Nonfiction:


Roz Chast, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
Metropolitan Books/ Henry Holt and Company

John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
W.W. Norton & Company

Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence
Liveright Publishing Corporation/ W.W. Norton & Company

Read an excerpt of E.O. Wilson's nominated title.