The National Book Award shortlists were announced Thursday morning via Facebook Live on The New Yorker magazine’s Facebook page. The slate includes some obvious choices — like Colson Whitehead’s highly-praised, Oprah-approved The Underground Railroad in the fiction category — and all-around literary stars, like Viet Thanh Nguyen’s nonfiction offering, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, which follows last year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer.
The final shortlists are below. Winners will be announced on November 16, 2016.
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