The Winners of the National Book Award were announced on November 18. There are four National Book Award categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. From the National Book Foundation: “The National Book Award is one of the nation’s most prestigious literary prizes and has a stellar record of identifying and rewarding quality writing.” Here is the winner, along with the finalists and longlist for nonfiction:

WINNER:

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau/Penguin Random House)

FINALISTS:

  • Sally Mann, Hold Still (Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group)
  • Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus (Atria/Simon & Schuster)
  • Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran
    (Henry Holt and Company)
  • Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light (Alfred A. Knopf)

LONGLIST:

  • Cynthia Barnett, Rain (Crown Publishing Group/Penguin Random House)
  • Martha Hodes, Mourning Lincoln (Yale University Press)
  • Susanna Moore, Paradise of the Pacific (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Michael Paterniti, Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays (The Dial Press/Penguin Random House)
  • Michael White, Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir (Persea Books)
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