Our Six 2020 NBA Finalists

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The 2020 National Book Award judges have selected the five shortlisted titles in their respective literary categories, and their choices were announced the morning of October 6 by the National Book Foundation.

These are the 6 Finalists published by Penguin Random House imprints:


INTERIOR CHINATOWN by Charles Yu (Pantheon Books HC & Ebook; RH Audio)

Edited by Tim O’Connell



THE UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (One World HC & Ebook; RH Audio)

Edited by Chris Jackson



Translated Literature

TOKYO UENO STATION by Yu Miri. Translated, from the Japanese, by Morgan Giles (Riverhead Books HC & Ebook; Penguin Audio)

Edited by Laura Perciasepe


Young Peoples Literature


EVERY BODY LOOKING by Candice Iloh (Dutton Books for Young Readers HC, PB, Ebook & Listening Library Audio)

Edited by Andrew Karre



WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (Dial Books for Young Readers HC, Ebook & LL Audio)

Edited by Kate Harrison



THE WAY BACK by Gavriel Savit (Knopf Books for Young Readers HC & E-book; Listening Library Audio)

Edited by Erin Clarke



Big congratulations to each of our nominees on this year’s short and long lists, their editors, and publishing colleagues.

Each judging group returns for its final round of deliberations to bestow the winning authors with their Award, online during the Wednesday night, November 18 virtual ceremony.

Best of Luck!


Posted: October 6, 2020