National Book Awards 2017

Last night, Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Cynthia Nixon hosted the 2017 National Book Awards in New York City. Below is a full list of nominations and winners from the ceremony.



  • Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing
  • Lisa Ko, The Leavers
  • Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
  • Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
  • WINNER: Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing


  • Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
  • Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
  • WINNER: Masha Gessen, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
  • David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America


  • WINNER: Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016
  • Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings
  • Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS
  • Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor
  • Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems

Young People’s Literature

  • Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of
  • WINNER: Robin Benway, Far from the Tree
  • Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
  • Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
  • Ibi Zoboi, American Street