The National Book Foundation has announced its shortlist of finalists for the 2015 National Book Awards.

Founded in 1950, the National Book Awards is an annual celebration of American literature, bestowing prizes upon the best new books that fall under the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. Notable past winners have included Jonathan Franzen for The Corrections, Ralph Ellison for The Invisible Man, Patti Smith for Just Kids and Louis Sachar for Holes.

This year’s crop of nominees include several buzzed-about books, such as Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (which was also nominated for the Man Booker Prize this year) and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Read more…

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‘Fates and Furies,’ Ta-Nehisi Coates and more make 2015 National Book Awards shortlist