2023 National Book Award Shortlists

The National Book Foundation has announced the 2023 National Book Award Shortlists. The winners in each of the five categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature—will be announced during an awards ceremony on November 15.

Some of the shortlisted works are of genre interest: Chain-Gang All-Stars (Fiction), Cursed Bunny (Translation).




  • How to Communicate by John Lee Clark (Norton)
  • from unincorporated territory [åmot] by Craig Santos Perez (Omnidawn)
  • suddenly we by Evie Shockley (Wesleyan UP)
  • Tripas by Brandon Som (Georgia Review)
  • From From by Monica Youn (Graywolf)


  • Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung, translated from the Korean by Anton Hur (Algonquin)
  • Beyond the Door of No Return by David Diop, translated from the French by Sam Taylor (FSG)
  • The Words That Remain by Stênio Gardel, translated from the Portuguese by Bruna Dantas Lobato (New Vessel)
  • Abyss by Pilar Quintana, translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman (World Editions)
  • On a Woman’s Madness by Astrid Roemer, translated from the Dutch by Lucy Scott (Two Lines)


[Via Publishers Weekly.]

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