National Book Awards Finalists Announced

The National Book Foundation announced on Wednesday the 2013 National Book Award finalists, with five nominees in each of the four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature. They were winnowed down from longlists of 10. The winners will be named at a gala dinner and ceremony in New York on Nov. 20.

Fiction:The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner.The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon.Tenth of December by George Saunders.

Nonfiction:Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore.Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower.The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer.The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor.Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright.

Poetry:Metaphysical Dog by Frank Bidart.Stay, Illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido.The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka.Black Aperture by Matt Rasmussen.Incarnadine by Mary Szybist.

Young People's Literature:The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt.The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata.Far Far Away by Tom McNeal.Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff.Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang.