Blog: Finalists for the 2013 National Book Awards


The National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2013 National Book Awards. The judges selected twenty books from a field of over 1400 submitted by American publishers for American authors. Each finalist will receive $1000, a medal, and a citation.

The winners will be announced at the 63rd National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York City on Wednesday, November 14. Each winner will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture.


Judges: Charles Baxter, Gish Jen, Charles McGrath, Rick Simonson, René Steinke

  • Book:The Flamethrowers (Rachel Kushner)
  • Book:The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  • Book:The Good Lord Bird
  • Book:Bleeding Edge
  • Book:Tenth of December


Judges: Jabari Asim, André Bernard, M.G. Lord, Lauren Redniss, Eric Sundquist

  • Book:Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
  • Book:Hitler's Furies
  • Book:The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
  • Book:The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
  • Book:Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief


Judges: Nikky Finney, Ada Limón, D.A. Powell, Jahan Ramazani, Craig Morgan Teicher

  • Book:Metaphysical Dog: Poems
  • Book:Stay, Illusion
  • Book:The Big Smoke
  • Book:Black Aperture
  • Book:Incarnadine: Poems

Young People’s Literature

Judges: Deb Caletti, Cecil Castellucci, Peter Glassman, E. Lockhart, Lisa Von Drasek

  • Book:The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
  • Book:The Thing About Luck
  • Book:Far Far Away
  • Book:Picture Me Gone
  • Book:Boxers & Saints


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Book:Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

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