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The finalists for the National Book Awards were announced for 2021, with Lauren Groff, Anthony Doerr and Hanif Abdurraqib among the nominees for the prestigious literary prizes.

Featuring stories about a woman defying the medieval patriarchy, two enslaved Black men finding love and a young girl who finds freedom in books and art during the Syrian civil war, 25 works were chosen by the National Book Foundation in five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature and young people’s literature.

Among the finalists are five authors and two translators previously recognized by the organization. All the poetry finalists are first-time honorees, and four of the 25 nominees are debut authors.

The winners will be announced at the 72nd National Book Awards virtual ceremony on Nov. 17.

Karen Tei Yamashita and Nancy Pearl will also be recognized, respectively, with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

Book images courtesy of Amazon.com.

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