The National Book Foundation announced the shortlist of finalists for this year’s National Book Awards. The award ceremony will be held on November 20. The finalists for fiction include: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner; The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiria; The Good Lord Bird by James McBride; Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon; and Tenth of December by George Saunders. Nonfiction finalists are: Book of Ages by Jill Lepore; Hitler’s Furies by Wendy Lower; The Unwinding by George Packer; The Internal Enemy by Alan Taylor; and Going Clear by Lawrence Wright. In young people’s literature, finalists are 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; and Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang. And in poetry, the finalists are Metaphysical Dog by Frank Bidart; Stay, Illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido; The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka; Black Aperture by Matt Rasmussen; and Incarnadine by Mary Szybist. For more in-depth information on these books, see today’s NPR article.