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The MFA in Creative Writing Program at The New School was honored to host the 67th National Book Awards 2016 Finalists Reading on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. One of the most anticipated events of the fall, the Creative Writing Program has been home to this reading for nearly two decades. Twenty-two of the twenty-three National Book Award finalists (listed below) read excerpts from their nominated books before a sold-out crowd. This year's event was hosted by BuzzFeed's Isaac Fitzgerald and Saeed Jones.

"The literature we're here to hear tonight connects us," said Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation before the reading. "Each and every one of these books is important, beautiful and meaningful. I encourage you to read them; they will make your lives better."

Photos by MFA student Kelly Stewart

LIST OF FINALISTS

Fiction:

Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special (W. W. Norton & Company)
Paulette Jiles, News of the World (William Morrow/HarperCollinsPublishers)
Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs (Viking Books/Penguin Random House)
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (Doubleday/Penguin Random House)
Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn (Amistad/HarperCollinsPublishers)

Non-fiction:

Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press)
Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books)
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press)
Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon Books/Penguin Random House)

Poetry:

Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human (Brooklyn Arts Press)
Rita Dove, Collected Poems 1974 – 2004 (W. W. Norton & Company)
Peter Gizzi, Archeophonics (Wesleyan University Press)
Jay Hopler, The Abridged History of Rainfall (McSweeney’s)
Solmaz Sharif, Look (Graywolf Press)

Young People's Literature:

Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale (Candlewick Press)
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Artist), March: Book Three (Top Shelf Productions / IDW Publishing)
Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Jason Reynolds, Ghost (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star (Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House)

About The Author

Founded in Greenwich Village in 1931, Creative Writing at The New School continues to promote, engender, and shape innovative literature.