Julia Phillips’ debut novel Disappearing Earth was a finalist for this year’s National Book Award. But Phillips explains that her first book was actually a project she made at her local public library as a child, through a four-week “make your own book” course for elementary… READ MORE
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction in 2017. This year, she returns with a second novel, The Revisioners, which, like her first, is set in the South, where she’s from.
She never expected the… READ MORE
The National Book Awards finalists have been announced—how many can you read before the winners are announced on November 20? Five finalists have been chosen in each of five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people's literature. Discover… READ MORE
Sarah Smarsh, the first-time author of Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, began her book in 2002 while a senior at the University of Kansas, researching her family’s chaotic history.
Sixteen years later, it was a finalist for… READ MORE