Austin author Karan Mahajan is a National Book Award finalist with his novel “The Association of Small Bombs” (Viking).
Mahajan, who will be teaching at UT in the spring, holds an MFA from the Michener Center. His first novel, “Family Planning” (2008), won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award and was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize.
The prizes will be awarded Nov. 16 in New York. The Texas Book Festival, which Mahajan will be attending, is Nov. 5 and 6.
The complete list is below.
Chris Bachelder, “The Throwback Special” (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Paulette Jiles, “News of the World” (William Morrow)
Karan Mahajan, “The Association of Small Bombs” (Viking)
Colson Whitehead, “The Underground Railroad” (Doubleday)
Jacqueline Woodson, “Another Brooklyn” (Amistad)
2016 National Book Award finalists, nonfiction:
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)
Daniel Borzutzky, “The Performance of Becoming Human” (Brooklyn Arts Press)
Rita Dove, “Collected Poems 1974 – 2004” (W. W. Norton & Co.)
Peter Gizzi, “Archeophonics” (Wesleyan University Press)
Jay Hopler, “The Abridged History of Rainfall” (McSweeney’s)
Solmaz Sharif, “Look” (Graywolf Press)
2016 National Book Award finalists, young people’s literature:
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (artist) “March: Book Three” (Top Shelf)
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)