Austin author Karan Mahajan is a National Book Award finalist

Karan Mahajan (photo: Molly Winters)
Karan Mahajan (photo: Molly Winters)

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.


51ao-p7gr4l-_sy344_bo1204203200_2016 National Book Award finalists, fiction:

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:

51ok705rhtl-_sy344_bo1204203200_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)


collectedpoemsdove_97803932859492016 National Book Award finalists, poetry:

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:

march-book-three-cover-100dpi_lgKate DiCamillo, “Raymie Nightingale” (Candlewick Press)

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)


Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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