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Here Are the 2015 National Book Award Winners

The New Yorker Festival 2015 - The Fire This Time
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The National Book Foundation announced this year’s National Book Awards Wednesday night, which means that MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates, who took home the award for nonfiction with Between the World and Me, can add another line to his already lengthy resume. The fiction category, meanwhile, experienced a bit of an upset, as Adam Johnson’s story collection Fortune Smiles took first place over more buzzy contenders, Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life and Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies. Read the full list of finalists and winners (bolded) below. And congrats to all!

Karen E. Bender, Refund
Angela Flournoy, The Turner House
Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies
Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Sally Mann, Hold Still
Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus
Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran
Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light

Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn
Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus
Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things
Patrick Phillips, Elegy for a Broken Machine

Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish
Laura Ruby, Bone Gap
Steve Sheinkin, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep
Noelle Stevenson, Nimona