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Moroccan American novelist Laila Lalami, Rwandan novelist Scholastique Mukasonga, and Nigerian novelist Akwaeke Emezi are finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards in the US. The 25 shortlisted books and authors fall under five categories: Young People’s Literature, Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Translated Literature.

Lalami is nominated in the Fiction category for her fourth novel The Other Americans, described as “a timely and powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant—at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.”

Mukasonga is in the Translated Literature category for her memoir The Barefoot Woman, translated from the French by Jordan Stump. Emezi is in the Young People’s Literature category, for their debut YA novel PET, described as a “genre-defying novel that explores themes of identity and justice.”

The winners in the various categories will be announced on November 20.

Congratulations to them.

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