Watch the 2023 National Book Awards Finalist Reading

Each year, the Finalists in Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature gather the evening before the National Book Awards Ceremony to read excerpts from their honored works.

The 2023 National Book Awards Finalist Reading will be hosted by Parul Sehgal, staff writer at The New Yorker.

The event will be presented in person at NYU Skirball and livestreamed.
The program will begin at 7:00pm EST.

Presented in partnership with the NYU Creative Writing Program.

To learn more about the 2023 National Book Awards Finalists, click here.

Fiction Finalists:

  • Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Chain-Gang All-Stars
  • Aaliyah Bilal, Temple Folk
  • Paul Harding, This Other Eden
  • Hanna Pylväinen, The End of Drum-Time
  • Justin Torres, Blackouts

Nonfiction Finalists:

  • Ned Blackhawk, The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History
  • Cristina Rivera Garza, Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice
  • Christina Sharpe, Ordinary Notes
  • Raja Shehadeh, We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I: A Palestinian Memoir
  • John Vaillant, Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World

Poetry Finalists:

  • John Lee Clark, How to Communicate
  • Craig Santos Perez, from unincorporated territory [åmot]
  • Evie Shockley, suddenly we
  • Brandon Som, Tripas
  • Monica Youn, From From

Translated Literature Finalists:

  • Bora Chung and translator Anton Hur, Cursed Bunny
  • David Diop and translator Sam Taylor, Beyond the Door of No Return
  • Stênio Gardel and translator Bruna Dantas Lobato, The Words That Remain
  • Pilar Quintana and translator Lisa Dillman, Abyss
  • Astrid Roemer and translator Lucy Scott, On a Woman’s Madness

Young People’s Literature Finalists:

  • Kenneth M. Cadow, Gather
  • Huda Fahmy, Huda F Cares?
  • Vashti Harrison, Big
  • Katherine Marsh, The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine
  • Dan Santat, A First Time for Everything

(Finalists will not appear in this order. For select Finalists unable to attend, a literary luminary will read on their behalf.)

author photo of Parul Sehgal. (Photo credit: David Surowiecki)
Parul Sehgal. (Photo credit: David Surowiecki)


Parul Sehgal is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She was previously a book critic at the New York Times, where she also worked as a senior editor and columnist. She has won awards for her criticism from the New York Press Club, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Robert B. Silvers Foundation. She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at New York University.


The 74th National Book Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live on November 15, 2023 at 8:00pm ET. Sign up to watch, receive updates about the upcoming ceremony, and discover this year’s Winners in real-time.


Watch the 2023 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference

The National Book Awards Teen Press Conference brings the excitement of the most prestigious literary award in the US to middle and high school students in New York City, and across the country. Held during National Book Awards Week, Teen Press Conference invites school groups to attend a free literary event that is curated just for them.

Tuesday November 14th, 2023
Livestream: 10:30am-11:30am EST

Author photo of Dhonielle Clayton. (Photo credit: Jess Andree)
Dhonielle Clayton. (Photo credit: Jess Andree)


Dhonielle Clayton is a New York Times bestselling author of The Conjureverse series, The Belles series, Shattered Midnight, co-author of Blackout, Whiteout, The Rumor Game, and of the Tiny Pretty Things duology, a Netflix original series. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She taught secondary school for several years, and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books. She is the President and founder of Cake Creative and Electric Postcard Entertainment, IP story companies creating diverse books for all ages. She’s an avid traveller, and always on the hunt for magic and mischief.



Kenneth M. Cadow, Gather
Candlewick Press

Huda Fahmy, Huda F Cares?
Dial Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

Vashti Harrison, Big
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette Book Group

Katherine Marsh, The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine
Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan Publishers

Dan Santat, A First Time for Everything
First Second / Macmillan Publishers

If you have any questions, please email NBF Education Manager Julianna Lee Marino at

Teen Press Conference is supported, in part, by The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.