2017 National Book Award Winners Announced

Jasmyn Ward, winner of the National Book Award for fiction

Update: The National Book Foundation announced winners November 15, 2017. See the full list on their site. Jesmyn Ward is winner of the fiction category. We will update this story shortly.


On October 4, 2017, the Foundation announced 20 finalists in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.  Authorlink’s favorite for the fiction award is Elliot Ackerman. One Winner in each category will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Each Winner will receive a prize of $10,000. Each Finalist will receive a prize of $1,000.   Read more about the finalists following the links below.

Elliot AckermanDark at the Crossing 
(Knopf / Penguin Random House)

Lisa Ko, The Leavers
(Algonquin Books / Workman Publishing)

Min Jin LeePachinko
(Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group)

Carmen Maria MachadoHer Body and Other Parties: Stories
(Graywolf Press)

Jesmyn WardSing, Unburied, Sing
(Scribner / Simon & Schuster)


Haris Abad i is a man in vsearch of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir’s wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris’s choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? And will he be able to bring meaning to a life of increasing frustration and helplessness? Told with compassion and a deft hand, 

Dark at the Crossing is an exploration of loss, of second chances, and of why we choose to believe—a trenchantly observed novel of raw urgency and power.


Elliot Ackerman, author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue, is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe New Republic and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and a Marine, and has served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart.



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(Photo credit: Muhsin Akgun)