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If you love reading as much as YDL does, you’re probably excited for October, and National Book Month!

Started by the National Book Foundation, National Book Month is a celebration of all things book-related. The month used to coincide with the announcement of the National Book Award finalists, and although the National Book Foundation no longer sponsors the celebration, the finalists will still be announced this October.

Celebrate National Book Month by–surprise–reading books! You can find your favorite or try something new in our catalog. We’re always adding new books to our shelves; explore what’s new in our stacks.

View the Finalists:

Fiction:

Tess GuntyThe Rabbit Hutch
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

Gayl JonesThe Birdcatcher
Beacon Press

Jamil Jan KochaiThe Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Sarah Thankam MathewsAll This Could Be Different
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Alejandro VarelaThe Town of Babylon
Astra House / Astra Publishing House

Poetry:

Tess GuntyThe Rabbit Hutch
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

Gayl JonesThe Birdcatcher
Beacon Press

Jamil Jan KochaiThe Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Sarah Thankam MathewsAll This Could Be Different
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Alejandro VarelaThe Town of Babylon
Astra House / Astra Publishing House

Young People’s Literature:

Kelly BarnhillThe Ogress and the Orphans
Algonquin Young Readers / Workman Publishing

Sonora ReyesThe Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers

Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud AnyabwileVictory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice
Norton Young Readers / W. W. Norton & Company

Sabaa TahirAll My Rage
Razorbill / Penguin Random House

Lisa Yee, Maizy Chen’s Last Chance
Random House Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

Nonfiction:

Meghan O’RourkeThe Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Imani PerrySouth to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation
Ecco / HarperCollins Publishers 

David QuammenBreathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus
Simon & Schuster

Ingrid Rojas ContrerasThe Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir
Doubleday / Penguin Random House

Robert Samuels and Toluse OlorunnipaHis Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Translated Literature:

Jon FosseA New Name: Septology VI-VII
Translated from the Norwegian by Damion Searls
Transit Books

Scholastique MukasongaKibogo
Translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti
Archipelago Books

Mónica OjedaJawbone
Translated from the Spanish by Sarah Booker
Coffee House Press

Samanta SchweblinSeven Empty Houses
Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Yoko TawadaScattered All Over the Earth
Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani
New Directions Publishing

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