- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Debut novelist Tea Obreht, poet Adrienne Rich and Malcolm X biographer Manning Marable, who died on the eve of his book’s publication, are among this year’s finalists for the National Book Awards.

Other nominees announced Wednesday include young adult author Lauren Myracle, poets Carl Phillips and Yusef Komunyakaa, and scholar Stephen Greenblatt, author of the Renaissance-era history “The Swerve.”

Five nominees were chosen in each of four competitive categories. Honorary winners, previously announced, include poet John Ashbery and bookseller Mitchell Kaplan. The remainder of the winners will be announced at a Nov. 16 ceremony in New York.

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