The winners of the awards in six categories (autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry) will be announced at a New York ceremony on March 12.
Here's four of the six category finalists:
Blake Bailey, "The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait"
Roz Chast, "Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?"
Lacy M. Johnson, "The Other Side"
Gary Shteyngart, "Little Failure"
Meline Toumani, "There Was and There Was Not"
Ezra Greenspan, "William Wells Brown: An African American Life"
S.C. Gwynne, "Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson"
John Lahr, "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh"
Ian S. MacNiven, "'Literchoor Is My Beat': A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions"
Miriam Pawel, "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography"
Rabih Alameddine, "An Unnecessary Woman"
Marlon James, "A Brief History of Seven Killings"
Lily King, "Euphoria"
Chang-rae Lee, "On Such a Full Sea"
Marilynne Robinson, "Lila"
David Brion Davis, "The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation"
Peter Finn and Petra Couvee, "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book"
Elizabeth Kolbert, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History"
Thomas Piketty, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer
Hector Tobar, "Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free"