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Gayl Jones, Tommie Smith Among National Book Award Finalists

This combination of photos shows  "His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice" by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, left, and "Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice," a collaboration among Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes and Dawud Anyabwile. (Viking/Norton Young Readers via AP)
This combination of photos shows "His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice" by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, left, and "Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice," a collaboration among Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes and Dawud Anyabwile. (Viking/Norton Young Readers via AP)
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New York (AP) -- Gayl Jones' “The Birdcatcher,” a short, lyrical novel about a writer's trip to Ibiza and the gifted, unstable couple she stays with, is a National Book Award finalist for fiction.

The nonprofit National Book Foundation announced Tuesday five finalists in each of five competitive categories — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people’s literature and translated books — winnowed from the 10 longlisted last month.