Jhumpa Lahiri in New York City. Photo: Evan Agostini/ Getty Images
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 10:10 AM EDT

Five authors of color are among this year's finalists for the National Book Awards. The list includes: Jhumpa Lahiri ("The Lowland")  and James McBride ("The Good Lord Bird") for fiction; Adrian Matejka ("The Big Smoke") for poetry; and  Cynthia Kadohata ("The Thing About Luck") and Gene Luen Yang ("Boxers & Saints") in young people's literature.

Historian Alan Taylor's book about slavery in Virginia is also up for a non-fiction award. 

The awards will be announced in New York City on November 20. Head over to the National Book Awards' site to see a full list of the finalists