The finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards have been announced.
The 16 finalists were confirmed on Tuesday with the winners to be decided at the awards ceremony on May 15.
Now in its 50th year, the Book Awards offer four principal awards with a top prize of $50,000 for the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize.
The Poetry Award, the Illustrated Non-Fiction Award and the Royal Society Te Aparangi Award for General Non-Fiction are also up for grabs, with a prize of $10,000 each.
Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize:
- The New Animals - Pip Adam
- Salt Picnic - Patrick Evans
- Sodden Downstream - Brannavan Gnanalingam
- Baby - Annaleese Jochems
- Anchor Stone - Tony Beyer
- Night Horse - Elizabeth Smither
- Rawahi - Briar Wood
- The Yield - Sue Wootton
Illustrated Non-Fiction Award:
- Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds - Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins
- Totara: A Natural and Cultural History - Philip Simpson
- Gordon Walters: New Vision - Zara Stanhope (Commissioning Editor), Lucy Hammonds, Laurence Simmons and Julia Waite
- The Face of Nature: An Environmental History of the Otago Peninsula - Jonathan West
Royal Society Te Aparangi Award for General Non-Fiction:
- Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country 1864 - 1885 - Michael Belgrave
- Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds - Anne Salmond
- Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir - Tom Scott
- Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father - Diana Wichtel.