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National Book Awards – 2017

 

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“The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.” *
 

The National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation. There are twenty judges for the competition, five in each of the categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature. The judges are a mix of writers, librarians and booksellers. This year, American publishers submitted books published between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017, written by American authors. The winners were announced on November 15, 2017. Each Winner received a prize of $10,000. Each Finalist received a prize of $1,000. 

 

The winners are indicated in red. Click on the authors’ names to discover information about the book.


Fiction:

Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing

Lisa Ko, The Leavers

Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

 

Non-Fiction:

Masha Gessen, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

 


Poetry:

Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016

Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings  

Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS

Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor

Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems

 

Young People’s Literature:

Robin Benway, Far from the Tree

Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of

Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Ibi Zoboi, American Street

 

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the National Book Awards – 2017!    :-)

 

The National Book Awards 2016

 

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“The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.” *

 

The National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation. There are twenty judges for the competition, five in each of the categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature. The judges are a mix of writers, librarians and booksellers. This year, American publishers submitted books published between December 1, 2015 and November 30, 2016, written by American authors. The winners were announced on November 16, 2016. Each Winner will receive a prize of $10,000 each. Each Finalist will receive a prize of $1,000 each. 

 

The winners are indicated in red. Click on the authors’ names to discover information about the books.

 

Fiction Finalists

 

Nonfiction Finalists:

 

Poetry Finalists:

 

Young People's Literature Finalists:

 

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!  :-)

 

*www.nationalbook.org

 

 

10 of the Best Books of the Past Year-2016 update

 

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…and the prize goes to…

 

Readers all over the world choose their next book based on the award winners announced by various organizations during the recent year. Here is a list of ten popular awards for recent novels in the adult category to receive applause and/or rave reviews from colleagues in the genre or from readers who loved the books.

 

Have you read any books on the list? If so, let us know what you enjoyed about them in the comment section. 

 

Agatha Award given to mystery and crime writers, in 2015 cozy subgenre:

“Long Upon the Land” by Margaret Maron

 

Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction 2016:

“The Five Times I Met Myself” by James L. Rubart

 

Edgar Allen Poe Award awarded by the Mystery Writers of America 2016:

“Let Me Die in His Footsteps” by Lori Roy

 

Goodreads Choice Awards chosen by readers 2015:

“Go Set A Watchman” by Harper Lee

 

Hugo Awards awarded for the best Science Fiction or Fantasy 2016:

“The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin

 

Macavity Award given to favorite 2015 mystery by Mystery Readers International:

“The Killer Next Door” by Alex Marwood

 

Man Booker Prize literary prize for best 2015 novel translated to English language:  “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith

 

National Book Award for fiction given to U.S. authors 2015:

“Fortune Smiles: Stories” by Adam Johnson

 

Nebula Awards presented by Science Fiction Writers for 2015 work:

“Uprooted” by Naomi Novik

 

Pulitzer Prize in Literature administered by Columbia University 2016:

“The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

Congratulations to all the winners!  :-)

 

 

 

National Book Award 2015 Finalists and Winners

 

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“The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.” *

The National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation. There are twenty judges for the competition, five in each of the categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature. The judges are a mix of writers, librarians and booksellers. This year, American publishers submitted books published between December 1, 2014 and November 30, 2015, written by American authors.

Winners are indicated in red.

 

Fiction Finalists

Karen E. Bender, Refund

Angela Flournoy, The Turner House

Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies

Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles

Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

 

Non-Fiction Finalists

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Sally Mann, Hold Still

Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus

Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran

Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light

 

Poetry Finalists

Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,

Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn

Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus

Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things

Patrick Phillips, Elegy for a Broken Machine

 

Young People’s Literature Finalists

Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish

Laura Ruby, Bone Gap

Steve Sheinkin, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep

Noelle Stevenson, Nimona

 

 

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!!

 

*www.nationalbook.org

 

 

10 of the Best Books of the Past Year (2015 update)

 

BookStack

…and the prize goes to…

 

Readers all over the world choose their next book based on the award winners announced by various organizations during the recent year. Here is a list of ten popular awards for recent novels in the adult category to receive applause and/or rave reviews from colleagues in the genre or from readers who loved the books.

 

Have you read any books on the list? If so, let us know in the comment section what you enjoyed about them. 

 

Agatha Award given to mystery and crime writers, in cozy subgenre 2014:

“Truth be Told” by Hank Phillippi Ryan

 

Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction 2015:

“Thief of Glory” by Sigmund Brouwer

 

Edgar Allen Poe Award awarded by the Mystery Writers of America 2015:

“Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King

 

Goodreads Choice Awards chosen by readers 2014:

“Landline” by Rainbow Rowell

 

Hugo Awards awarded for the best Science Fiction or Fantasy 2014:

“Ancillary Justice” by Ann Leckie

 

Macavity Award given to favorite mystery by Mystery Readers International 2014:

“Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger

 

Man Booker Prize literary prize for best original English language novel 2014:  “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Richard Flanagan

 

National Book Award for fiction given to U.S. authors 2014:

“Redeployment” by Phil Klay

 

Nebula Awards presented by Science Fiction Writers 2015:

“Annihilation” by Jeff VanderMeer

 

Pulitzer Prize in Literature administered by Columbia University 2015:

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

 

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

The National Book Award for fiction – 2014 Long List and Finalists

 

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“The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.” (www.nationalbook.org)

 

There were over 440 submissions in the category of fiction for adult readers this year. The National Book Award recipients must be American citizens and an American publisher must have published the entries during the previous twelve months.

 

The publishers submit titles to the NBA Foundation for consideration. Self-published works are not eligible unless the author also publishes books by other authors. Different panels for each category read all the submitted titles. This year, writers, publishers, librarians, booksellers, and book critics served on the panels.

 

The list of winners in fiction for adult readers for the last ten years:

2004:  “The News from Paraguay” by Lily Tuck

2005:  “Europe Central” by William T. Vollmann

2006:  “The Echo Maker” by Richard Powers

2007:  “Tree of Smoke” by Denis Johnson

2008:  “Shadow Country” by Peter Matthiessen

2009:  “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann

2010:  “Lord of Misrule” by Jaimy Gordon

2011:  “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward

2012:  “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich

2013:  “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride

 

The 2014 long list of fiction nominees is:

“An Unnecessary Woman” by Rabih Alameddine

“The UnAmericans” by Molly Antopol

“Wolf in White Van” by John Darnielle

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

“Redeployment” by Phil Klay

“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel

“Thunderstruck & Other Stories” by Elizabeth McCracken

“Orfeo” by Richard Powers

“Lila” by Marilynne Robinson

“Some Luck” by Jane Smiley

 

The long list was whittled to five finalists and announced on October 15th.

The Finalists for Adult Fiction in 2014 are:

"An Unnecessary Woman"  by Rabih Alameddine

"All the Light We Cannot See"  by Anthony Doerre

"Redeployment"  by Phil Klay –  WINNER

"Station Eleven"  by Emily St. John Mandel

"Lila"  by Marilynne Robinson

The winner was announced on November 19th and will receive $10,000 and promotion of their winning title (as well as of their future work).

 

Have you read any of the books on the National Book Award list? If so, let us know what you thought in the comments below.

Happy reading!