National Book Awards

September 17, 2020 - 12:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Wilkerson's “Caste,” her acclaimed study of racism in the United States, is among 10 nominees on the National Book Award longlist for nonfiction. The poetry list features works by Natalie Diaz and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, whose “Travesty Generator” features elegies to such...
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September 14, 2020 - 11:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Fiction by Ocean Vuong and Yoko Ogawa, a prison memoir by Alfred Woodfox and a graphic memoir based on actor George Takei's childhood in a U.S. internment camp for Japanese Americans are the among the winners of the 41st annual American Book Awards. The awards were announced Monday...
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This cover image released by Riverhead Books shows "Deacon King Kong," a novel by James McBride. Oprah Winfrey has chosen McBride’s “Deacon King Kong” for her book club. McBride’s novel is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969. It pays tribute to community and to McBride's own childhood in a Brooklyn project. (Riverhead Books via AP)
June 16, 2020 - 5:46 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has chosen James McBride's “Deacon King Kong” for her book club. McBride's novel is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969 and centers on the shooting of a drug dealer by an aging and tipsy church deacon. But it also pays tribute to community and to McBride's own...
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June 02, 2020 - 5:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — As nationwide protests against racism and police violence continue, readers are seeking out books old and new on race and criminal justice. Robin Diangelo's “White Fragility," Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" and Bryan Stevenson's “Just Mercy” were among the works high on the...
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January 21, 2020 - 9:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Masha Gessen, the Russian-born author and journalist, has a new book out in June. It's called “Surviving Autocracy," and is her first book since “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia," winner of the National Book Award in 2017. “Surviving Autocracy” was...
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November 20, 2019 - 6:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Choi’s novel “Trust Exercise” has won the National Book Award for fiction. Sarah M. Broom’s family memoir “The Yellow House” won in nonfiction and Martin W. Sandler’s “1919 The Year That Changed America” for young people’s literature. The winner for best translated book was...
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September 18, 2019 - 7:46 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren's reach has extended into the world of literary prizes. A communications strategist for the presidential candidate's campaign is on the poetry longlist of the National Book Awards. Camonghne Felix was cited for the collection "Build Yourself a Boat." It's one...
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FILE - This Nov. 14, 2018 file photo shows Polish author Olga Tokarczuk at the 69th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York. Tokarczuk's novel “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead,” translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, is among 10 fiction and nonfiction works on the National Book Awards longlist for translated literature, a category started last year. The lists will be narrowed to five finalists on Oct. 8. Winners will be announced Nov. 20. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)
September 17, 2019 - 8:35 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Authors from Asia, Africa and South America are among those on the National Book Awards longlist for translated literature, a category started last year. The 10 fiction and nonfiction works announced Tuesday include the celebrated Polish author Olga Tokarczuk's novel "Drive Your...
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September 16, 2019 - 8:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander are among the 10 authors on the young people's literature longlist for the National Book Awards. The wide-ranging list, which includes graphic fiction, historical narratives and stories in verse, was announced Monday by the...
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This combination of photos released by The Poetry Foundation shows, from left, Franny Choi, Michael Wasson, Justin Phillip Reed, Jose Olivarez and Jane Huffman who are the recipients of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. (The Poetry Foundation via AP)
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August 27, 2019 - 5:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Five young poets, including a National Book Award winner, have each received grants worth just over $25,000. Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announced Tuesday that the Lilly Rosenberg Fellowships were given to Franny Choi, Jane Huffman, José Olivarez, Justin Phillip Reed and...
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