The National Book Awards is a prestigious event celebrating noteworthy titles published within the past year. This award is sponsored by the National Book Foundation, an organization that strives to promote and celebrate literature in America. In each of the five categories, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature, one winner is picked by a panel of judges. This November marks the 69th year of the National Book Awards, and the ceremony (which is available for public viewing here) was hosted by Nick Offerman.
The Friend is a novel that reads like a memoir. It is a story of a woman whose longtime friend commits suicide and the void that this creates. Taking in the deceased’s beloved dog, our heroine faces a journey against grief.
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart
This biographical tome has been regarded as a deeply researched and engaged look into the life of Alain Locke.
Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed
Reed explores a variety of complex social issues in this innovative and passionate collection. Utilizing form and structure in inconsistent ways, Indecency packs an insightful punch.
The Emissary by Yoko Tawada
Translated from the original Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani, this story takes place in a dystopian Japan. Regarded as a gripping science fiction, The Emissary is a book you won’t want to put down.
Young People’s Literature
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
This debut novel is the case of an author writing what she knows. Acevedo, a renowned slam poet, details emotions in verse that captures the story of a young Hispanic woman growing up in Harlem.
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