2020 National Book Awards

Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization.  Awards are given for young people's literature, translation, poetry, nonfiction, and fiction.


 

Fiction

Winner:

Book cover: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Finalists:

Book cover: Leave the World Behind by Runaam Alam   Book cover: A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet   Book cover: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw   Book cover: Shuggie Brain by Douglas Stuart

Longlisted:

Book cover: The Index of Self-Destructive Acts by Christopher Beha   Book cover: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett   Book cover: If I Had Two Wings: Stories by Randal Kenan   Book cover: A Burning by Megha Majumdar   Book cover: The Great Offshore Grounds by Vanessa Veselka  


 

Translated Literature

Winner:

Book cover: Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri

Finalists:

Book cover: High As the Waters Rise by Anja Kampmann   Book cover: The Family Clause by Jonas Hassen Khemini   Book cover: The Bitch by Pilar Quintana   Book cover: Minor Detail by Adannia Shibli

Longlisted:

Book cover: The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar   Book cover: The Helios Disaster by Linda Boström Knausgård   Book cover: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor   Book cover: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo   Book cover: The Story of a Goat by Perumal Murugan


 

Nonfiction

Winner:

Book cover: The Dead Are Arising by Les and Tamara Payne

Finalists:

Book cover: The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio   Book cover: Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory by Claudio Saunt   Book cover: My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland   Book cover: How to Make a Slave, and Other Essays by Jerald Walker

Longlisted

Book cover: Is Rape A Crime? A Memoir, and Investigation, and a Manifesto by Michelle Bowdler   Book cover: If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lepore   Book cover: Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaught   Book cover: Afropessimism by Frank B. Wilderson III   Book cover: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson


 

Poetry

Winner:

Book cover: DMZ Colony  by Don Mee Choi

Finalists:

Book cover: A Treatise on Stars by Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge   Book cover: Fantasia for the Man in Blue by Tommye Blount   Book cover: Borderland Apocrypha by Anthony Cody   Book cover: Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

Longlisted:

Book cover: The Galleons: Poems by Rick Barot   Book cover: Travesty Generator by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram   Book cover: Obit by Victoria Chang   Book cover: Guillotine by Eduardo C. Corral   Book cover: The Age of Phillis by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers


 

Young People's Literature

Winner:

Book cover: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

Finalists:

Book cover: We Are Not Free by Traci Chee   Book cover: Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh   Book cover: When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed   Book cover: The Way Back by Gavriel Savit

Longlisted:

Book cover: Lifting As We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne   Book cover: Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth   Book cover: Throwbridge Road by Marcella Pixley   Book cover: How We Got to the Moon by John Rocco   Book cover: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

    

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