2021 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.  The 2021 winners, shortlists and longlists are listed below—scroll through or choose your category:

Fiction  |  Translated Literature  |  Nonfiction  |  Poetry  |  Young People's Literature


 

Fiction

Winner:

Book cover: Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

 

Shortlist:

Book cover: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr Book cover: Matrix by Lauren Groff Book cover: Zorrie by Laird Hunt Book cover: The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

 

Longlist:

Book cover: The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers Book cover: Abundance by Jakob Guanzon Book cover: Intimacies by Katie Kitamura Book cover: The Souvenir Museum by Elizabeth McCrecken Book cover: Bewilderment by Richard Powers

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Translated Literature

Winner:

Book cover: Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin, translated from the French by Aneesa Abbas Higgins

 

Shortlist:

Book cover: Planet of Clay by Samar Yazbek, Translated from the Arabic by Leri Price Book cover: The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernández, translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer Book cover: When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut, translated from the Spanish by Adrian Nathan West Book cover: Peach Blossom Paradise by Ge Fei, translated from the Chinese by Canaan Morse

 

Longlist:

Book cover: On the Origin of Species and Other Stories by Bo-Young Kim, translated from the Korean by Joungmin Lee Comfort and Sora Kim-Russell Book cover: An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky, translated from the German by Jackie Smith Book cover: In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated from the Russian by Sasha Dugdale  Book cover: Waiting for the Waters to Rise by Maryse Condé, translated from the French by Richard Philcox Book cover: Rabbit Island: Stories by Elvira Navarro, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney

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Nonfiction

Winner:

Book cover: All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles

 

Shortlist:

Book cover: Running Out by Lucas Bessire Book cover: Tastes Like War by Grace Cho Book cover: A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqir Book cover: Covered With Night by Nicole Eustacce 

 

Longlist:

Book cover: How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint SmithBook cover: The Ground Breaking by Scott Ellsworth Book cover: The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee Book cover: The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menard  Book cover: The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship by Deborah Willis

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Poetry

Winner:

Book cover: Floaters by Martín Espada

 

Shortlist:

Book cover: Sho by Douglas Kearney Book cover: What Noise Against the Cane by Desiree C. Bailey  Book cover: A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure by Hoa Nguyen Book cover: The Sunflower Cast A Spell To Save Us From The Void by Jackie Wang

 

Longlist:

Book cover: Ghost Letters by Baba Badji Book cover: The Vault by Andrés Cerpa Book cover: Twice Alive by Forrest Gander Book cover: Master Suffering by CM BurroughsBook cover: The Wild Fox of Yemen by Threa Almontaser

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Young People's Literature

Winner:

Book cover: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

 

Shortlist:

Book cover: The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor Book cover: Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff Book cover: Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon Book cover: Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

Longlist:

Book cover: Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo Book cover: A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger Book cover: The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore Book cover: Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrations by Floyd Cooper Book cover: From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo

    

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