2019 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.

 

Check out the full list of winners, finalists, and longlisted titles below!


 

Fiction

Winner:

Book cover: Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Finalists:

Book cover: Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine Book cover: Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James Book cover: The Other Americans by Laila Lalami Book cover: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Longlisted:

Book cover: The Need by Helen Phillips Book cover: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong Book cover: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead Book cover: Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Anker Book cover: Black Light: Stories by Kimberly King


 

Young People's Literature

Winner:

Book cover: 1919: The Year that Changed America by Martin W. Sandler

Finalists:

Book cover: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi Book cover: Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby Book cover: Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay Book cover: Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

Longlisted:

Book cover: A Place to Belong by Dynthia Kadohata Book cover: Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve Book cover: Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson Book cover: Kiss Number 8 by Collen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw Book cover: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson


 

Translation

Winner:

Book cover: Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming by László Krasznahorkai, translated by Ottilie Mulzet

Finalists:

Book cover: Death Is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa Book cover: The Barefoot Woman by Scholastique Mukasonga Book cover: Crossing by  Pajtim Statovci, translated by David Hackston Book cover: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Longlisted:

Book cover: When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back by Naja Marie Aidt Book cover: The Collector of Leftover Souls by Eliane Brum Book cover: Space Invaders by Nona Fernandez Book cover: Will and Testament by Vigdis Hjorth Book cover: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk   


 

Poetry

Winner:

Book cover: Sight Lines by Arthur Sze

Finalists:

Book cover: The Tradition by Jericho Brown Book cover: I: New and Selected Poems by Toi Derricotte Book cover: Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky Book cover: Be Recorder by Carmen Giménez Smith

Longlisted:

Book cover: Variations on Dawn and Dusk by Dan Beachy-Quick Book cover: A Sand Book by Ariana Reines Book cover: Dunce by Mary Ruefle Book cover: Build Yourself a Boat by Camonghne Felix Book cover: Doomstead Days by Brian Teare


 

Nonfiction

Winner:

Book cover: The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Finalists:

Book cover: What You Have Heard Is True by Carolyn Forché Book cover: Thick and Other Essays by Tressia McMillan Cotton Book cover: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer Book cover: Solitary by Albert Woodfox

Longlisted:

Book cover: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe Book cover: Burn the Palace by Iliana Regan Book cover: Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Book cover: Go Ahead in the rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib Book cover: The End of Myth: From the Frontier to the Bordrer Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin

 

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