2017 National Book Award Winner for Fiction

The winner of the 2017 National Book Award for fiction is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. “Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by... Continue Reading →


2017 National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Awards has chosen its five fiction finalists for 2017.  You can see the finalists in other categories on their site. Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman "Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross... Continue Reading →

2015 NBA Finalists

The 2015 National Book Award Finalists have been announced!  Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life has been making longlists and shortlists all year long without a win so far.  I wonder if the NBAs will be his chance.  Have a look at this year's longlist.  The winner of the NBA will be announced on 18 November.... Continue Reading →

2015 NBA Longlist

The 2015 National Book Award Longlist has been released.  Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara were also both recently longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.  All blurbs are from GoodReads.  Here are the ten books that made the NBA cut:   Jesse Ball, A... Continue Reading →

2013 National Book Award for Fiction

Last night the winners of the National Book Award were revealed and The Good Lord Bird by James McBride took home the fiction prize. From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must... Continue Reading →

2013 National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Awards has released their list of Finalists for 2013.  One book in particular has featured on a number of other book award shortlists this year; Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland.  The NBA is only awarded to American citizens and the winner will be announced on the 20th of November.  See the finalists of... Continue Reading →

2012 National Book Award Winner

The 2012 National Book Award for Fiction was awarded to: Louise Erdrich’s The Round House The Round House, named Book of the Year by Amazon, is set on a Native American reservation for the Ojibwe people in North Dakota in 1988 and follows the investigations of 13 year old Joe as he seeks the truth... Continue Reading →

2010 National Book Award Winner

The 2010 National Book Awards were held last night and the winner is: Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordan This is what Publisher’s Weekly thought of Lord of Misrule: "National Book Award-finalist Gordon's new novel begins and ends at a backwoods race track in early-1970s West Virginia, where horse trainer Tommy Hansel dreams up a... Continue Reading →

2010 National Book Award Finalists

Yesterday, October 13th, author Pat Conroy announced the 2010 National Book Award Finalists.  Those shortlisted for the prize won’t surprise you – you’ve seen some win awards already while others are surrounded by buzz.  Some have already commented on the absence of “Book of the Year” Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom from the shortlist however judges reiterated... Continue Reading →

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