Thursday, November 12, 2020

National Book Awards 2020

Sponsored by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award winners are selected in five categories:  Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People's Literature.  This annual award began in 1950 when a consortium of book publishing groups sponsored the 1st annual National Book Awards Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.  The goal was to enhance the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans and to increase the popularity of reading in general. 

On October 6th, 2020, the National Book Award finalists for each category were announced, and the winners were announced on November 18th, 2020.  If you would like to find out more about the National Book Awards, please go to  

Come and check out the National Book Awards Finalists and Winners display at the Al Harris Library!

The 2020 National Book Award winners are: 

Fiction:  Yu, Charles.  Interior China

Nonfiction:  Payne, Les.  The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

Poetry: Choi, Don MeeDMZ Colony 

Translated Literature: Miri, Yu.  Tokyo Ueno Station

Young People's Literature:  Callender, Kacen.  King and the Dragonflies 

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