Latest National Book Awards News

Joan Didion, peerless prose stylist, dies at 87

Dec. 23, 2021 12:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Didion, the revered author and essayist whose precise social and personal commentary in such classics as “The White Album” and “The Year of Magical Thinking” made her a uniquely clear-eyed critic of turbulent times, has died. She was 87. Didion's...

Prominent poet Robert Bly, author of 'Iron John', dies at 94

Nov. 22, 2021 15:50 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Robert Bly, one of the most prominent American poets of the last half century and author of the best-selling men’s movement classic “Iron John,” has died. He was 94. Bly, an active poet, writer and editor for more than 50 years and a celebrated...

Award winner Martín Espada among writers in new fellowship

Nov. 19, 2021 09:15 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's winner of the National Book Award for poetry, Martín Espada, is among 20 Puerto Rican writers chosen as the inaugural fellows for a program co-founded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund. The Letras...

Jason Mott, Tiya Miles win National Book Awards

Nov. 18, 2021 09:29 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Mott's "Hell of a Book,” a surreal meta-narrative about an author's promotional tour and his haunted past and present, has won the National Book Award for fiction — a plot twist Mott did not imagine for himself. “Hell of a Book” is a...