Latest National Book Awards News

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...

Groff, Doerr are among National Book Award finalists

Oct. 05, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Groff is a National Book Award finalist for her third consecutive book, nominated in the fiction category Tuesday for her historical novel “Matrix.” Anthony Doerr's multi-generational epic “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” his first work since the Pulitzer Prize-winning...

Winfrey chooses Richard Powers' 'Bewilderment' for book club

Sep. 28, 2021 08:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey’s new book club pick is Richard Powers' “Bewilderment,” his first novel since the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Overstory" and already on the fiction longlist for the National Book Awards. “My next selection is from one of our...

National Book Awards ceremony will again be held online

Sep. 24, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For the second straight year, the National Book Awards ceremony will be held online. The National Book Foundation, which presents the awards each fall, announced Friday that it had decided to make the Nov. 17 event virtual because of the pandemic. The...

Pulitzer-winning reporter Jim Sheeler dead at 53

Sep. 22, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Sheeler, a former Rocky Mountain News journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his extensive and compassionate reporting on the families of Colorado soldiers killed in the Iraq War and the man tasked with notifying them, has died. Sheeler, who was also an author, was 53. ...

Doerr, Powers on fiction longlist for National Book Awards

Sep. 17, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Doerr, Richard Powers and Lauren Groff are among this years nominees on the National Book Awards' fiction longlist, which also includes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' epic debut novel “The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois,” already an Oprah Winfrey selection and...

Louis Menand among nonfiction National Book Award nominees

Sep. 16, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Menand's Cold War cultural history “The Free World” and Hanif Abdurraqib's meditation on Black artistry “A Little Devil in America” are among the works on the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards. On Thursday, the National Book...

National Book Award longlists announced in 2 categories

Sep. 15, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories ranging from retellings of the myths of Paul Bunyan and of Hans Christian Andersen's “The Snow Queen” to a look back at the Black Panther Party are among the 10 nominees on the longlist for the National Book Award for young people's literature. ...