Latest National Book Awards News

Harold Bloom, author of 'Anxiety of Influence,' dies at 89

Oct. 14, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal "The Anxiety of Influence" and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom's wife, Jeanne, said that he...

Marlon James, Laili Lalami are National Book Award nominees

Oct. 8, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Marlon James fantasy novel "Black Leopard, Red Wolf," Laila Lalami's immigrant tale "The Other Americans" and Jason Reynolds' neighborhood story "Look Both Ways" are among this year's finalists for the 70th annual National Book Awards. Nominees announced Tuesday also include Albert Woodfox,...

Novels by Colson Whitehead, Marlon James on awards longlist

Sep. 20, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's brutal narrative of a boys' reform school, "The Nickel Boys," and Marlon James' fantasy epic "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" are among the works chosen by judges for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards. Others on the list of 10 include Taffy Brodesser-Akner's...

Books on border wall, Tribe Called Quest on awards longlist

Sep. 19, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by chef Iliana Regan and Hanif Abdurraqib's best-selling chronicle of A Tribe Called Quest are among the works on the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards. The 10 books announced Thursday by the National Book Foundation feature authors mostly new to the National Book...

Strategist for Sen. Warren on longlist for poetry award

Sep. 18, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren's reach has extended into the world of literary prizes. A communications strategist for the Democratic presidential contender's campaign is on the poetry longlist of the National Book Awards. Camonghne Felix was cited for the collection "Build Yourself a Boat," one of...

National Book Awards list for translation has global reach

Sep. 17, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Authors from Asia, Africa and South America are among those on the National Book Awards longlist for translated literature, a category started last year. The 10 fiction and nonfiction works announced Tuesday include the celebrated Polish author Olga Tokarczuk's novel "Drive Your Plow Over...

Young people's longlist announced for National Book Awards

Sep. 16, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander are among the 10 authors on the young people's literature longlist for the National Book Awards. The wide-ranging list, which includes graphic fiction, historical narratives and stories in verse, was announced Monday by the National...