Latest National Book Awards News

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. ...

Karen Tei Yamashita to receive honorary National Book Award

Sep. 10, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Karen Tei Yamashita, this year's recipient of a National Book Award for literary achievement, is in some ways a departure from previous winners. The National Book Foundation announced Friday that Yamashita has been awarded its medal for Distinguished...

Winfrey picks 'Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois' for book club

Aug. 24, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the year's most anticipated debut novels, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” is now an Oprah Winfrey book club pick. Published Tuesday, Jeffers' novel traces centuries of Black history through a family in the...