National Book Awards

About The National Book Awards: “The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.”

To learn more and to see lists of all the National Book Award winners and finalists , visit the National Book Foundation website.

2011 National Book Awards

Fiction WinnerJesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones

Fiction FinalistsAndrew Krivak, The Sojourn | Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife | Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic | Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision

Nonfiction WinnerStephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Nonfiction FinalistsDeborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism | Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution | Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention | Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout

Poetry WinnerNikky Finney, Head Off & Split

Poetry FinalistsYusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch | Carl Phillips, Double Shadow | Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010 | Bruce Smith, Devotions

Young People’s Literature WinnerThanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again

Young People’s Literature FinalistsFranny Billingsley, Chime | Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy | Albert Marrin, Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy | Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now

2010 National Book Awards

Fiction WinnerJaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule

Fiction FinalistsPeter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America | Nicole Krauss, Great House | Lionel Shriver, So Much for That | Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel

Nonfiction WinnerPatti Smith, Just Kids

Nonfiction FinalistsBarbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea | John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq | Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward | Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War

Poetry WinnerTerrance Hayes, Lighthead

Poetry FinalistsKathleen Graber, The Eternal City | James Richardson, By the Numbers | C.D. Wright, One with Others | Monica Youn, Ignatz

Young People’s Literature WinnerKathryn Erskine, Mockingbird

Young People’s Literature Finalists — Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker | Laura McNeal, Dark Water | Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown | Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer

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