National Book Award

National Book Award medalOn March 16, 1950, publishers, editors, writers, and critics gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City to celebrate the first annual National Book Awards, an award given to writers by writers. The American Book Publisher’s Council, The Book Manufacturers’ Institute, and The American Booksellers’ Association jointly sponsored the Awards, bringing together the American literary community for the first time to honor the year’s best work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Now, over a half-century since its inception, the National Book Awards continues to recognize the best of American literature, raising the cultural appreciation of great writing in the country while advancing the careers of both established and emerging writers like Richard Powers, Jonathan Franzen, and Lily Tuck.

 

2012
Poetry:
Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
Nonfiction:
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Fiction:
The Round House
2011
Poetry:
Head Off & Split
Nonfiction:
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Fiction:
Salvage the Bones
2010
Poetry:
Lighthead
Nonfiction:
Just Kids
Fiction:
Lord of Misrule
2009
Poetry:
Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy
Nonfiction:
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Fiction:
Let the Great World Spin
2008
Poetry:
Fire to Fire
Nonfiction:
The Hemingses of Monticello
Fiction:
Shadow Country