Congratulations to the National Book Award Winners!

On Wednesday night, the National Book Foundation handed out its prestigious National Book Award, which was created in 1950 to celebrate the best of American literature.  The four awarded titles were:

NPR posted a brief article about Lisa Lucas, who recently took over as head of the National Book Foundation, and said this about the power of reading:

This year, the National Book Awards ceremony comes at a time when the nation has rarely seemed more divided. The bitter presidential campaign exposed a fault line in the United States that will not easily be repaired. And while there’s no one simple answer, Lisa Lucas, head of the National Book Foundation, recommends one way to understand the other side: read.

“My life is small” she says, “and I think books are a way to make your life larger.”

With this spirit of reading and understanding in mind, here are the winners & nominees for each category.  Click on a cover or a highlighted title to place a hold, or click below for a nifty printable list of all the winning and shortlisted titles, courtesy of the National Book Foundation.

National Book Award 2016 List

As of this posting, the Library owns most, but not all, of the nominated titles, so if you see a book that you think the Library should own, let us know by filling out a purchase suggestion.

Fiction

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (WINNER)
FICTION WHITEHEAD


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The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder

News of the World by Paulette Jiles
FICTION JILES

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION WOODSON

 

Nonfiction

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Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (WINNER)
305.8009 KENDI


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Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
320.5209 HOCHSCHI

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen
959.7043 NGUYEN

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andres Resendez
306.362 RESENDEZ

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson
365.9747 THOMPSON

 

Poetry

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The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky (WINNER)


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Collected Poems 1974-2004 by Rita Dove

Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi

The Abridged History of Rainfall by Jay Hopler

Look by Solmaz Sharif

 

Young People’s Literature

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March, Book 3 by John Lewis (WINNER)
GRAPHIC NOVEL MARCH


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Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
J DICAMILL

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
J LIN

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
J REYNOLDS

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
YA FICTION YOON

 

Choose a book and let your life grow larger.

Happy reading!

—Katie, Adult Reference