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:
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (fiction)
- Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (nonfiction)
- The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky (poetry)
- March, Book 3 by John Lewis (young people’s literature)
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.
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.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (WINNER)
The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (WINNER)
Young People’s Literature
March, Book 3 by John Lewis (WINNER)
GRAPHIC NOVEL MARCH
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
YA FICTION YOON
Choose a book and let your life grow larger.
—Katie, Adult Reference