Posted on November 18, 2021 at 7:46 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The 2021 National Book Award winners have been revealed!
The winners, who each receive $10,000, are:
Fiction: Hell of a Book, by Jason Mott.
Nonfiction: All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake, by Tiya Miles.
Poetry: Floaters, by Martín Espada.
Translated literature: Winter in Sokcho, written by Elisa Shua Dusapin and translated from the French by Aneesa Abbas Higgins.
Young people's literature: Last Night at the Telegraph Club , by Malinda Lo.
Two honorary prizes were also presented at the ceremony, which was virtual for a second straight year.
Author-playwright Karen Tei Yamashita received a lifetime achievement medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and author-librarian-NPR commentator Nancy Pearl was given the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.
The Associated Press notes that both Yamashita and Pearl, in accepting their awards, expressed concerns about a current wave of censorship attempts in schools and libraries as well as attacks against racial minorities.
Here are the shortlists for each category, if you're curious about all of the nominees.
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