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National Book Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2021 National Book Awards were announced last week. It’s an exciting time for book-lovers everywhere! Why is that? Well, readers eagerly anticipate the announcement so they can begin reading the most highly acclaimed titles of the year. For those of you wondering what all the hubbub is surrounding this award, allow us to give you a little background information. The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to commemorate the best writing throughout America. The Awards honor the best American Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature and YA Literature. A panel of judges create a longlist with ten titles in each category, which then gets whittled down to five finalists (the shortlist) and finally one winner, who pockets a cool $10,000. Copies of the books on both the longlist and shortlist, along with the official winners, can be found in the Westchester Library catalog. Also, if you’re interested in digging a little deeper, you can click to see a list of the Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry winners dating back twenty years.

 

Fiction Winner 2021- Hell of a Book by Jason Mott.

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Non-Fiction Winner 2021- All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles.

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Poetry Winner 2021- Floaters by Martin Espada.

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Translated Literature Winner 2021- Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin; trans. by Aneesa Abbas Higgins

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