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2023 National Book Award Winners

2023 National Book Award Winners

Written by: Nick Philip, Adult Services Supervisor

The winners of the 2023 National Book Awards have been announced! The National Book Awards are awarded each year by the National Book Foundation to one book from the five categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature. Winners receive a $10,000 prize and finalists receive $1,000. Each category’s winner and finalists are below, along with corresponding links to the titles in our catalog.



Winner: Blackouts by Justin Torres

Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Temple Folk by Aaliyah Bilal

This Other Eden by Paul Harding

The End of Drum-Time by Hanna Pylvӓinen



Winner: The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History by Ned Blackhawk

Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice by Cristina Rivera Garza

Ordinary Notes by Christina Sharpe

We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I: A Palestinian Memoir by Raja Shehadeh

Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World by John Vaillant



Winner: from unincorporated territory [åmot] by Craig Santos Perez

How to Communicate by John Lee Clark

suddenly we by Evie Shockley

Tripas by Brandon Som

From From by Monica Youn


Translated Literature

Winner: The Words That Remain by Stênio Gardel; translated from Portuguese by Bruna Dantas Lobato

Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung; translated from Korean by Anton Hur

Beyond the Door of No Return by David Diop; translated from French by Sam Taylor

Abyss by Pilar Quintana; translated from Spanish by Lisa Dillman

On a Woman’s Madness by Astrid Roemer; translated from Dutch by Lucy Scott


Young People’s Literature

Winner: A First Time for Everything, Dan Santat

Gather by Kenneth M. Cadow

Huda F Cares? by Huda Fahmy

Big by Vashti Harrison

The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine by Katherine Marsh



If you’re interested in exploring some past winners, here’s a list of past prize winners in the fiction category, with links to the catalog attached.

2023Justin TorresBlackouts
2022Tess GuntyThe Rabbit Hutch
2021Jason MottHell of a Book
2020Charles YuInterior Chinatown
2019Susan ChoiTrust Exercise
2018Sigrid NunezThe Friend
2017Jesmyn WardSing, Unburied, Sing
2016Colson WhiteheadThe Underground Railroad
2015Adam JohnsonFortune Smiles
2014Phil KlayRedeployment
2013James McBrideThe Good Lord Bird
2012Louise ErdrichThe Round House
2011Jesmyn WardSalvage the Bones
2010Jaimy GordonLord of Misrule
2009Colum McCannLet the Great World Spin
2008Peter MatthiessenShadow Country
2007Denis JohnsonTree of Smoke
2006Richard PowersThe Echo Maker
2005William T. VollmannEurope Central
2004Lily TuckThe News from Paraguay
2003Shirley HazzardThe Great Fire
2002Julia GlassThree Junes
2001Jonathan FranzenThe Corrections
2000Susan SontagIn America
1999Ha JinWaiting
1998Alice McDermottCharming Billy
1997Charles FrazierCold Mountain
1996Andrea BarrettShip Fever and Other Stories
1995Philip RothSabbath's Theater
1994William GaddisA Frolic of His Own
1993E. Annie ProulxThe Shipping News
1992Cormac McCarthyAll the Pretty Horses
1991Norman RushMating
1990Charles JohnsonMiddle Passage
1989John CaseySpartina
1988Pete DexterParis Trout
1987Larry HeinemannPaco's Story
1986EL DoctorowWorld's Fair
1985Don DeLilloWhite Noise
1984Ellen GilchristVictory Over Japan: A Book of Stories
1983Alice WalkerThe Color Purple
1982John UpdikeRabbit is Rich
1981Wright MorrisPlains Song: For Female Voices
1980William StyronSophie's Choice
1979Tim O'BrienGoing After Cacciato
1978Mary Lee SettleBlood Tie
1977Wallace StegnerThe Spectator Bird
1976William GaddisJ R
1975Robert StoneDog Soldiers
1974Thomas PynchonGravity's Rainbow
1973John BarthChimera
1972Flannery O'ConnorThe Complete Stories
1971Saul BellowMr. Sammler's Planet
1970Joyce Carol Oatesthem
1969Jerzy KosinskiSteps
1968Thornton WilderThe Eighth Day
1967Bernard MalamudThe Fixer
1966Katherine Anne PorterThe Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
1965Saul BellowHerzog
1964John UpdikeThe Centaur
1963JF PowersMorte d'Urban
1962Walker PercyThe Moviegoer
1961Conrad RichterThe Waters of Kronos
1960Philip RothGoodbye, Columbus
1959Bernard MalamudThe Magic Barrel
1958John CheeverThe Wapshot Chronicle
1957Wright MorrisThe Field of Vision
1956John O'HaraTen North Frederick
1955William FaulknerA Fable
1954Saul BellowThe Adventures of Augie March
1953Ralph EllisonThe Invisible Man
1952James JonesFrom Here to Eternity
1951William FaulknerCollected Stories of William Faulkner
1950Nelson AlgrenThe Man with the Golden Arm

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