The recent award season for the entertainment industry got me thinking about the literary world and the numerous prizes given to award winning books every year. Here are some recent award-winning books you may have missed.
National Book Awards – Every year the National Book Foundation awards prizes in multiple literary categories including Young People’s Literature, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
All That She Carried – Tiya Miles (2021 Nonfiction winner)
Hell of a Book – Jason Mott (2021 Fiction winner)
Floaters: Poems – Martin Espada (2021 Poetry book winner)
Last Night at the Telegraph Club – Malinda Lo (2021 Young People’s Literature winner)
The Pulitzer Prize – Honors artistic excellence in multiple categories including literary works.
The Night Watchman – Louise Erdrich (2021 Fiction winner)
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America – Marcia Chatelain (2021 History winner)
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X – Les and Tamara Payne (2021 Biography winner)
Postcolonial Love Poem – Natalie Diaz (2021 Poetry winner)
Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy- David Zucchino (2021 Nonfiction winner)
Newberry and Caldecott Medals – These are awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature and the most distinguished children’s picture book.
When You Trap a Tiger – Tae Keller (2021 Newberry Medal winner)
Watercress – Andrea Wang and Jason Chin (2022 Caldecott Medal winner)