Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize “promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year.” For a complete list of Man Booker recipients, visit the Man Booker Prize website.

2017 Recipient


2017 Finalists

National Book Award

Awarded annually by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award is given to recognize outstanding achievement in four genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. For a list of past winners and nominees, visit the National Book Award website.

2016 Award Recipients

Fiction

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

Poetry

The Performance of Becoming Human, by Daniel Borzutzky
The Performance of Becoming Human
by Daniel Borzutzky

2017 Fiction & Poetry Award Finalists

National Book Critics Circle Award

Recognizing “the finest books and reviews published in English”, The National Book Critics Circle Awards are given annually in six categories: fiction, general nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, and criticism. For a list of past winners and nominees, visit the National Book Critics Circle Award website.

2016 Award Recipients

Fiction

LaRose, by Louise Erdrich
LaRose
by Louise Erdrich

Poetry

House of Lords and Commons, by Ishion Hutchinson
House of Lords and Commons
by Ishion Hutchinson

2016 Fiction & Poetry Award Finalists

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Awarded annually by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, this award “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” For a complete list of all PEN/Faulkner winners and finalists, visit the PEN/Faulkner Foundation website.

2017 Award Winner

Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo MbueBehold the Dreamers
by Imbolo Mbue

2017 Award Finalists

Pultizer Prize

Awarded annually in five categories for books (fiction, general nonfiction, history, biography/autobiography, and poetry), the Pulitzer Prize recognizes the best in letters and is considered by many the most prestigious award an author may receive. For a complete list of all Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, visit the Pulitzer Prize website.

2017 Award Winner

The Underground Railroad / Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

2017 Fiction Award Finalists

Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

A joint initiative of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the American Library Association, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction was established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. For more, visit the Carnegie Medal website.

2017 Award Winner

The Underground Railroad / Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

2017 Finalists

National Book Award

Awarded annually by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award is given to recognize outstanding achievement in four genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. For a list of past winners and nominees, visit the National Book Award website.

2016 Award Recipient

Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram X. KendiStamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
by Ibram X. Kendi

2017 Award Finalists

National Book Critics Circle Award

Recognizing “the finest books and reviews published in English”, The National Book Critics Circle Awards are given annually in six categories: fiction, general nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, and criticism. For a list of past winners and nominees, visit the National Book Critics Circle Award website.

2016 Award Recipients

Nonfiction

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City / Matthew Desmond
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond

Autobiography

Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren

Biography

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, by Ruth Franklin
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
by Ruth Franklin

Criticism

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson:
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
by Carol Anderson

2016 Non-fiction, Biography, Autobiography & Criticism Award Finalists

Pultizer Prize

Awarded annually in five categories for books (fiction, general nonfiction, history, biography/autobiography, and poetry), the Pulitzer Prize recognizes the best in letters and is considered by many the most prestigious award an author may receive. For a complete list of all Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, visit the Pulitzer Prize website.

2017 Award Winners

General Nonfiction

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City / Matthew Desmond
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond

History

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy / Heather Ann Thompson
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
by Heather Ann Thompson

Biography/Autobiography

Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar
Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between
by Hisham Matar

2017 Non-fiction, History & Biography/Autobiography Award Finalists

Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

A joint initiative of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the American Library Association, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction was established in 2012 to recognize the best nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. For more, visit the Carnegie Medal website.

2017 Award Winner

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew DesmondEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond

2017 Finalists

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award

The Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award began 1998 to encourage reading for students in Grades K-3. The award was established to encourage reading for students in Grades K-3. Like the Charlie May Simon Awards, the award is selected by an annual vote. Children in Grades K-3 must have read at least three of the titles from the annual reading list and select one title. For a complete list of all Arkansas Diamond winners, visit the Arkansas State Library website.

2017 Award Winner

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine ApplegateIvan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
by Katherine Applegate

2017 Honor Book

My Teacher Is A Monster! (No, I Am Not.), by Peter BrownMy Teacher Is A Monster! (No, I Am Not.)
by Peter Brown

Charlie May Simon Award

The Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award for children’s literature has been presented annually since 1971 to an author whose book has been selected through a vote taken by Arkansas school children in grades four, five and six. The purpose of the award is to promote better reading for children and to recognize Mrs. John Gould Fletcher, an outstanding Arkansas author who wrote under the pen name Charlie May Simon. For a complete list of all Charlie Simon Award winners, visit the Arkansas State Library website.

2017 Award Winner

The Crossover, by Kwame AlexanderThe Crossover
by Kwame Alexander

2017 Honor Book

El Deafo, by Cece BellEl Deafo
by Cece Bell

Pura Belpré Award

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, the Pura Belpré Award is given to the “Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth”. For a complete list of all Belpré winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

2017 Award Winners
2017 Author & Illustrator Honor Books

Caldecott Medal

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Caldecott Medal is given to “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in English in the United States during the preceding year.” For a complete list of all Caldecott winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

2017 Award Winner
2017 Honor Books

Geisel Award

Named in honor of Theoder Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, the Geisel Award is given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to “the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year”. For a complete list of all Geisel winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

2017 Award Winner
2017 Honor Books

Coretta Scott King Award

Awarded annually by the American Library Association, the King Award is given to “African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions”. For a complete list of all King Award winners and honor books, visit the ALA website.

2017 Award Winners
2017 Author & Illustrator Honor Books

National Book Award

Awarded annually by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award is given to recognize outstanding achievement in four genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. For a list of past winners and nominees, visit the National Book Award website.

2016 Award Recipient
2017 Award Finalists

Newbery Medal

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Newbery Medal is given to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” For a complete list of all Newbery winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

2017 Award Winner
2017 Honor Books

Sibert Medal

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Sibert Medal is given to “author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished book published in English during the preceding year”. For a complete list of all Sibert winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

2017 Award Winner

March: Book Three / by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate PowellMarch: Book Three
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell

2017 Honor Books

Edgar Awards

Named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgar is given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition of excellence in mystery fiction and nonfiction. For a complete list of Edgar winners and nominees, visit the Edgar Awards website.

2017 Award Winners

Novel

Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley:
Before the Fall
by Noah Hawley

First Novel

Under the Harrow, by Flynn Berry
Under the Harrow
by Flynn Berry

Fact Crime

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
by Kate Summerscale

2017 Novel, First Novel & Fact Crime Award Nominees

The Hugo Awards

Given by the members of the World Science Fiction Society, the Hugo Awards recognize excellence in the genre of science fiction and fantasy. For a complete list of past winners and nominees, visit the Hugo Awards website.

2017 Best Novel

The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. JemisinThe Obelisk Gate
by N.K. Jemisin

2017 Best Novel Nominees

Nebula Awards

Presented annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Nebula Awards “celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing”. For a complete list of past winners and nominees, visit the Nebula Awards website.

2016 Best Novel Winner

All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane AndersAll the Birds in the Sky
by Charlie Jane Anders

2016 Best Novel Nominees

Thurber Prize for American Humor

Given annually by the Thurber House, the Thurber Prize for American Humor recognizes works of humorous fiction and non-fiction written by American citizens. For a complete list of past winners and nominees, visit the Thurber Prize website.

2016 Winner

The World’s Largest Man / Harrison Scott KeyThe World’s Largest Man
by Harrison Scott Key

2017 Finalists

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