Award Winning Books

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Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize is one of the world's most prestigious awards for contemporary fiction. It is awarded each year to the best novel written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or Ireland. For a complete list of nominees and winners visit Booker Prize

2014 Winner



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National Book Award

The National Book Award is presented annually to an American writer. It is one of the most preeminent literary prizes in the United States. For a complete list of previous nominees and winners, including other categories, visit the National Book Foundation


2014 Winner


“Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.” (Amazon)


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2014 Winner


"Age of Ambition is a splendid and entertaining picture of 21st-century China, painted by a young American who moves with ease around the country rather like one of Mao Zedong's proverbial fishes. With a sharp eye and a keen nose, Mr. Osnos, a well-connected writer for the New Yorker, introduces us to the people living in a country undergoing 'a transformation one hundred times the scale, and ten times the speed, of the first Industrial Revolution, which created modern Britain.'" (The Wall Street Journal)


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National Book Critics Circle Award

The National Book Critics Circle awards are given each March and honor the best literature published in the United States in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. These are the only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves. For a complete list of winners, including categories for biography, criticism, and poetry visit NBCC


2014 Winner


“[A] companion to her earlier novels about the small town of Gilead, Iowa: “Gilead” (also a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction) and “Home.” No one writes so simply yet profoundly of our yearnings and struggles, our troubling doubts and grateful affirmations of the good when we encounter it at last." - NBCC 2014 Award press release.


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2014 Winner


“In forceful, elegant prose, Davis details how Africans, reduced to chattel status, rejected animalization through escape to maroon communities and revolt. And once free, those former slaves fought alongside free blacks petitioning for the abolition of slavery, enforcing black humanity, and staking claims to freedom, independence, and citizenship from Haiti to Maryland to Brazil.” - NBCC board member Walton Muyumba


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Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in Literature distinguishes the works of authors from many different countries, cultures, and languages. The prize has been awarded to acclaimed authors as well as undiscovered talent. Visit for the complete list of Nobel Laureates in Literature.

2014 Winner: Patrick Modiano

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PEN/Faulkner Award

The PEN/Faulkner Award honors the best work of fiction published by an American in a single calendar year. The largest peer-reviewed literary prize in the country, the PEN/Faulkner Award continues to recognize the finest American fiction being produced today. For a complete list of winners visit PEN/Faulkner.

2015 Winner


"Atticus Lish’s Preparation for the Next Life is a document of the undocumented and an unlikely love story between a Chinese Muslim immigrant, Zou Lei, and a traumatized Iraq War veteran, Skinner... Lish’s prose is dogged and steadfast as he describes his characters’ raw reality and the desperate lives they struggle to lead. Praising the novel in The Nation, Madison Smartt Bell writes: 'The members of our polymorphous underclasses most often appear as statistics; in presenting a few of them as individuals, Lish offers his audience a salubrious shock.'" -Pen/Faulkner Award announcement.


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Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize for fiction is an annual award given to an American author, with preference to work pertaining to American issues. Visit Pulitzer Prizesfor more information.


2015 Winner


“A novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned, Doerr’s magnificently drawn story seems at once spacious and tightly composed. . . . Doerr masterfully and knowledgeably recreates the deprived civilian conditions of war-torn France and the strictly controlled lives of the military occupiers.” (Booklist (starred review))

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2015 Winner


Arresting . . . Ms. Kolbert shows in these pages that she can write with elegiac poetry about the vanishing creatures of this planet, but the real power of her book resides in the hard science and historical context she delivers here, documenting the mounting losses that human beings are leaving in their wake. (The New York Times)


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Other Awards



Inspirational Fiction



Science Fiction


Various Awards

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