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

2015 Winner


"On 3 December 1976, just weeks before the general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica concert to ease political tensions, seven men stormed his house with machine guns. Marley survived and went on to perform at the free concert. But the next day he left the country and didn’t return for two years. Inspired by this event, A Brief History of Seven Killings takes the form of an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, witnesses, killers, members of parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards' drug dealer. The story traverses strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are examined – and questions asked." (The Man Booker Prize)


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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


2015 Winner


“There is poetry and heartbreak on every page of Adam Johnson’s extraordinary story collection, Fortune Smiles. Johnson is a virtuoso, writing with the same sensitivity and insight whether his setting is North Korea or New Orleans, Palo Alto or some other, imaginary world, as flawed and secretive as our own.” (National Book Foundation)


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2015 Winner


"Between The World and Me is a brutally honest portrayal of the plight of the African-American male in this country. Composed as a letter to his adolescent son, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes with chilling bleakness and precision about racism in America. This is no simple account of racism, but rather a concise attack on a system which has consistently rendered black lives worthless. Incorporating history and personal memoir, Coates has succeeded in creating an essential text for any thinking American today." (National Book Foundation)


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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


2015 Winner


“A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant." -


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2015 Winner


“'I realized the history of heroin was best told by addicts, the older the better,' Quinones writes, and this is a book that contains a chorus of voices: addicts, dealers, doctors, survivors. His book is built on an accumulation of narrative detail and individual stories—the only adequate way to describe what he calls “the worst drug scourge to ever hit this country.” Masterful and sobering, Dreamland reads like a classic tragedy, in which what we fervently wanted, an absence of pain, turned out to cause more damage than anyone could have imagined..” - NBCC Review


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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.

2015 Winner: Svetlana Alexievich


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.


2016 Winner


“A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties. In dialogue with but diametrically opposed to the narratives of the Vietnam War that have preceded it, this novel offers an important and unfamiliar new perspective on the war: that of a conflicted communist sympathizer.” (Pulitzer, Grove Press)

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2016 Winner


In a thrilling dramatic narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. (Pulitzer, Doubleday)


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Other Awards






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