Award Winners

Take a look below for updates on some of the literary world's highest accolades!

2020 National Book Critics Circle

The National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced on March 12, 2020.
Supporting Book Criticism and Literary Culture since 1974, the National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. To see the full list of finalists and other announcements, click here.

Congratulations to the recipients of the book awards for the 2019 publishing year!

Autobiography Biography Criticism
Know My Name
by Chanel Miller
The Queen
by Josh Levin

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
by Saidiya Hartman

Fiction Nonfiction Poetry The John Leonard Prize
Everything Inside
by Edwidge Danticat
Say Nothing
by Patrick Radden Keefe
Magical Negro
by Morgan Parker
The Yellow House
by Sarah M. Broom



The Story Prize 2020
The Story Prize was announced on February 26, 2020.

Edwidge Danticat's Everything Inside is the latest winner of The Story Prize for short fiction collections!

The Story Prize is a $20,000 book prize awarded to the author of the short story collection named best of the year by three independent judges.

Danticat was also the first ever winner for The Dew Breaker fifteen years earlier, in 2005. This makes Danticat the first ever two-time winner of The Story Prize. The other finalists this year were authors Kali Fajardo-Anstine for Sabrina & Corina and Zadie Smith for Grand Union.


The 2020 Newbery and Caldecott Medals
The 2020 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature.

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

This year's winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft!



The 2020 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

This year's winner is The Undefeated illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander!



The 2019 National Book Awards

The winners of the National Book Awards were announced on November 20th, 2019!

The National Book Foundation was founded in 1989 to administer the National Book Awards, which has been one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the country since 1950. The Foundation also produces numerous educational and public programs that help connect readers to books in new and meaningful ways. Congratulations to all the winners!

Fiction Nonfiction Poetry Translated

Trust Exercise
by Susan Choi

The Yellow House
by Sarah M. Broom

Sight Lines
by Arthur Sze

Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming
by László Krasznahorkai

1919: The Year
That Changed America
by Martin W. Sandler

The Man Booker Prize 2019
Congratulations to Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo!

"The leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland."

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo are the joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize with The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other!

The Testaments is available now, and look for Girl, Woman, Other on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019!

The Nobel Prize in Literature

Congratulations to Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature!

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded 112 times to 116 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2019. The 2018 prize was awarded to Olga Tokarczuk "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life." Olga Tokarczuk is the author of Flights, a 2018 National Book Award Finalist for Translated Literature and Winner of the Man Booker International Prize, and most recently Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead.

The 2019 prize was awarded to Peter Handke. Please read Aleksandar Hemon's very important op-ed in the New York Times, click here!

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal,
winner of the Nebula and Hugo Awards!

Congratulations to Mary Robinette Kowal and The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel, winner of the 2019 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Novel!

The 2019 Nebula Award Winners were announced on May 19, 2019. They are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given each year for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story eligible for that year’s award.

The Hugo Awards were announced on August 18th, 2019, and are Science Fiction's most prestigious award, voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention.

2019 Women's Prize for Fiction
The 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction was announced on June 5, 2019.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating & honouring women’s fiction. Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate originality, accessibility & excellence in writing by women and to connect world-class writers with readers everywhere.

This year's winner is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones!





Lambda Literary Awards
The 32nd annual Lambda Literay Award winners will be announced on June 8th, 2020.

To see the Current Finalists in all 24 categories, click here!

The 31st annual Lambda Literay Award winners were announced on June 3rd, 2019.

For over 30 years, "the Lammys" have identified and honored the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books. The Lammys bring together nominees, celebrities, sponsors, and publishing executives to celebrate excellence in LGBTQ publishing. Here are the latest winners:

Lesbian Fiction

The Tiger Flu
by Larissa Lai
Gay Fiction

Jonny Appleseed
by Joshua Whitehead
Bisexual Fiction

by Négar Djavadi
Transgender Fiction

Little Fish
by Casey Plett
Bisexual Nonfiction

The Tiger Flu
by Larissa Lai
Transgender Nonfiction

Histories of the Transgender Child
by Julian Gill-Peterson
LGBTQ Nonfiction

Looking for Lorraine
by Imani Perry
Lesbian Poetry

Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House
by Nina Puro
Gay Poetry

by Justin Phillip Reed
Bisexual Poetry

We Play a Game
by Duy Doan
Transgender Poetry

Lo Terciario
by Raquel Salas Rivera
Lesbian Mystery

A Study in Honor
by Claire O'Dell
Gay Mystery

Late Fees: A Pinx Video Mystery
by Marshall Thornton
Lesbian Biography/Memoir

by Zahra Patterson
Gay Biography/Memoir

No Ashes in the Fire
by Darnell L. Moore
Lesbian Romance

Beowulf for Cretins
by Ann McMan
Gay Romance

Crashing Upwards
by S.C. Wynne
LGBTQ Children's/
Young Adult

Hurricane Child
by Kheryn Callender
LGBTQ Graphic Novel

The Lie and How We Told It
by Tommi Parrish
LGBTQ SciFi/Fantasy/Horror

The Breath of the Sun
by Isaac R. Fellman


2019 Tony Awards
The Tony Awards were announced on June 9, 2019.

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre.

This year's winner for Best Play is The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth!





2019 Pulitzer Prizes
The Pulitzer Prizes were announced on April 15, 2019.

The Pulitzer Prize administration awards prizes across 21 categories in journalism, and the arts each year.

Congratulations to Richard Powers and The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction! The paperback is out now, and we have plenty of copies available in the store. Here are the other 2019 winners in Letters & Drama!

Drama History Biography Poetry General
by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
by David W. Blight
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
by Jeffrey C. Stewart
Be With
by Forrest Gander
Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America
by Eliza Griswold

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes
The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced on April 12, 2019.

The 39th annual ceremony recognized 11 outstanding literary works published in 2018. The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are committed to litereary excellence, championing new voices and celebrating the highest quality of writing from authors at all stages of their careers.

We're very excited for Rebecca Makkai and The Great Believers, winner of the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction! Congratulations to all the winners, check them out below!

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Biography Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose Current Interest Graphic Novel/Comics
Heads of the Colored People
by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
by David W. Blight
Heavy: An American Memoir
by Kiese Laymon
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border
by Francisco Cantú
On A Sunbeam
by Tillie Walden
History Mystery
Poetry Science & Technology Young Adult Literature
Travelers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism 1919-1945
by Julia Boyd
My Sister, the Serial Killer
by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Wild is the Wind
by Carl Phillips
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
by Beth Macy
The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo

2019 National Book Critics Circle
The National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced on March 14, 2019.
The National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. Congratulations to the recipients of the book awards for the 2018 publishing year!

Autobiography Biography Criticism
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
by Nora Krug
Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous
by Christopher Bonanos

Feel Free: Essays
by Zadie Smith

Fiction Nonfiction Poetry The John Leonard Prize
by Anna Burns
Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret War in Afghanistan by Steve Coll The Carrying
by Ada Limón
There There
by Tommy Orange


2019 Edgar Awards Winners
The 2019 Edgar Awards were announced on April 25, 2019.

Each spring Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television. Here are the latest winners for books published in 2018 - Congratulations to Walter Mosley, Robert Fieseler, and all the winners!

Best Mystery Novel of the Year! Best Fact Crime
Down the River Unto the Sea
by Walter Mosley
Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire
and the Rise of Gay Liberation

by Robert Fieseler
Best Paperback Original Best First Novel by an American Author
If I Die Tonight
by Alison Gaylin
by James A. McLaughlin


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