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Here Are The Winners For The 2019 National Book Awards

The biggest awards in American books for 2019 have been decided. On Wednesday night in New York City, recipients of this year’s five prestigious National Book Awards were named, in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, and Poetry. In Fiction, Susan Choi was considered the frontrunner for her provocative, risky novel…

Here Are The Winners For The 2019 National Book Awards

The biggest awards in American books for 2019 have been decided.

On Wednesday night in New York City, recipients of this year’s five prestigious National Book Awards were named, in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, and Poetry.

In Fiction, Susan Choi was considered the frontrunner for her provocative, risky novel set at a performing arts high school, Trust Exercise, and ultimately prevailed. She wins on her first NBA nomination; she’s a previous finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and generated significant attention and praise for this latest effort.

EW called Trust Exercise “a gonzo literary performance one could mistake for a magic trick, duping its readers with glee before leaving them impossibly moved,” in an A- review, back in the spring when it published.

“This book is collaboration more so than any other book I’ve written,” Choi said at the National Book Awards upon accepting her award, before thanking her publishing team. “Given what we’re all facing today, I find it an astonishing privilege what I get to do every day. I get to lead a life centered on books and bring other people into that world.”

In Nonfiction, Sarah M. Broom triumphed with her debut book, The Yellow House, a richly detailed memoir of her family’s history in New Orleans East, pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina. She beat out such oft-published authors as Carolyn Forché (What You Have Heard Is True) and David Treuer (The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee). Broom appeared on EW’s Hot Summer Debut Authors roundtable for The Yellow House, saying, “The entire act of being the baby child of 12 and telling this story felt like a major transgression. It took me a really long time to give myself permission to write the story.”

Other winners Wednesday night included Martin W. Sandler (1919 The Year That Changed America) for Young People’s Literature; Arthur Sze (Sight Lines) for Poetry; and László Krasznahorkai and his book Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming’s translator, Ottilie Mulzet, for Translated Literature.

See the full list below.

FICTION

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  • WINNER: Susan Choi, Trust Exercise


    Henry Holt and Company / Macmillan Publishers
  • Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Sabrina & Corina: Stories


    One World / Penguin Random House
  • Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf


    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
  • Laila Lalami, The Other Americans


    Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House
  • Julia Phillips, Disappearing Earth


    Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

NONFICTION

  • WINNER: Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House


    Grove Press / Grove Atlantic
  • Tressie McMillan Cottom, Thick: And Other Essays


    The New Press
  • Carolyn Forché, What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance


    Penguin Press / Penguin Random House
  • David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present


    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
  • Albert Woodfox with Leslie George, Solitary


    Grove Press / Grove Atlantic

POETRY

  • Jericho Brown, The Tradition


    Copper Canyon Press
  • Toi Derricotte, “I”: New and Selected Poems


    University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic


    Graywolf Press
  • Carmen Giménez Smith, Be Recorder


    Graywolf Press
  • WINNER: Arthur Sze, Sight Lines


    Copper Canyon Press

TRANSLATED LITERATURE

  • Khaled Khalifa, Death Is Hard Work


    Translated from the Arabic by Leri Price


    Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers
  • WINNER: László Krasznahorkai, Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming


    Translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet


    New Directions
  • Scholastique Mukasonga, The Barefoot Woman


    Translated from the French by Jordan Stump


    Archipelago Books
  • Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police


    Translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder


    Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House
  • Pajtim Statovci, Crossing


    Translated from the Finnish by David Hackston


    Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

  • Akwaeke Emezi, Pet


    Make Me a World / Penguin Random House
  • Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks


    Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster
  • Randy Ribay, Patron Saints of Nothing


    Kokila / Penguin Random House
  • Laura Ruby, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All


    Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers
  • WINNER: Martin W. Sandler, 1919 The Year That Changed America


    Bloomsbury Children’s Books / Bloomsbury Publishing

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