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MISSION

The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture.

VALUES

The National Book Foundation is guided by the following core beliefs:

  • Books are essential to a thriving cultural landscape
  • Books and literature provide a depth of engagement that helps to protect, stimulate, and promote discourse in American society
  • Books and literature are for everyone, no matter where the reader is situated geographically, economically, racially, or otherwise

 

[We] chose a body of literature that critically and anecdotally explores our nation’s prisons and the crisis of mass incarceration.

—LITERATURE FOR JUSTICE COMMITTEE

 

 

2019

winners

 

Discover honored books by category:

 

WINNER

FINALISTS

LONGLIST

 
Judges
Dorothy Allison

DOROTHY ALLISON

 

Ruth Dickey
RUTH DICKEY

 

Javier Ramirez
JAVIER RAMIREZ

 

Danzy Senna
DANZY SENNA

Chair

Jeff VanderMeer
JEFF VANDERMEER

 

 
Media


Susan Choi accepts the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction for Trust Exercise


Sarah M. Broom accepts the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction for The Yellow House


Arthur Sze accepts the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry for Sight Lines


László Krasznahorkai accepts 2019 National Book Award for Translated Literature


Edmund White receives the 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters


Martin W. Sandler accepts the 2019 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature


Oren Teicher accepts the 2019 Literarian Award at the National Book Awards Ceremony


2019 National Book Awards Ballot