National Book Awards Announce 2021 Finalists


The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Since 1989, they have been overseen by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. Although other categories have been recognized in the past, the Awards currently honors the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature published each year. (National Book Awards Website)







Translated Literature

  • Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin and translated from the French by Aneesa Abbas Higgins (Open Letter)
  • Peach Blossom Paradise by Ge Fei and translated from the Chinese by Canaan Morse (New York Review Books)
  • The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernández and translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer (Graywolf Press)
  • When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut and translated from the Spanish by Adrian Nathan West (New York Review Books)
  • Planet of Clay by Samar Yazbek and translated from the Arabic by Leri Price (World Editions)


Young People’s Literature

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