And just like that – we’ve arrived at the end of the year, and the last MAJOR Book Awards to be presented in 2019 – that we’ve been tracking – has been presented. We first shared this calendar in January, and now, at the end of November, here’s a look at the WINNERS. Which books have you read? Which of the winners did you predict? We’re also now hosting a Book Awards Reading Challenge for 2020 – so check it out and join in as we choose a book from the award winners to read each month.
COSTA BOOK AWARDS
The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognizes books written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. The prize has five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year.
The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found, Bart van Es
* NEW * Book of the Year Winner
The extraordinary true story of a young Jewish girl in Holland during World War II, who hides from the Nazis in the homes of an underground network of foster families.
- Jan. 29, 2019 – Book of the Year Winner
- Jan. 7, 2018 – Category Winners
- Nov. 22, 2018 – Category Shortlists
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction recognize the best Fiction and Non-Fiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The awards are given by the American Library Association, and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers.
The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai
* NEW * Best Fiction
In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, his friend Nico’s little sister.
- Jan. 27, 2019 – Winners announced
- Oct. 24, 2018 – Shortlist
- Sep. 27, 2018 – Longlist
The Audie Awards, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment in 29 categories.
Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi – Read by Bahni Turpin
* NEW * Audiobook of the Year
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
- Mar. 4, 2019 – Winners announced
- Feb. 6, 2019 – Finalists
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
The National Book Critics Circle Awards honor the best literature published in the United States in six categories – autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Also added in recent years is the John Leonard Award, a new prize honoring an author’s first book. These are the only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves.
Milkman, Anna Burns
* NEW * Best Fiction
In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumors start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.
- Mar. 14, 2019 – Winners announced
- Jan. 22, 2019 – Finalists
THE EDGAR AWARDS
The Edgar Awards are presented by the Mystery Writers of America honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television.
Down the River Unto the Sea, Walter Mosley
* NEW * Best Novel
Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD’s finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of–and why.
- Apr. 25, 2019 – Winners announced
- Jan. 22, 2019 – Nominees
The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.
The Overstory, Richard Powers
* NEW * Fiction
There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.
- Apr. 25, 2019 – Winners and Nominated finalists announced
Best Translated Book Awards
The Best Translated Book Awards honor the best original works of international fiction and poetry published in the U.S. during the previous year.
Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau, Translated from French and Creole by Linda Coverdal
* NEW * Best Fiction
We follow an elderly slave’s daring escape into the wild from a plantation in Martinique, with his master and a fearsome hound on his heels. The old man’s flight to freedom will transform them all in truly astonishing – even otherworldly – ways, as the overwhelming physical presence of the forest reshapes reality and time itself. Chamoiseau’s exquisitely rendered new novel is an adventure for all time, one that fearlessly portrays the demonic cruelties of the slave trade and its human costs in vivid, sometimes hallucinatory prose.
- May 31, 2019 – Winners
- May. 15, 20198 – Finalists
- Apr. 10, 2019 – Longlist
The Stoker Award is a recognition presented annually by the Horror Writers Association for “superior achievement” in dark fantasy and horror writing.
The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay
* NEW * Superior Achievement in a Novel
One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.”
- May 11, 2019 – Winners announced
- Feb. 23, 2019 – Finalists
- Feb. 2, 2019 – Preliminary Ballot
The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. They are given each year for various categories including best novel, novella, novelette, short story along with the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal
* NEW * Best Novel
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.
- May 18, 2019 – Winners
- Feb. 19, 2019 – Nominees
Women’s Prize for Fiction
The Women’s Prize for Fiction is a UK-based award honoring the best novel of the year written in English by a female author
An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
* NEW * Best Novel
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined.
- Jun. 5, 2019 – Winner
- Apr. 29 2019- Shortlist
- Mar. 8, 2019 – Longlist
The Locus Award Winners. Recognizes excellence in science fiction and fantasy literature.
The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal – Science Fiction Novel – Winner
Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik – Fantasy Novel – Winner
The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay – Horror Novel – Winner
- Jun. 29, 2019 – Winner
- Apr. 2019 – Finalists
The purpose of the RITA (Romance) Awards is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.
Lady in Waiting, Marie Tremayne
* NEW * First Novel Winner
When Clara Mayfield helps her sister elope, she’s prepared for the scandal to seal her fate as a spinster. What she doesn’t expect is to find herself engaged to the vile Baron Rutherford as a means of salvaging her family’s reputation. Determined not to be chained to a man she loathes, Clara slips out of Essex and sheds her identity: she becomes Helen, maid at the Earl of Ashworth’s country estate. After all, below stairs is the last place anyone would think to look for an heiress.
- Jul. 26, 2019 – Winners
- Mar. 21, 2019 – Finalists
The Hugo Awards
The Hugo Awards Winners are for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy.
The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal
* NEW * Best Novel – Winner
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.
- Aug. 18, 2019 – Winner
- Mar. 30, 2019 – Finalists
The Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK or Ireland.
The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale #2), Margaret Atwood AND Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo
* NEW * Winners
The Testaments — Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.
- Oct. 15, 2019 – Winner
- Sep 19, 2019. – Shortlist
- July 23, 2019 – Longlist
The Nobel Prize in Literature
Both the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prizes in Literature were awarded in 2019.
Olga Tokarczuk – 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature…
“for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”
Peter Handke – 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature…
“for influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of the human experience.
- Oct. 10, 2019 – Winner
World Fantasy Awards
The World Fantasy Awards are a set of awards given each year for the best fantasy fiction published during the previous calendar year.
Witchmark, C.L. Polk
Novel – Winner
Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family’s interest or to be committed to a witches’ asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. Even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans’ hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is. When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder.
- Nov. 3, 2019 – Winner
- Jul. 24, 2019 – Nominees
The Giller Prize
The Scotiabank Giller Prize is a literary award given to a Canadian author of a novel or short story collection published in English the previous year.
Reproduction, Ian Williams
Felicia and Edgar meet as their mothers are dying. Felicia, a teen from an island nation, and Edgar, the lazy heir of a wealthy German family, come together only because their mothers share a hospital room. When Felicia’s mother dies and Edgar’s “Mutter” does not, Felicia drops out of high school and takes a job as Mutter’s caregiver. While Felicia and Edgar don’t quite understand each other, and Felicia recognizes that Edgar is selfish, arrogant, and often unkind, they form a bond built on grief (and proximity) that results in the birth of a son Felicia calls Armistice. Or Army, for short.
Some years later, Felicia and Army (now 14) are living in the basement of a home owned by Oliver, a divorced man of Portuguese descent who has two kids–the teenaged Heather and the odd little Hendrix. Along with Felicia and Army, they form an unconventional family, except that Army wants to sleep with Heather, and Oliver wants to kill Army. Then Army’s fascination with his absent father–and his absent father’s money–begins to grow as odd gifts from Edgar begin to show up. And Felicia feels Edgar’s unwelcome shadow looming over them. A brutal assault, a mortal disease, a death, and a birth reshuffle this group of people again to form another version of the family.
- Nov. 18, 2019 – Winner
- Oct. 2019 – Shortlist
- Sep. 2019 – Longlist
National Book Award
The National Book Awards celebrates the best in American literature. The Awards currently honors the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature published each year.
Trust Exercise, Susan Choi
Fiction – Winner
In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed – or untoyed with – by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.
- Nov. 20, 2019 – Winners
- Oct. 2019 – Finalists
- Sep. 2019 – Longlist