Here’s a list of some of the Major Book Awards to be presented in 2019 including a highlighted book from one of the winners of the previous year. This will be updated throughout the year as the awards take place, with current award winners.
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 – 2018
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 – 2019
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 – 2019
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 – Winner (2018)
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 – Winner
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 – Winner
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 – Winner
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 – Winner (2018)
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 – 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. 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 – Winner
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 represnts 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 preiphery 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.
The Changeling, Victor LaValle
Novel – Winner (Tie with Jade City, Fonda Lee)
Apollo Kagwa has had strange dreams that have haunted him since childhood. An antiquarian book dealer with a business called Improbabilia, he is just beginning to settle into his new life as a committed and involved father, unlike his own father who abandoned him, when his wife Emma begins acting strange. Disconnected and uninterested in their new baby boy, Emma at first seems to be exhibiting all the signs of post-partum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go far beyond that. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act—beyond any parent’s comprehension—and vanishes, seemingly into thin air.
- Nov. 3, 2019 – Winner
- Jul. 24, 2019 – Nominees
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.
The Friend, Sigrid Nunez
Fiction – Winner
When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog’s care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them.
- Nov. 13, 2019 – Winners
- Oct. 2019 – Finalists
- Sep. 2019 – Longlist
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.
Washington Black, Esi Edugyan
In 1830, two English brothers arrive at a Barbados sugar plantation, bringing with them a darkness beyond what the slaves have already known. Washington Black, an eleven-year-old field slave, is horrified to find himself chosen to live in the quarters of one of these men. But his new master is not as Washington expects him to be. He is the eccentric Christopher Wilde, naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist, whose obsession with perfecting a winged flying machine disturbs all who know him. Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea viewed from a hilltop explodes with light, where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning—and where two people separated by an impossible divide can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed one fateful night, Washington is left at the mercy of his new masters.
- Nov. 18, 2019 – Winner
- Oct. 2019 – Shortlist
- Sep. 2019 – Longlist
Do you pay attention to literary awards? Which ones? Have you read any of these award winning books?