US National Book Awards 2020 winners announced.

The winners of the US National Book Awards 2020 were announced

a virtual ceremony streaming online on November 18, 2020.


e US National Book Foundation presents the National Book Awards and two-lifetime achievement awards to authors every November. The longlisted nominees for 2020 were announced in September and the shortlist revealed on October 6./he winners for the year were announced in a virtual ceremony hosted by Jason Reynolds on November 8. The event, the last year with National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas in charge, centred Black lives with a film showing their importance to the organisation. Ms. Lucas, in an evening gown and crocs, also showed the work that they had been doing in the community during a pandemic year.

The awards handed out on the evening were fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature. The African American winners of the awards were;

Nonfiction: Les Payne and Tamara Payne, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company.

Young People’s Literature: Kacen Callender, King and the Dragonflies, Scholastic Press / Scholastic Inc.

Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters: Walter Mosley

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