2020 National Book Awards Winners

Winners of the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Young People’s Literature, and Translated Literature categories were announced November 18, 2020 in a virtual ceremony.

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Pantheon) won the Fiction category. King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (Scholastic) won the Young People’s Literature category. Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri, translated by Morgan Giles (Riverhead), won the Translated Literature category.

Winners for non-fiction and poetry were also announced.

388 books were submitted for the Fiction category, 130 books for Translated Literature, and 311 books for Young People’s Literature. The 2020 Fiction judges were Roxane Gay (chair), Cristina Henríquez, Laird Hunt, Rebecca Makkai, and Keaton Patterson. The Translated Literature judges were Heather Cleary, John Darnielle, Anne Ishii, Brad Johnson, and Dinaw Mengestu (chair). The Young People’s Literature judges were Randy Ribay, Neal Shusterman, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Joan Trygg (chair), and Colleen AF Venable.

Each of the category winners receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture.

For more information, including the complete lists of winners, see the National Book Foundation site.

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