Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.
1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler
2019 Long List:
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw