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National Book Awards

The National Book Awards, established in 1950, are awarded by the National Book Foundation. Books are judged by three panels (one each for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) of five judges chosen by the board of directors of the National Book Foundation.

The National Book Awards

Award Winners by Year


2004

Fiction: The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck (HarperCollins)

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Nonfiction: Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle (Henry Holt)

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Poetry: Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003 by Jean Valentine (Wesleyan University Press)

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Young People's Literature: Godless by Pete Hautman (Simon & Schuster)

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2003

Fiction: The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard

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Nonfiction: Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire

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Poetry: The Singing by C.K. Williams

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Young People's Literature: The Canning Season by Polly Horvath

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2002

Fiction: Three Junes by Julia Glass

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Nonfiction: Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro

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Poetry: In the Next Galaxy by Ruth Stone

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Young People's Literature: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

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2001

Fiction: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

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Nonfiction: The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon

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Poetry: Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry by Alan Dugan

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Young People's Literature: True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff

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2000

Fiction: In America by Susan Sontag

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Nonfiction: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

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Poetry: Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000 by Lucille Clifton

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Young People's Literature: Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

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1999

Fiction: Waiting by Ha Jin

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Nonfiction: Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower

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Poetry: Vice: New and Selected Poems by Ai

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Young People's Literature: When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

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1998

Fiction: Charming Billy by Alice McDermott

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Nonfiction: Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball

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Poetry: This Time: New and Selected Poems by Gerald Stern

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Young People's Literature: Holes by Louis Sachar

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1997

Fiction: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

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Nonfiction: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis

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Poetry: Effort at Speech by William Meredith

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1996

Fiction: Ship Fever and Other Stories by Andrea Barrett

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Nonfiction: An American Requiem by James Carroll

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Poetry: Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey by Hayden Carruth

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1995

Fiction: Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth

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1994

Fiction: Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis

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1993

Fiction: The Shipping News by E. Annie Prouix

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Nonfiction: United States: Essays 1952-1992 by Gore Vidal

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Poetry: Garbage by A. R. Ammons

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1992

Fiction: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

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Nonfiction: Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette

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Poetry: New & Selected Poems by Mary Oliver

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1991

Fiction: Mating by Norman Rush

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Nonfiction: Freedom by Orlando Patterson

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Poetry: What Work Is by Philip Levine

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1990

Nonfiction: The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance by Ron Chernow

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Fiction: Middle Passage by Charles Johnson

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