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The National Book Critics Circle Awards 2021

The National Book Critics Circle announced its 30 finalists in six categories --- autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction and poetry --- for the best books of 2021. The winners will be presented on March 17th via Wildbound Live, in a virtual ceremony that will be free and open to the public.

Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2022

The Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2021. The 76th Annual Edgar Awards will be celebrated on April 28th at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square.

The National Book Awards 2021

The winners of the 2021 National Book Award in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature and Young People's Literature were announced on November 17th at the virtual 72nd National Book Awards Ceremony. Two lifetime achievement awards also were presented as part of the evening’s ceremony: Nancy Pearl received the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, and Karen Tei Yamashita was recognized with the Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2021

The 2021 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been awarded to Damon Galgut for THE PROMISE. Set in South Africa during the country’s transition out of apartheid, the book explores the interconnected relationships between the members of a diminishing white family through the sequential lens of four funerals. THE PROMISE is Galgut’s ninth novel and first in seven years; his debut was published when he was just 17. Click here to read more about Galgut and his modern family saga.

The 2021 Kirkus Prize

During an online event hosted by the Austin Central Library, Kirkus Reviews, the nation’s leading prepublication journal of book reviews, announced the winners of the eighth annual Kirkus Prize in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2021

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2021 has been awarded to Abdulrazak Gurnah “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents." Gurnah was born in 1948 and grew up on the island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean, but he arrived in England as a refugee at the end of the 1960s. He has published 10 novels and a number of short stories. The theme of the refugee’s disruption runs throughout his work.

Agatha Awards 2020

On July 17th, the winners of the 2020 Agatha Awards were announced at More Than Malice, Malice Domestic’s virtual festival. The Agatha Awards honor the "traditional mystery," books typified by the works of Agatha Christie and others. For the purposes of Malice Domestic, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore or gratuitous violence, and are not classified as "hard-boiled."

International Thriller Writers Awards 2021

During a ceremony at “Virtual” ThrillerFest on July 10th, the International Thriller Writers announced the winners of the 2021 Thriller Awards. The awards were presented by literary luminaries Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, Walter Mosley, Karin Slaughter and R.L. Stine.

The Man Booker International Prize 2021

The winner of the 2021 Man Booker International Prize is AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK by David Diop, translated from the French by Anna Mocschovakis. Lucy Hughes-Hallett, who chaired a panel of five judges, said, “This story of warfare and love and madness has a terrifying power. The protagonist is accused of sorcery, and there is something uncanny about the way the narrative works on the reader. We judges agreed that its incantatory prose and dark, brilliant vision had jangled our emotions and blown our minds. That it had cast a spell on us.”

Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2021

The Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners for the 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2020. The Edgar® Awards were presented via a live presentation on Zoom and can be found on You Tube or Facebook.